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About Henley-on-Thames

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Henley-on-Thames is a town and civil parish on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England, 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Reading, 7 miles (11 km) west of Maidenhead and 23 miles (37 km) southeast of Oxford, near the tripoint of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. The population at the 2011 Census was 11,619. Henley is a world-renowned centre for rowing. Each summer the Henley Royal Regatta is held on Henley Reach, a naturally straight stretch of the river just north of the town. It was extended artificially. The event became "Royal" in 1851, when Prince Albert became patron of the regatta.


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Henley-on-Thames Travel Links

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The town's railway station is the terminus of the Henley Branch Line from Twyford. In the past there have been direct services to London Paddington. There are express mainline rail services from Reading (6 miles or 10 km away) to Paddington. Trains from High Wycombe (12 miles or 20 km away) go to London Marylebone. The M4 motorway (junction 8/9) and the M40 motorway (junction 4) are both about 7 miles (12 km) away.



Taxi Firms in Henley-on-Thames


With so much to do within Henley-on-Thames and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Henley-on-Thames is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Chiltern Taxis, Talbot Taxis and Henley Taxis.


Hotels and Guest Houses in Henley-on-Thames


Hotel du vin Henley-on-Thames -
Nestled in a valley in the Chilterns, you'll find the delightful 12th century market town of Henley-on-Thames. And on the banks of the Thames itself, with the river gliding slowly by, you'll find this Henley-on-Thames hotel. Behind the classic Georgian architecture of this old brewery, you'll be welcomed warmly into this tranquil haven. The inspired re-incarnation of this cluster of historic listed buildings has created one of the most striking hotels in Henley-on-Thames. A former brewery for 300 years, they've enhanced its charming, original period detail while adding their own contemporary sparkle. Escape to the sanctuary of one of the 43 beautifully furnished rooms and suites, where you'll find a custom-made bed, hand-sprung mattress, soft Egyptian cotton bed linen, fluffy towels and robes, monsoon shower or roll top bath. Take a leisurely lunch al fresco in the central courtyard or sample some hearty, seasonal dishes in their trademark bistro. Enjoy a glass of the finest fizz in the light and airy Champagne bar or your favourite tipple at the pewter topped bar, with over 600 wines to sample in the wine cellar. Visit the cosy cigar bothy or relax on their comfy sofas for a nightcap under low beams in the Snug. You can even celebrate a private party, family celebration or wedding in a unique function room at Hotel du Vin Henley.

The Red Lion Hotel Henley-on-Thames –
The hotel, originally a coaching inn on the road between London and Oxford, has been offering hospitality for over 600 years. It is situated at the foot of the Henley Bridge and offers spectacular views of the Henley Royal Regatta Course. Overlooking the River Thames and the tranquil green fields beyond, The Red Lion Hotel, Henley-on-Thames offers the most sought-after location in the heart of one of Southern England's most beautiful and affluent market towns. It is also home to the most expensive home outside London. With four spacious banqueting and conference suites and thirty-nine individually designed bedrooms, each with its own unique history and character, The Red Lion offers over 600 years of experience in service to some of the country’s most prominent figures. Superbly located just two minutes from the market square, The Red Lion rests just five minutes from the Henley Railway Station and a short drive to the M4 and M40 motorways allowing for excellent access to London and the surrounding areas. There is a private car park at the back of the hotel, access from the riverside, on a first come first served basis and the charge is £10 per car per night. The dining room offers an outstanding menu, using only the finest seasonal and local ingredients.

The Row Barge – Henley-on-Thames -
The Row Barge is one of Henley’s oldest coaching inns. Not far from the town centre, you can find them 100 yards from the Town Hall on West Street, just behind the fire station. In a quiet residential area yet only moments from the centre of town and the stunning walks along the Thames, this 16th Century traditional pub will satisfy those in search of a good drink, great home-cooked food, four great contemporary rooms with en-suite, large terraced garden with heated smoking area, a warm and comforting welcome and free WIFI for both locals and visitors alike. The Sunday lunches are always popular, so to guarantee a wonderful Roast Dinner book today. With 4 en-suite bedrooms all recently decorated in a very modern minimalistic way and unlike any other pub, The Row Barge can guarantee a wonderful night's sleep, they use memory foam mattresses, and offer a traditional home cooked English Breakfast.


Places to Get Married in Henley-on-Thames


Fawley Hill Henley-on-Thames –
The estate contains Somersham station, a Victorian railway station, which is licensed for ceremonies of up to 75 people. The vintage waiting room is a romantic, unique setting for the ceremony, full of original features and steeped in history. In and around the station also makes the perfect place for reception drinks, surrounded by traditional tin advertising and a beautiful Victorian carousel. You can even have the carousel going for an extra special experience for your guests. The Great Eastern No. 1 carriage will be parked in the station for guests to explore and for you to sign the register on if you wish. It also makes a great backdrop for pictures and has a pretty balcony from which you can wave to your guests. The station museum can be used for larger ceremonies of up to 350 people. It’s also a versatile venue for a sit-down meal followed by dancing, again surrounded by interesting rail paraphernalia and advertising on the walls. Or, why not have a festival-style reception on the top field next to Ironhenge – a structure made from the pillars used in the under-croft of St. Pancras station. Add some haybales, a tipi and ambient lighting, and this is a perfect area for a festival party. There are proper loos already on the field so no need to hire these in. And there is plenty of space for your guests to camp too!

