The stretch of river Thames between Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court is quite extraordinary. With its Turnesque views and royal history blended with charming cosmopolitan riversides, there is plenty to see, explore and enjoy.
Whether you want a weekend, or have family or friends coming to stay and need to entertain them!
Richmond – arrive by boat from Kingston (1 hr) or Hampton Court (1 hr 45mins)
Heron Square – jut 1 minute walk from our Richmond Pier plays host to wonderful weekend markets.
Richmond Foodies takes place on on Saturdays 11am – 4pm and is a vibrant marketplace for independent food producers and small businesses.
Whilst on Sundays the Richmond Artisan market takes place 10.30am – 5pm. It is always a fun and bustling place to visit with its ethically sourced artisan crafts, street food and invariably live music too.
The cosmopolitan riverside is a pleasure in itself where you can enjoy moseying along, stopping off at one of the many bars & restaurants with river views. The beautiful Bingham offers a quintessential English Afternoon Tea in their glorious gardens.
Bike hire is available at Blazing Saddles if you want to amble along the tow paths or head to Richmond Park. Rowing boats are also available to hire.
Richmond town has a good mix of independent shops and high end High Street names – including the impressive Wholefoods store.
Kingston – arrive by boat from Richmond (1 hr) or Hampton Court (35mins)
The Riverside Edge restaurant plaza next to Kingston Bridge overlooking the river is a wonderful place to while away an hour. Just 2 minutes from Turk’s pier find Bills – ideal for brunch, Cotes – european cuisine, and Busaba eathai, Comptoir Libanese or Cau for tasty Thai, Lebanese or Argentinian cuisine.
Further along you will find Woody’s and Steins.
DoubleTree Kingston has a fabulous contemporary environment and the Harry Hawker bar and restaurant.
The Boaters Inn, in Canbury Gardens is a wonderful pub, with a range of Real Ales, BBQ tedrrace and riverside bar. Where to eat along Kingston Riverside
For shopping – Kingston has an excellent John Lewis and a vast choice of popular High Street shops in the Bentalls Centre.
It also boasts a bustling market where you can find a wide variety of street food, artisan food stalls and traditional fish, meat, fruit & veg stalls .
Hampton Court Palace – arrive by boat from Kingston (35mins) or Richmond (1hr 45mins)
The Magic Garden and Maze is open. The lush gardens are perfect for picnics and there’s plenty to entertain all the family.
Henry VIII’s Kitchens have been refurbished. Explore culinary history seeing how 200 cooks, sergeants, grooms and pages worked to produce over 800 meals a day for the hungry Tudor household.
Storytime Sundays will be running on the first Sunday of every month over the summer. An interactive story-telling session featuring a well known book.
You can find more information from the Hampton Court Palace website here
Not to be ignored – and well worth a visit – are all the street-side cafe bars and restaurants across the bridge – just a 5 minute walk. The Mute Swan and Prince of Wales both offer excellent pub menus and are just a 5 minute walk. Or head to the Kings Arms next door to the palace for an excellent pub lunch.
River Cruises between Richmond, Kingston & Hampton Court Palace
You buy your tickets on board and there is a bar, toilet & outside deck on each boat.
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Tickets are purchased on board