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, Sheen has a lovely village feel which belies its proximity to Central London.
Architecturally, 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.
The Royal Park
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.
Sporting clubs and activities
The Thames and 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, and the area caters for most sporting interests, from golf and fishing to rowing and weekend fitness ‘boot camps’.
Pubs, restaurants, and retail therapy
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.
Transport & travel
Sheen is well connected to Central London, with trains from Mortlake and North Sheen Stations taking twenty-five minutes to Waterloo. The local 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.
Education, education, education
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, East Sheen and Sheen Mount Primary Schools have been graded outstanding by Ofsted, and Richmond Park Academy, and the Independent Preparatory Schools Colet Court and Tower House also have excellent reputations. Other schools of note include St Paul’s, The Swedish School, The German School and The Lady Eleanor Holles School.