Old Luxters Barn Henley-on-Thames -
Since 1990, Old Luxters has been the venue of choice for weddings in Oxfordshire, as well as Christmas parties, corporate events and joyous birthday parties, with each event tailored exclusively for your needs. The lovely 18th century converted barn has a charming rustic appeal, with all modern conveniences discreetly to hand.  Seating from 30 up to 100 guests, and drinks receptions up to 150 guests, this flexible space can be personalised for any occasion, whether lavish or casual in style. Old Luxters offers a reception barn, bar area and raised gallery with DJ console. The beautiful orchard to the left of the barn makes an ideal space for a marquee or even a yurt, creating a lovely outdoor space. Old Luxters Barn is located in the Hambleden Valley, near Henley-on-Thames, set within a renowned Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The barn is part of Chiltern Valley Winery, Brewery & Vineyard and therefore offers a unique venue for those seeking a different and atmospheric location, any time of year.

Bix Manor Barn Henley-on-Thames -
St James’s Church, Bix, a beautiful brick and flint church, is the perfect place for your wedding. It's only a short 300-yard walk from Bix Manor, overlooking the Bix Common Field and welcomes couples who would like to get married in church. For civil ceremonies, there are a number of options at Bix Manor itself; the Great Tithe Barn takes up to 100, the Library up to 60 and the Courtyard Garden Porch takes 6 under cover with unlimited guests outside in the Courtyard Garden itself. The venue liaises with the Registrars on the day and make sure the members of the Wedding Party are in the right place at the right time! They make a charge for the co-ordination of the Ceremony and refreshments for your guests before the ceremony.  If you are holding your ceremony only here, they make a charge for hiring Bix Manor for up to 4 hours which allows sufficient time for guests to gather beforehand, and for you to stay for a while after the ceremony for photos and a glass of fizz before leaving.



Event Planning in Henley-on-Thames

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Top Restaurants in Henley-on-Thames


Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse Henley-on-Thames -
Shaun is an award-winning chef who has trained at some of the finest restaurants in the world, working closely with chefs of international repute including Raymond Blanc, Thomas Keller and Alan Murchison. Starting his career at the 2 Michelin starred Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, before travelling across the Atlantic to New York to work at Thomas Keller’s iconic Per se, a 3 Michelin starred restaurant, Shaun has gained experience under the tutelage of the world’s finest culinary elite. Returning to England in 2009, Shaun joined Michelin starred L’Ortolan in Shinfield before seizing the opportunity to unite kitchen and garden at the beautiful Fallowfields Restaurant, working as both head chef and farm manager. Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse is Shaun’s first restaurant; it showcases the skills and passion he has developed in the charming, stylish and elegant setting of Henley-on-Thames. The restaurant offers modern British cuisine alongside the stunning vista of the River Thames. Food at Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse speaks for itself – each dish a small number of ingredients perfectly matched to accentuate the flavours on offer. Wherever Shaun has worked, produce and ingredients have been key. A keen gardener and former farm manager, he believes passionately in using local produce whenever possible, working with farmers and growers to source the finest ingredients the countryside has to offer.

The Anchor Henley-on-Thames -
The Anchor Pub in Henley is a traditional, homely pub with a wonderful atmosphere close to the banks of the River Thames. Full of character and history. The bars, restaurant and lovely south facing garden are sure to be very popular with visitors and Henley locals alike. After collaborating with a team of revered local foodies they have created what they hope will be, a simple but exciting range of menu choices to suit all palettes. The pub has recently been refurbished and now boasts a beautiful south-facing garden which is ideal for an early evening drink al fresco.

The Angel on he Bridge Henley-on-Thames -
Described as a warm, welcoming and cosy pub, the Angel on the bridge is Henley's only pub on the Thames and attracts many visitors to the town. During the summer the riverside terrace offers outdoor eating, socialising and a relaxing area to escape and watch the river go by. Shared with the local swans and wildlife the Angel on the Bridge is a popular place during the day and evening, business luncheons, coffee break or just a quiet drink to escape from the shopping! The colder evenings invite you inside to experience the log fire, the friendly atmosphere, the great food and the local beer. The angel on the bridge Henley on Thames is a must for any visitor to Henley at any time of the year. The new mooring allows room for up to two boats to call in and have a bite to eat. An idyllic location for walkers and cyclists taking on the tow path along the Thames, simply cross over the Bridge if walking from Marlow or cross over at Marsh Locks if walking from Shiplake.



