Henley on Thames Travel Guide
Lovibonds in the Summer
The Crown Inn
The Crown Inn
Fish & chips
Crowded and pricey during the Regatta
Lovely Beer at Lovibonds Brewery
We moved to Henley-on-Thames in 2007, but it was a whole year and a half before we discovered Lovibonds. They had a stall at the annual Christmas fair in the town square - we had never tried craft beer before, but after a few tasters, we bought a mini keg of Henley Gold!...
St Mary's Church
St Mary's Church earliest recorded priest was Aumericus de Harcourt in 1204 although the first reference to the actual building is a charter of 1272 for repairs. The church was enlarged and remodelled in the 15th century and again in the 19th century and the tower was built...
The Henley Bridge is a five-elliptical-arched stone road bridge that was built in 1786 and crosses the Thames on the between Hambledon Lock and Marsh Lock. The bridge stopped taking tolls in 1873.May 2011
The Town Hall is a Grade 2* Listed Building and was built in 1901 and replaced the old town hall that was taken down in 1898 and re-erected on Crazies Hill as a private home.email firstname.lastname@example.org May 2011
Wind in the Willows
This special gallery at the River and Rowing Museum (see separate tip) contains a series of models of scenes from Kenneth Grahame's famous children's book, 'The Wind in the Willows', based on E H Sheppard's illustrations of Ratty, Mole, Badger and friends. They are mostly...
River and Rowing Museum
Recently, Henley-on-Thames has been most notable for the exploits of its blond Tory MPs, but the quiet Oxfordshire town has another, more enduring, claim to fame - its association with the sport of rowing.The River and Rowing Museum is a relatively new museum which...
My favorite thing was the riverside walks by the River Thames. Beautiful sceneries, cute little ducks and swans, peaceful atmosphere.
The Red Lion Hotel
1 Review and 212 Opinions I have stayed in all grades of hotels all over the world but The Red Lion in Henley upon Thames...
The Imperial Hotel: Near the station
It was enjoyable and the staff were very friendly. The bar was good fun and the night porters were all students when when I stayed in the hotel.It used to have a reputation for Thai food, unfortunately it no longer provides that particular menu. It may have changed since I...
Henley Bar & Grill: Henley Bar & Grill
After having no success finding a nice pub by the river to have our lunch in, we were getting pretty hungry and when we came across the Henley Bar & Grill decided to give it a try. It is located in a 17th century building, but the restaurant area looked as though it had been...
Brasserie Chez Gerard: French with a Moroccan twist
Brasserie Chez Gerard is part of a chain of French restaurants (with influences from the cuisine of other countries with historic links to France, such as Morocco). It is open all day, from breakfast to dinner. The Henley branch has a pleasant outdoor dining area in a...
The Crown Inn: The Crown Inn - in Pishill, 6 miles from Henley
When family wanted to join us for lunch somewhere quaint in the Oxfordshire countryside, I remembered a great review I had read and suggested we meet at the Crown Inn. This gorgeous coaching inn was the perfect place to impress the Aussie relatives - a tranquil setting and...
Villa Marina: Good old-style Italian
The Villa Marina is right by the river in the centre of town. On Sundays, they do a very good 3-course lunch for £15.50 per head. I would describe it as an old-style Italian restaurant. It even has a sweet trolley. Starters include soup of the day (minestrone when we...
The Himalyan Tandoori: Having a Friday night "Indian"
It is quite a small, but busy restaurant. It appears to be a family run restaurant and during my visit I noted 7 people behind a very small bar. There were a number of children in the bar all from the same family it appeared.
Chicken Tikka Sizzler as a starter, Chicken...
The Bull Inn, Sonning: The perfect English pub?
If you're looking for the perfect English pub, this may well be it. Set in the perfect surroundings of this beautiful village, its beams and low ceilings are the perfect backdrop to an English meal washed down by a pint of Gales finest. This is probably serious wine-drinking...
Catherine Wheels / Lloyds: Reasonable prices
This hotel/restauran/bar was opened right after I moved to Henley to work. I was working in another hotel in town and we always used to go to this place in the evenings to eat and for drinks. One of the few places in Henley with reasonable prices.
Written Jan 2, 2005
Address: Hart Street
Cruise the River
Whilst in Henley a river trip is a must with the boats operating on the Regatta waters between Marsh Lock and Hambleden Lock. The trips generally last about 60 minutes and are accompanied by a pre-recorded commentary.The photo shows the New Orleans which is the largest...
Getting there by train
Henley is at the end of a branch line from Twyford. Trains to Twyford from London (Paddington) and Reading, then connection. At weekends, trains run once an hour directly from Reading. There are extra trains in Regatta week if you're a glutton for punishment!
July - Henley Festival
For the last 25 years the Henley Festival has been bringing five nights of music including classical, rock, pop, jazz, opera and folk to the banks of the Thames at the same spot and using adapted facilities from the regatta. The main stage actually floats on the river and...
June/July – The Henley Royal Regatta
Henley Regatta was first staged in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. It was expanded in 1840 from one day to two, as the regatta's popularity has grown it has further expanded: to three days in 1886, four days in 1906 and five days...
History of Henley
Favorite thing: Henley-on-Thames owes its existence to King Henry II, there are early records showing a medieval settlement that date back to 1179 and record that King Henry II "had bought land for the making of buildings". The traditional weekly Thursday market in the centre of the town dates back to a charter from King John in the late thirteenth century. Henley also suffered at the hands of both sides in the English Civil War and briefly acted as a resting place for William III in 1668 as he made his way to London.
Updated Jun 7, 2011
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