The South West London section of the River Thames is our favourite stopping at the likes of Hampton Court, Teddington, Kingston, Twickenham and Richmond.
In this day out we look at the palace, enjoy the Thames walk and suggest a riverside beer in Kingston.
If you are coming from Central London there is no better way to travel than a Thames River Boat from Westminster to Richmond or onwards to Hampton Court. More information on that here.
While you are here you must visit Henry VIII’s famous Palace and get lost in the maze. The Palace boasts impressive and beautiful gardens to explore too. More information here.
Once you have explored the Palace you have two awesome options for moving onto Kingston. Either walk through the leafy Bushy Park or take to the Thames Path. We have trambles that cover both of these walks so we’d love for you to join one of them.
After filling up on some food head for a walk into Battersea Park. There are plenty of things to see in the park, from a Barbara Hepworth Statue to an excellent Putt in the Park course.
Make sure you walk along the Embankment as you’ll find the impressive Peace Pagoda.
Battersea Peace Pagoda Barbara Hepworth Statue
Sitting by the banks of the Boating Lake is the Pump House Gallery which houses some varied and interesting exhibitions throughout the year. Make sure you check the current exhibitions on offer before visiting. Here is a link to their site.
Our Tramble heads down to the nearby Thames, through intricate streets, past the Chelsea Pensioner Grounds and to the Chelsea Physic Garden.
There is quite a bit to see in the Gardens from the edible plants to the beehives. However, at £10 each for a summer visit it is a touch steep for those that aren’t overly keen about peaceful gardens!
The home of tennis, strawberries and the Wombles. Three things, well perhaps two, that are essential ingredients of an English summer. We love Wimbledon all year round and there is plenty to see. You have the beautiful Wimbledon Village up the hill, the vast Common and some really good pubs near the station.
We have Trambles in the area but also recommend following this plan to make the most of your time.
From the village you are perfectly positioned to walk across Wimbledon Common. The Common splits into three, including Putney Heath and Putney Lower Common, across over 400 hectares. A perfect spot to walk off some food from the Village.
Last but not least, one of the main draws of the area is the stunning Wimbledon Tennis Complex. The home to the oldest tennis tournament in the world, where a hawk named Rufus keeps the grounds pigeon free and countless strawberries are consumed each summer.
It is notoriously difficult to grab a ticket – you can find more information about that here – but if you are here out of the tournament time we would still recommend taking a tour of the grounds or visiting the shop.