The Evening Standard starts off the praising with “a natural draw for the outdoors and arty crowd” and “a pleasant way to live the waterfront dream”.
Positive aspects of the area are listed including its rich history, famous residents, best addresses and also new housing projects being planned for readers thinking of moving to the area. Educational establishments are also applauded as well as the art scene, open spaces, travel connections and last but no means least shops and restaurants.
As well as residents supplying the high street with a captive audience, NPL, Haymarket and Teddington Studios all create extra trade for our shops – a mixture of chains and independents. In particular TCS, Teds and Jenny Blanc are mentioned specifically as well as “a strong showing of Italian restaurants”.
TCS has also made it into Stella Magazine/Telegraph’s “50 best fashion boutiques outside London” list.
“This wonderful white, two-storey shop is a destination in itself. Collections are chosen for their love-lorn look, and natural fabrics and muted colours abound, in sizes 8 to 18. Hand-made shoes by Marsell sit alongside niche labels like Lilith and the beautiful washed cashmeres of Kristensen du Nord.
Al Borgo, one of the strong Italian restaurants mentioned above has now been added to the prestigious 2012 Michelin restaurant guide. Undercover diners reviewed Al Borgo favourably with a two-fork “comfortable restaurant” award: “A refreshingly unpretentious and keenly run Italian restaurant that exudes warmth and bonhomie. Homemade focaccia and pasta are the highlights. Look out too for seasonal offerings such as the black truffle menu.” They join Retro Bistrot, Simply Thai and The Kings Head in being the only restaurants reviewed and listed for Teddington.