East Sheen Area Guide
Bordering the Thames, surrounded by the stunning open spaces of Richmond Park, and featuring a vibrant High Street of independent stores and cafés, East Sheen has a lovely village feel which belies its proximity to Central London.
In the 13th century, Richmond area used to be called Sheen or Shene, and East Sheen was the designated area east of Richmond. Only when Henry VII built the Richmond Palace, that the town took its name, leaving East Sheen on its own. Nowadays, East Sheen is part of the Mortlake district and its borders are difficult to define. Where East Sheen is broadly the area south of the Upper Richmond Road, opinions differ as to where Mortlake starts and where East Sheen ends.
Architecturally, East Sheen boasts an eclectic mix of residential properties, from pretty Georgian cottages to statuesque Edwardian villas, post-war apartment blocks and contemporary luxury developments. Whatever style or size of property you’re searching for, you’re likely to find it here.
East Sheen is known for having some of the best bars and restaurants in West London, as well as independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants. The Hare & Hounds has a popular beer garden, jammed on warm summer evenings, and the Victoria and the Plough also offer great food and a convivial atmosphere. The High Street features a pleasant mix of chain, and independent cafes and bars; the same applies to the local retailers, ensuring there’s something for everyone, young families and single professionals. Sandrine Chocolates is a must for all cocoa aficionados, and there are a surprising number of cycle shops.
Richmond Park, the largest of all London’s Royal Parks, dominates the local landscape, offering superlative views over the city. Brimming with parkland and woodland gardens, it has been designated a National Nature Reserve and contains the stunning Pen Ponds and Isabella Plantation. The park is famous for its wildlife, and the populations of Fallow and Red deer which wander freely and add to its lazy charm, making it the perfect destination for leisurely weekend rambles and summer picnics.
The Thames and East Sheen’s surrounding green spaces play host to a variety of sporting venues and community clubs. Richmond Park is home to the Royal Ballet School, whilst Palewell Common hosts the Sheen Lions Football Club, and Kids Works which runs a variety of sports projects and events for local children throughout the year. Sheen Lawn Tennis and Squash club and The Roehampton Club also offer top-notch sporting facilities in Roehampton where you will also find the Bank of England Club and the headquarters of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). The area caters for most sporting interests, from golf and fishing to rowing and weekend fitness ‘boot camps’.
East Sheen’s local schools have an excellent reputation, and it is becoming increasingly common for families to relocate to the area simply to improve their chances of gaining places for their children. Thomson House, and Sheen Mount Primary Schools have been graded outstanding by Ofsted, Tower House also has an excellent reputation. Other schools of note include St Paul’s, The Swedish School, both in Barnes and The German School in nearby Richmond.
East Sheen is well connected to Central London, with trains from Mortlake and North Sheen Stations taking twenty-five minutes to Waterloo. The local underground train service stops at Richmond, where District Line and Silver link services can be accessed, and there are excellent local bus services to Hammersmith, Putney and Richmond.