When you have family or friends to stay, why not kick back and relax for a few hours along the river Thames where there are plenty of activities happening.

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Boat trips with Turk Launches run from Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court so you can arrive by boat to all these destinations which adds a fun difference to your day.

What’s happening in Richmond

1 hour cruise from Kingston, 1hr 45 mins Hampton Court.


Along the riverside there are plenty of established restaurants & bars with outside terraces.  See Lazy lunches along the Thames.  Richmond has a special holiday kind of atmosphere in the summer, it is an ideal place to relax and take in the stunning views.

You will also find bike hire at Blazing Saddles if you fancy an amble on two wheels to Richmond Park or along the tow paths. Just walk along the riverside – you will see bike hire  about 30 seconds from our pier. Or, take out a rowing boat and have fun on the Thames.

Richmond town centre is one of those lovely places you can just browse with its rich variety of decent shops and the Green.

Heron Square in Richmond is where you find the Duck Pond Market every Sunday. You’ll be able to sample the delicious street food and buy ethically sourced arts & crafts.

What’s happening at Hampton Court

35 min cruise from Kingston, 1hr 45 mins from Richmond

Horrible Histories is at the palace from 27 May to 3 June.

The Magic Garden  is an inspirational, fun garden for families  to explore.

There is always plenty happening at the palace for children where they can learn British history through hands-on activities and storytelling.

And of course, no visit to the palace is complete without a visit to the Hampton Court Maze, Vinery and Gardens where you can enjoy a picnic when the weather is good.

Outside of the Palace across Hampton Court Bridge in East Molesey you will find many quaint street-side cafes with a cosmopolitan ambience.

What’s happening in Kingston:

35 mins cruise from Hampton Court, 1 hr from Richmond

Kingston riverside is emerging as a ‘destination’ to eat and drink with a vibrant plaza of restaurants opening at Kingston Bridge – Riverside Edge.

Bills, Cotes,  the kitsch Lebanese restaurant Comptoir Libanese, Busabi Eathai  – all have outside terraces overlooking the river.

Stroll along the riverside to find even more places to relax and eat. You are spoilt for choice.

The market place is definitely worth a visit with its selection of street food, high quality stalls and  entertainment

If retail therapy is on the weekend wish list, then Kingston has a huge choice of popular High Street shops including John Lewis, plus many attractive side streets with independent shops.

You buy your tickets on board and there is a bar, toilet & outside deck on each boat.

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 Lazy lunches along the Thames.

What’s on at Hampton Court Palace

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