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Guide to Kew

Kew is a suburban district located in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is the location of important historical documents such as the Domesday Book, as well as once being home to artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and Johann Zoffany during the 18th century.

The name Kew is a combination of two words: the Old French kai (meaning “landing place”) and Old English hoh (“spur of land”).

During the French Revolution, scores of refugees established themselves in Kew, having built many of the houses of this period. Kew has many historic properties with traditional features to offer, as well as terraced houses, detached properties and flats to rent or buy.


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Kew is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, a 26-acre site which has 40 historically important buildings and over 40,000 species of plants. It is also home to Kew Palace, the 17th century home of King George III.

Restaurants in Kew include the family-run Italian Q Verde, serving up chorizo and rosti potatoes for starters. If French cuisine is more to your liking, you could sample a seasonal cocktail at modern European eatery The Glasshouse.

Highly rated schools in the area include Broomfield House School (independent), The Queen’s C of E Primary School (comprehensive) and Unicorn School (independent).

Those who work in London can enjoy an easy commute to the capital thanks to the direct train service, which takes just 30 minutes to get from Kew to London Victoria.


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