If you are visiting the UK but don’t want to stay in the hustle and bustle of central London then the Kings Arms is a good place to base yourself and travel into London with ease. Only 14 miles away and less than an hour by train. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the lovely Hampton Court station and you will be transported to Waterloo in no time. A perfect way to spend a day is gazing around the museums, art galleries and shops and then visit the theatre in the evening.
Things to do
Hampton Court Palace
Step out of the door of the hotel and Hampton Court Palace is right there. Discover the intriguing history of King Henry VIII’s Palace, wander around the stunning gardens, get lost in the maze and let the kids run around the Magic Garden. It’s a wonderful place to visit for all of the family. We are fortunate enough to be neighbours!
Royal Bushy Park
With over 1000 acres, Bushy Park is London’s second-largest Royal Park, sitting right on the doorstep of the hotel, just north of Hampton Court Palace. It’s a wonderful place to explore with gardens, waterways and roaming herds of red and fallow deer. Look out for the spectacular Diana Fountain, a centrepiece of the mile-long Chestnut Avenue designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
River Thames Boat Tours
If you fancy heading into the city, a relaxing and inspiring way to get into London is by boat. There are numerous boats that can take you to Central London and what a way to get a spectacular view of the city from the river. Enquire with our team and we can assist you with any bookings.
The impressive River Thames is the longest river in England and runs through London and runs along the grounds of the Palace. In fact 750 acres of parkland that belong to the Palace are all set within the loop of the Thames. It is a great way to travel up to Richmond and Kew Gardens, all the way to London and take in the stunning grasslands and flora on the banks of the river.
Epsom Downs Racecourse, or, the “Downs”, as it’s known, is located only 11 miles (25 minutes) from The Kings Arms Hotel. A grade 1 racecourse located in the heart of Surrey and home to thoroughbred racehorse racing. Every year the famous Derby is run there and boasts a crowd of 130,000 people, usually including the Queen.
Yet another amazing attraction so close to the hotel is the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. The gardens are rated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and have 50,000 living plants. You are really spoilt for choice with things to see and do, from the dramatic rock garden to the peaceful Japanese garden and interactive children’s area, there is something for everyone.
Kingston is the nearest town to the hotel with a huge array of shops, cafes and eateries. We are only moments away and is based on the river so if you wanted a stroll to the local market town it’s a nice day out. Once an ancient market town where Anglo Saxon Kings were crowned. Now a buzzy metropolis.
Take your pick at the Farm!
Garsons Farm in Esher, a mere 20 minutes from the hotel, offers pick your own crops and is open rain or shine. It is a wonderful family day out with entry for all ages. Currently there are strawberries, gooseberries, broad beans, beetroot plus many more to choose from. The crop picking list is updated daily / hourly.
Once you’ve gathered your fruit and veg make sure to pop into the excellent Farm Shop (voted Surrey’s best) where you can stock up on a wide range of cheeses, pies and freshly baked bread from the deli and bakery.
If two wheels are more your thing, The Merry Peddlar bike tours offer great days out exploring the surrounding area. There’s a wide range of choice from quiet River Thames routes, the stunning scenery of the Royal Parks, circular Hampton Court Palace tours to beer tastings, Kew Botanic Gardens trips and enjoying tea picnics.
Comfortable, lightweight geared bikes are specially chosen for you so you can guarantee a smooth, enjoyable ride.