Strawberry Hill is an affluent area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and formerley in the municipal borough of Twickenham. It is a suburban development situated 10.4 miles (16.7 km) west south-west of Charing Cross (a point considered to be the centre of London from which distances are measured). It consists of a number of residential roads centred on a small development of shops and served by Strawberry Hill railway station. St Mary's University, Twickenham, the country's oldest Roman Catholic university, is situated on Waldegrave Road.
The nineteenth-century development was named after "Strawberry Hill", the fanciful Gothic Revival villa designed by author Horace Walpole between 1749 and 1776. It began as a small 17th century house "little more than a cottage", with only 5 acres (20,000 m2) of land and ended up as a "little Gothic castle" in 46 acres (190,000 m2). The original owner had named the house "Chopped Straw Hall", but Walpole wanted it to be called something more distinctive and after finding an old lease that described his land as "Strawberry Hill Shot", he adopted this name.