The main high street is the Upper Richmond Road which has many small boutique clothing shops and delicatessans, the most well known in the area being Valentino's. Central to the area is a small square, known as the triangle, with a war memorial, and an old mile stone. There are a number of parks and open spaces in the area including Richmond Park, accessed via Sheen Gate; Palewell Common, which has a playground, playing fields, a polo field, tennis courts and a pitch and putt course; and East Sheen Common which leads onto bog gate, a secluded and hidden entrance to Richmond Park. The area is known for it's close-nit community, with a popular tennis club (East Sheen Lawn Tennis Club) and small local pubs such as the quaint The Plough and the larger Hare and Hounds on the Upper Richmond Road.
Throughout its history, East Sheen has not formed an independent unit of civil administration and was instead included as part of the Mortlake manor in the Brixton hundred of Surrey. It was included in the Metropolitan Police District in 1840. From 1892 to 1894 Mortlake (including East Sheen) formed part of the expanded Municipal Borough of Richmond. In 1894 nearby North Sheen was created as a civil parish, split from Mortlake and remained in the Municipal Borough of Richmond. The remainder of Mortlake (including East Sheen) was instead transferred to Barnes Urban District.
Tom Hardy - Actor
Roy Kinnear, actor, is buried in East Sheen cemetery
The area is served by Mortlake railway station.