A leafy London suburb, Teddington is situated between Twickenham and Kingston. A peaceful town, it is mostly residential with a high street running through the middle harbouring an array of pubs and restaurants along with a good mixture of smaller local shops and chain outlets.
The suburb has a pleasant riverside area where Teddington Lock regulates the flow of the River Thames. Teddington also borders Bushy Park, which is the second largest of the Royal Parks of London after nearby Richmond Park. When Henry VIII took over Hampton Court Palace, which adjoins Bushy Park, he set the park up as deer hunting grounds, and the park still has herds of red deer and fallow deer roaming freely. The weekly 5km Bushy parkrun event is held in the park.
Teddington is also home to the famous Teddington Studios which has been used as the location for a number of productions. Ricky Gervais’ comedy The Office was filmed in a real office next to Teddington Studios that is now occupied by Haymarket Publishing, and Simon Pegg’s comedy Spaced was filmed at Twickenham studios and on location in cafes on Teddington’s Church Street.