London's Riverside Resort
London’s riverside in summer – a guide to the local area
What’s better than a meander along the river in the summer? After missing out on so much last year, creating memories is more important than ever.
With the River Thames at its heart, Teddington, a south-west London suburb named the best place to live in London by The Sunday Times, is a relaxing retreat just a stone’s throw away from the city with a whole lot to offer its residents and visitors. During your next stay at The Lensbury, ensure you don’t miss out on the range of riverside activities and events to do nearby.
Here’s our guide to London’s riverside in summer.
1. Riverside Pubs
With a huge beer garden by the river, The Anglers is just a short stroll from The Lensbury. A visit is a perfect way to while away a summer’s evening.
Tide End Cottage, just next door, is a quintessential traditional cosy pub for those evenings when the classic British weather is in force.
2. Boating on the River
What better way to enjoy the river than boating down it?
We have something for everyone from our Watersports Center, whether you are experienced on the water or a complete novice, from sailing courses to canoeing and kayaking with friends.
Relax on a summer’s afternoon on one of our motorboats and enjoy the tranquillity and scenery.
3. London’s Historical Sights
Take in London’s history and visit Hampton Court Palace, the home of Henry VIII on the banks of the Thames, just minutes from The Lensbury. There’s always plenty of events and exhibitions at the palace too, making it ideal for all ages.
Head in the other direction, and you’ll find even more history in the treasure trove of Ham House. Perfectly preserved, visit the riverside house and walled gardens for a unique insight into the 17th-century life of the rich and powerful.
4. Thames Path
The Thames Path follows England’s best-known river for 184 miles all the way from its source in the Cotswolds through several counties and into the heart of London.
We don’t suggest you complete the whole walk (not in one day anyway), but walking from Teddington to Putney is certainly one of the most picturesque portions of the path. The Thames Path is a gentle trail for people of all ages and abilities, and this portion takes on an enormous amount to see and visit.
On the South Bank, your walk takes you past an almost rural area with a series of parks, fields, and gardens, including Ham Lands Nature Reserve, the Petersham Meadows with cattle grazing, Old Deer Park, and Kew’s impressive and world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens.
5. Picnic by the River
When the sun’s shining, there’s often nothing better than a picnic by the river. It’s a great way to entertain the kids, and with a couple of games and a picnic blanket, you’re all set.
Or you can let The Lensbury handle all the hard work for you so you can enjoy a unique riverside dining experience with the Teepees by the Thames. Overlooking the river, it is an idyllic setting for a magical meal. Filled with cushions, blankets, candles, and bunting, families can enjoy a selection of delicious dishes; all delivered straight to the teepee.
If you are interested in booking your summer staycation here with us at The Lensbury, please click here for more information on our offers and availability. Details of the Watersports Centre and our Teepees by the Thames can be found online. Please call the members reception on 020 8614 6420 to book.