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Richmond lies in the West London and contains the largest park in London, Richmond Park. It is considered an affluent area with enviable postcodes in Barnes, Mortlake, Sheen and parts of Putney. Some of the most scenic parts lie along the River Thames with quaint walks and eateries. Given it is located in the suburbs of London, open space is more readibly available and there are numerous parks in Richmond which offer some fantastic sports facilities and activities.
Easily the most famous is Richmond Park which is very popular for walkers, runners and cyclists. It is one of the best parks in London for cycling with undulating paths, wild deer and pleasant cafes within its 955 hectares. Some of the other parks and open spaces within the area which are worth writing about are Marble Hill Park, Palewell Park and of course Old Deer Park. Old Deer Park has an indoor swimming pool within its grounds, cricket pitches, public grass tennis courts (very rare) and general recreational space. Cambridge Gardens and Moormead and Bandy Recreation Ground are other areas worth noting when looking for tennis courts in Richmond.
Leisure centres in Richmond are fairly rare, but the council does offer a leisure card for its residents. However separate to leisure centres are numerous schools with sports facilities. Richmond Upon Thames College has a sports hall which can be used for badminton, volleyball, 5 a side football as well as most other indoor sports. Teddington School which counts Jonny Wilkinson amongst its alumni is another great example, whilst Hampton Academy and Richmond Park Academy also have shool facilities for hire in Richmond when not in use by their pupils.