Photos: Emma Durnford
Teddington was recently crowned ‘Best place to live in London’ in The Sunday Times’ round-up of Best Places to Live in the UK. The criteria for an aspirational address in 2021 included not only great houses and schools, but also ‘a supportive community, where practical conveniences are well catered for locally and where there is easy access to mind-expanding, lung-filling countryside, or seaside – or a great park with a pond.’ (Boxes ticked in Teddington!)
The article noted that while in many areas of the capital retail has shut up shop for good, in Teddington ‘the lights are on and the queues are friendly.’ Among those to get a mention were The Good Wine Shop, Teddington Essentials, Teddington Hardware and the Lensbury Resort.
Of course, it’s no surprise to locals to find their town top of the London list. We’ve long known what makes living here so special, and there really does seem to be something for everyone. We asked a few locals and contributors what businesses and services make Teddington their No. 1 choice:
“I love Teddington and feel so lucky to have so many quality shops and restaurants to choose from. My two favourites are The Railway Pub (their Fish & Chips and Sunday Roast takeaways have been so appreciated during lockdown!) and the Flying Cloud Cafe, by the lock, because the coffee is nice and the girls always have a smile and a kind word to offer, plus my dog is a big fan of the doggy biscuit tin!”
Corine Sellers, Marketing & Media Partnership Consultant.
“Shambles is THE venue for me – whether just for coffee, an intimate lunch, a multi-course dinner, a coffee morning, or a meeting to arrange the Village Fair or Christmas Lights. The food is outstanding and varied, the service is excellent and unobtrusive, and the atmosphere is always special.”
Sheena Herold, Chairman, Teddington Society
“For many years father and son Terry and Richard of The Teddington Workshop in Railway Road, Teddington have serviced and generally looked after my car. They offer a very friendly and excellent service, and always go the extra mile. For example, during lockdown last year when my car ‘died’ in my tiny garage, Richard came out and replaced the battery within the hour of me phoning.”
Sue Lindenberg, Teddington wildlife photographer
“Heirloom in the High Street and The Loft in Broad Street are my ‘go-to’ places for greetings cards and when I’m stuck for original gift ideas. Heirloom’s Cornish candles are a favourite with my Mum… even though she actually lives in Cornwall!
“I also visit the physio in Foundry Fitness on Stanley Road on occasion when I have overdone my photography work on the computer and my neck and back have seized up. Juls MacKie is excellent and always manages to get me moving again without pain.”
Emma Durnford, Professional Photographer
“Picking out one favourite business in Teddington is really hard as there are so many that I enjoy using. If I had to just pick one it would have to be Zeldaland, my ‘go-to’ place for flowers. They have such a vibrant display that always lifts my spirits, and their staff are so helpful when you need that special bouquet.”
Lesley Bossine, The Landmark Arts Centre
“One One Four tops my list of tempting eateries. Amazing décor, energy, food and drink all woo the senses as you venture into this urban-chic, rustic restaurant. Equipped with an extensive list of Artisan gins, including its own, `The Good Life’, and attractive dishes of international cuisine, this restaurant has pulling power. I loved the team’s relentlessly upbeat and imaginative response to three lockdowns, not least their international takeaway tasting menus.”
Fiona Kingston, Freelance Journalist