Kew Area Guide
Superior transport links mark Kew out as a popular and up-and-coming area of London, characterised by an extensive residential and business presence that is developing to this day. It is also very popular with tourists who visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, which were classified as a World Heritage Site in July 2003, and ensure the area benefits from regular and sustained investment. Workspace has a wide selection of commercial property in Kew available to rent on flexible leases.
What type of businesses does Kew suit?
Superior transport links mean Kew would ideally suit a business looking for a cost-effective presence in South West London but with easy access to the major central business districts. Commercial property in inner London frequently attracts a price-premium so properties in Kew may also attract start-ups and smaller businesses that may have lower amounts of capital available.
Kew is in the TW9 postcode region and is extremely well connected via both road and rail. The South Circular (A205) passes through the area, offering rapid access to important parts of Outer London. Richmond is easily accessible via Kew Road, whilst the M4 motorway begins a short distance north of Kew: this provides a link to London Heathrow airport. Kew Gardens station provides both underground connections to the District line and mainline rail connections to the North London line via London Overground.
Liverpool Street: 51 minutes
Waterloo: 38 minutes
Euston: 40 minutes
Canary Wharf: 51 minutes
Kew’s tourist appeal means it is not short on good value, memorable eateries. Expect some serious diversity and a range of world cuisines, many of which are combined with stunning architecture. Botanist on the Green (3-5 Kew Green
Kew Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AA) is a lovely gastropub and restaurant located in the middle of Kew Gardens. You really couldn’t ask for a better venue, or view, and the food is excellent too. Try the Kew Greenhouse (1 Station Parade, Kew, TW9 3PS) for a delicious, yet more informal, dining experience.
The Greyhound (82, Kew Green, TW9 3AP) has a regular quiz night, a very well respected Sunday roast and a beautiful riverside location that is idyllic in the summer months. The Coach and Horses (8 Kew Green, Richmond, TW9 3BH) is also a popular local establishment.
Royal Botanic Gardens
An official World Heritage Site, the Royal Botanic Gardens are comprised of 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses, overseen by a staff of 700 and visited by 2 million people a year. Created in 1759, the gardens contain the world’s largest collection of living plants.
Situated on the banks of the River Thames, Kew Palace is a manor house-sized attraction. Following extensive refurbishment, the Palace is now open to the public and features beautiful interiors and also contemporary draperies constructed to resemble classic designs.
The National Archives
Tasked with ensuring information is preserved and maintained to the highest standard, the National Archives is the UK government’s official archive. It contains over 1000 years of history with records based on everything from paper scrolls to parchment and digital files.