Location Spotlight: Twickenham
Looking for Twickenham accommodation? Look no further. In our latest blog series, we shine a spotlight on the areas closest to and easily accessible from the hotel during your stay.
Famous for being the home of rugby union, Twickenham is located in the suburbs of south-west London. Originally a borough, this was abolished in 1965 with the creation of Greater London; Twickenham then became part of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. This suburban area of south-west London was historically part of Middlesex and despite boundary and identifier changes it is still loved for its rugby ties and location alongside the River Thames. Boasting easy connections to London city and town as well as its own thriving town centre, this riverside area also has a beautiful collection of 18th century buildings including York House, Marble Hill and Strawberry Hill House. Strawberry Hill gave its name to the whole district and is linked with the oldest Roman Catholic university in the country, St Mary’s University.
Twickenham was once revered as a ‘country retreat’ with many rich politicians and aristocracy visiting during the 18th century. Nowadays, many visit and stay due to its eclectic offering, not forgetting the draw of Twickenham Stadium.
Things To Do
There are plenty of things to do during your visit to Twickenham. Many will opt to visit the Stadium (interesting fact: before the ground was purchased, it was used to grow cabbages so Twickenham Stadium is affectionately known as the Cabbage Patch). The stadium is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world and seats 82,000 people. If you want to venture behind the scenes, then be sure to go on a tour where you can see the royal box and visit the England dressing room. There is also an impressive Rugby Museum on-site.
Other guests might prefer to take a leisurely stroll along the Thames and enjoy a spot of shopping. Church Street is perfect for this due to its variety of independent shops and you might recognise it from TV and film – though the high street is just as reliable too! Those who enjoy history can visit St Mary’s Church and the medieval tower along the way, before finding themselves at the river. Here, you can choose to take the Twickenham tow path; head towards Richmond and further your historic encounters. Take your time and enjoy the 18th century houses and architecture or go the opposite way and walk towards Teddington. Whichever you choose, the views are lovely.
A trip to Twickenham wouldn’t be complete without seeing Eel Pie Island. Only accessible by footbridge, it is believed that Henry VIII used to entertain his mistresses here, and much later Charles Dickens was a frequent visitor. Strawberry Hill House is another must-see thanks to it predating the Gothic revival and its outstanding interiors. Orleans House and Gallery and Marble Hill House nearby offer impressive architecture and tours, not forgetting thought-provoking art and a sweeping park that is idyllic in the summer.
Located near the Mitre Hotel Hampton Court
You can reach Twickenham in just 15 minutes by car from our hotel – for reference, this suburb is 10 miles west-southwest of Charing Cross. Driving routes vary between 3.7 miles and 4.6 miles, but you can choose to either take Hampton Court Road and then the A308 and A310 or alternatively, you could also drive along Hampton Court Road and the A308 and B358. A final route involves Hampton Court Road again, the A308 and A311. Should you wish to walk, you can do so in less than 1 hour 15 minutes. You will be treated views of Bushy Park and St Mary’s University. The nearest train station is Strawberry Hill or Twickenham, both can be reached via Hampton Court station.
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