Richmond has an engaging cultural life which encompasses cinema, theatre, art and music. The Orange Tree Theatre and Richmond Theatre are well known and the town has no fewer than four cinemas to choose from.

The local art scene is extensive, and includes Orleans House and the Stables Gallery in Twickenham, the Riverside Gallery in Richmond and the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. Live music of all kinds can also be enjoyed in and around Richmond. Jazz fans will know of the Richmond and Twickenham Jazz Club, one of the most respected in the country.

During the summer months, music of every genre is performed in some glorious outdoor settings. Kew Gardens has its own summer festival, Kew The Music, Marble Hill House puts on the House Festival, while the Hampton Court Palace Festival features some of the most revered names in rock and pop, as well as Opera on a Summer Night and the Royal Philharmonic Classical Gala and Fireworks.