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Greys Court Henley-on-Thames -
A family home, delightful gardens and an idyllic setting. An intimate family home and peaceful estate set in the rolling hills of the Chilterns. This picturesque 16th-century mansion and tranquil gardens were home to the Brunner family until recent years. The house exudes a welcoming atmosphere with a well-stocked kitchen and homely living rooms.  The series of walled gardens is a colourful patchwork of interest set amid medieval ruins. Other buildings from earlier eras include the Great Tower from the 14th century and a rare Tudor donkey wheel, in use until the early 20th century. Take a walk in the gardens and look out for snowdrops in the Nut Walk, irises around the wisteria, hyacinths around the Anniversary Walk and lots of bulbs near the Cowshed tea-room. The Cromwellian garden is set to look really colourful – they’ve planted 7,000 bulbs of pink and purple hyacinths, a border of white narcissi and dotted blue muscari. Don’t miss the Winter Garden. Behind the walled gardens, next to the maze, is a beautiful quilt of flowers planted to resemble a patchwork quilt of Lady Brunners. Throughout the season, flowers and colours come and go, meaning this patchwork of flowers continuously changes, with 48 squares of flowers repeated 4 times. It’s a sight not to be missed.

River & Rowing Museum Henley-on-Thames -
One of the UK’s leading independent Museums, the River & Rowing Museum has over 114,000 visitors a year The Museum opened in 1998 to celebrate the River, the international sport of Rowing and the town of Henley on Thames. From 2004 a fourth permanent gallery, the enormously popular Wind in the Willows exhibition, was added. In 2017, following a successful crowdfunding campaign in partnership with the Art Fund, the John Piper gallery was opened, celebrating the life and work of this internationally renowned artist. Working closely with organisations in the local area, the Museum has recently opened a Community Gallery which showcases a wide variety of local projects. Running a lively programme of temporary and visiting exhibitions, the Museum works with partners such as the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A and the Hayward Gallery in London.  The Museum offers a broad calendar of activities including lectures, children’s workshops and family events. Twice shortlisted for Family Friendly Museum of the Year, the Museum is a registered educational charity. The dedicated education centre runs innovative education programmes and the Museum welcomes over 20,000 children and adults who take part in a variety of fund and inspiring learning events and workshops. Situated alongside the river in Henley on Thames, the building, designed by the acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield, was designated Royal Fine Arts Commission Building of the Year in 1999. The oak, glass and steel design combines the influence of local boathouses and Oxfordshire barns with a strong modernist approach and was described by him as a ‘resolution between convention and invention’. A registered charity, the Museum depends upon private donations, business sponsorship, grants from trust and foundations, admission charges and the support of our benefactors, donors and friends. The museum has delightful café with a terrace overlooking Mill Meadows, and a shop specialising in children’s books and games, fashion and craft.

Chiltern Valley Winery & Brewery Hambleden, near Henley-on-Thames -
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Old Luxters is home to 'Chiltern Valley Wines', its Vineyard, Winery, Old Luxters Brewery, Liqueur making facilities and cellar shop. Our first vines were planted in 1982 on the slopes of the Chiltern Hills, surrounded by beech woodland and overlooking the beautiful Hambleden Valley near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK. The modern production, bottling and labelling facilities, cellar shop and wine vats are all housed in traditional farm buildings. Since the first harvest in 1984, they have produced an increasing range of fine, award-winning English wines to delight the eye and excite the palate. With scores of awards and commendations in blind-tasted national and international competitions, their wines have gained an enviable reputation for quality both here and abroad. As a truly independent brewery, they have revived the tradition of farm-brewed, full mash, Real Ales using wooden-clad mash tun, copper, liquor and fermentation vessels. They combine tradition with the very latest technology in sterility and temperature control. The Master Brewer at Old Luxters blends only the finest English malted barley (pale, crystal and chocolate malts) to gain the flavour, fullness and depth of colour in our Ales, seasoning with choice English hops for aroma and bitterness.

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Henley-on-Thames Today

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Henley on Thames is one of the most beautiful towns in England, recently voted by The Times as one of the best places to live in the countryside and a regular winner of Britain in Bloom medals. Henley’s riverside location – surrounded by a Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields – lends itself to relaxation, long lunches and quirky shopping. There’s a pub where Charles I drank, a Chantry house, a butcher that smokes his own meat and independent shops still offering the personal touch. But it's not just beautiful, it's a town that knows how to throw a party. Henley has an international reputation for the world’s greatest rowing regatta, splashes out with the ‘joie de vivre’ of the summer arts festival and gets into the groove with '80's music festival Rewind. In fact, Henley is a Town of Festivals. Henley’s historic heart sits a few strides from the River Thames. The main street has many Georgian frontages covering older buildings and among the 300 buildings within the town designated 'of special architectural or historical interest' are St Mary’s Church, the Town Hall, Market Place and Henley Bridge. This is a town dedicated to enjoying the river. So, bring a picnic, pick up a copy of The Wind in the Willows, rent a deckchair and settle for an hour or two at Mill Meadows. Or get on the river yourself, hire a boat and join in the fun with one of the town's oldest businesses, Hobbs of Henley down on the riverside.



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