Hampton Court lies on the north bank of the River Thames and 15 miles south west of Central London. It is accessible by scheduled boat services, road, rail zone 6 and the area is most famous for its associations with Royalty. But there is a lot more to the area than just the splendid Royal Palace and Gardens. Every coach and bus operator ought to give a guided tour of the alternative Hampton Court (strictly East Molesley) that lies just over the other side of the River. If not, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Palace was Hampton Court, and you would never know about the hidden gems 100 metres or so over the bridge.
Take a visit to Bridge Street where you will find the Hampton Court Emporium, Mannings Antiques, Avanti shoes shops, Fountain Gallery for example you can dig out some affordable treasure that can be taken home. There are numerous other excellent shops, including an old fashioned butcher’s shop, good places to stop and rest, like the Prince of Wales pub, Le Petit Nantais,Vecchia Roma and a couple of nice coffee and cake establishments.
For those with a bit more time than the coach party schedule, there is the Riverside Gym, boats for hire (powered or rowing or a sceduled Thames cruise. Car drivers have an advantage because Hampton Court is a great place to make as the base for a couple of extra days exploring the Thames Valley (Windsor, Marlow, etc. are within comfortable reach).
Here is a selection of restaurants, pubs, etc – not a scientific study, just our personal choice:-
Cafe la Fiamma
Le Petit Nantais
Prince of Wales
The Jolly Coopers
For Thames river cruises please see details
Hampton Court Place