To the south west of London, this leafy suburb is often overshadowed by its picturesque neighbours, Kingston Upon Thames and Richmond. In reality, Twickenham enjoys the same idyllic riverside setting, with easy routes into the centre of London.
Boasting a great mix of architecture, the area is full of Victorian, Edwardian and 1920’s homes exuding period charm. Most notable feats of architecture include the 18th Century Marble Hill House - an English Heritage property; and Strawberry Hill House, a striking example of gothic design. Strawberry Hill House hosts a broad calendar of events throughout the year for adults and children alike, as well as offering guided tours of the house and immaculate gardens.
Perched within the River Thames, Eel Pie Island is accessible from Twickenham by a footbridge. In year’s past, the island was a hotspot for music, with famous performances by top names in the industry taking place in the Eel Pie Hotel, until it burned down in 1971. Performers included Eric Clapton, The Who and The Rolling Stones. The island is now home to 20 artists, remaining private for most of the year, only opened to the public twice in a year. If your stay happens to coincide with one of the rare public openings, it is a welcome treat worth exploring.
Perhaps Twickenham’s biggest claim to fame is its 82,000 seater rugby stadium – the largest in the world! On match days the atmosphere in this magnificent stadium is electric. For true rugby fans a stadium tour and visit to the World of Rugby museum are a must during your stay.
Twickenham offers a number of independent shops, restaurants and riverside pubs, with the best restaurants located in St Margerets.