Hampton is a suburban area with an old village heart on the north bank of the River Thames, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in England. The population is between 19,000 and 20,000, excluding the fluctuating ward encasing its near neighbour Hampton Hill which also has a high street. Hampton includes the parkside neighbourhood of Hampton Court, properly defined and is served by two railway stations, excluding one north of Hampton Hill, including one south of Hampton Court Bridge.
It adjoins Bushy Park on two sides and is west of Hampton Wick and Kingston upon Thames. Long strips of public riverside are in Hampton and the Hampton Heated Open Air Pool is one of the few such swimming pools remaining in Greater London. The riverside, on the reach above Molesey Lock, has residential islands and grand or decorative buildings including Garrick's House and the Temple to Shakespeare; also on the river is the Astoria Houseboat recording studio. Hampton Ferry provides access across the Thames to the main park of Molesey and the Thames Path National Trail.
Density does not exceed mid rise. The most common type of housing in the north of the district is terraced homes; in the south is it semi-detached. Being at the western edge of London, much of the economy is bolstered by workers who commute to the nearest parts of adjacent counties, for example the M3 and M4 corridors or to Central London; however education, health and social work, retail, transport and catering businesses are also significant local employers.