Hampton Court. An Elegant Escape
Updated: Oct 16
There are so many wonderful highlights to share, should you be fortunate enough to enjoy a stay in Keys2Casa's beautiful Hampton Court House. Read on for local insider knowledge!
Hampton Court is surrounded by natural beauty; it is not by chance that this was the place the kings of old chose to call home. Nestled on the banks of the river Thames and a short stroll from Hampton Court Palace, you are perfectly located to enjoy the great treasures of South West London, and leafy Surrey and of course you are but a short train ride from the glittering lights of the West End and the world-renowned restaurants, bars and theatre of Covent Garden and beyond.
After a comfortable sleep in one of the spacious and peaceful bedrooms in our Victorian abode, you can start your day in the open plan lounge/diner with a fresh coffee, nestled into the reading nook as the morning sun washes over you.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity that the acres of garden that surround you afford. Then amble into pretty Bridge Road for a mooch around the countless antique and collectible stores. This really is a treasure of a street and not to be missed. Stop for a hearty brunch in one of the many fabulous eateries there and if the weather is on your side, grab a table outside to watch the world pass you by.
From there you are just a short walk over the River Thames, past Hampton Court Palace to Bushy Park, a vast and welcoming space with deer roaming freely, and beautiful lakes and ponds and woodland gardens to explore.
For a rather special way to explore Bushy Park, you can head to Park Lane Stables and enjoy a pony trek on one of their beautiful ponies. It's a truly fabulous little stable in the heart of Teddington Town and was recently the subject of a media storm when the owners threatened to sell the building. Fortunately, the stables managed to raise the money (tirelessly campaigning) and managed to save this valuable commodity for the local community.
You could also take to the water and hire a boat from Go Boat Kingston and spend an afternoon enjoying this glorious stretch of the river.
Kayaks or paddle boards can be rented from Hampton Court Paddle Sports which is the perfect way to experience the river in a whole new way. It's delightful to stop off at one of the many riverside pubs for a spot of lunch and a refreshing drink.
For history buffs, Hampton Court Palace is a joy. Steeped in fascinating tales, and with beautiful gardens to enjoy, it is a full day of exploration. And for any little people who happen to be accompanying you, why not stop by the Magic Garden there, where kids can run free, or enjoy cake and ice cream in the most fantastic palace playground. www.hrp.org.uk
Evenings will see you spoilt for choice, for this is an area rich in cultural establishments. The Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames, the New Wimbledon Theatre and Richmond Theatre all boast a varied and lively lineup. Banquet Records also holds weekly gigs, look out for emails, they've hosted some incredible talent, from Elbow and Father John Misty to Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran. All in the intimate space that is Prism in Kingston.
And for dining experiences, the world is quite literally your oyster here. There are too many wonderful places to list, but we will suggest a few that are always high on our list of go-tos. And of course, not to be forgotten, the Hampton Court Palace Food Festival, with its artisan delights each summer as well as the equally wonderful Christmas Craft Fair. You could complete your entire Christmas shop in one twinkly afternoon, wandering the stalls with a mulled wine in hand, before having a quick spin on the ice rink.
For sports lovers, Wimbledon is only 15 minutes away by train with its pretty boutique-filled village. Twickenham Stadium is even closer for rugby fans, and there are countless world-class golf courses and horse racing courses, from Sandown to Epsom, all but short drives away.
Bushy Park. Picture c/o @myrichmond.london
We have whittled down some of our favourite places for brunch vibes or fine dining experiences below.
OUR PICK OF EATERIES
The Six at The King’s Arms is a great choice when it comes to Hampton Court pubs. A heartbeat from the palace, the menus are varied enough to have something for everyone. There are several dining locations to choose from too - from tables dressed in white linen, a cosy setting nestling next to a roaring fire, or even soaking up the sun on the roof terrace.
The Mitre offers several different dining options – The Coppernose, The Boathouse, 1665 Riverside Brasserie and the King’s Ginger Winter Terrace. A great little spot to enjoy afternoon tea and if you're heading into the park to explore, they also make luxury picnic hampers. The Mitre often host events so do take a look here to see what’s on during your stay.
You need to book ahead for this one - hailed by the legendary and much missed AA Gill as 'one of the three best Lebanese Restaurants - with excellent mezze and charcoal grilled mains'. It is a firm favourite with locals and visitors to the area and has a consistently brilliant reputation for outstanding food and service. It has also been a recent Travellers Choice Award Winner (putting it in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide).
A popular local eaterie; this delightful smokeless Japanese grill has truly exciting menu choices, the meal is a whole different experience because you’ll grill your own meat at your table.
And slightly further afield...
Don't forget to explore the riverside, and if you fancy a good walk along the embankment, past Kingston you will reach the pretty town of Teddington; great for shopping and plentiful restaurants. As the river curves, you’ll find yourself on the edge of Teddington Lock. The Anglers boasts a wonderful riverside garden, perfect for sunny days and hosts regular events, such as Shakespeare productions and comedy nights.
Another favourite of Keys2Casa. Get here if you can. The gardens are delightful, and they grow a lot of their own produce in fantastic kitchen gardens. In their own words (and we heartily agree)...
'We have the prettiest garden restaurant in Teddington, if not, the Richmond borough to enjoy a lazy al fresco lunch or dinner. Our private walled garden, olive trees, wisteria blossoms and vegetable patch, feels like a magical escape. Your well-behaved furry friend, kept on a lead, is welcome too.'
A blanket of Wisteria to dine under ❤️ Shambles.
Lass O’Richmond Hill is home to a simply fantastic Sunday roast. A hugely popular treat after soaking up the sights on a leisurely walk through the timeless joy that is Richmond Park. Grab a seat in front of a roaring open fire and enjoy a selection of board games whilst sampling a selection of fine wines.
The Orangery Tea House, Garson’s Farm, is a beautiful destination for ‘Pick Your Own’ fields throughout the summer, boasting a fabulous farm shop and relaxed restaurant with seasonal menus. It is opposite Esher Forest where you will find teepees and wigwams made of branches. A perfect 'hide and seek' playground. And of course, it has quintessentially English village vibes, with houses overlooking a large duck pond.
A short drive away is the lovely and ever-popular 'The Ivy Brasserie' in Cobham, with its stunning decor and seasonal, always comforting menus this branch of The Ivy is nestled away just off the high street in the pretty town of Cobham. Most certainly worth exploring
The prettiest of Churches - Cobham Green
We hope you liked our recommendations, we always want to hear about any hidden gems we've overlooked, so please be sure to share in the comments below. To book a stay in our beautiful house in historic Hampton Court click please below.
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