Well, it’s been a strange year hasn’t it? Who would have thought that we would spend a large chunk of 2020 in lockdown. But while we’ve been socially distancing in the physical sense, we’ve certainly felt like we are ‘in this together’ in the emotional sense. Here in Hampton Court and our surrounding villages, we’ve really banded together as a community and it’s been a joy to watch. Mezzet, our local Lebanese restaurant baked fresh bread and gave it away for free every day in March and April, Miss Polly’s café supplied food boxes, cooked meals and delivery of delicious treats and our butcher set up a handy order and delivery system.
But now our local shops, eateries and attractions are slowly reopening, and it’s our turn to help them out after a tough few months. So if you’re planning a staycation in our area, here are some spots you can visit:
Hampton Court Palace
The Palace and spectacular gardens are now open Wednesday – Saturday. You’ll need to book tickets in advance with a timed entry slot but this local historic gem is a not-to-be-missed attraction. We’re thrilled that they’ve been able to open their doors once more.
Hampton Court Magic Garden
Within the grounds of Hampton Court sits the truly enchanting Magic Garden playground, complete with splash pad, slides, sandpit, suspended walkways and even a dragon. The playground is ticketed entry and will be reopening from the 29th July. If you’re after a fun spot for little people to enjoy the sunshine – this is it!
Our village boasts a string of beautiful little independent shops and cafes overlooking the river. Hampton Court Emporium is an antique lovers dream. This Aladdin’s cave is stocked to the brim with trinkets and treasures to be discovered. The street is also dotted with galleries and gift shops.
Once you’re all shopped out you can pop to Mada Deli for a spot of Italian-inspired delicacies and locally renowned coffee. They offer outside dining for peace of mind. Or if you fancy something different Mezzet and Mezzet Dar are great options for tapas or Lebanese.
A day on the river
There’s no better way to spend one of these gloriously sunny days than out exploring the river and waterways. Hampton Ferry Boathouse has opened up again for day boat hire on weekends only. They’ll help you plan your journey and offer recommendations of pubs to stop at along the way for a tasty lunch.
Mezzet Box has just opened up on the Thames riverside offering the perfect spot to pick up some snacks for a wander along the river.
Lucky us, Hampton Court Palace’s Lunar Cinema is setting up again from the end of July for four nights only. Catch The Joker, Rocketman, Grease or Romeo and Juliet – what a way to spend a fresh summer’s evening under the stars.
Pick your own
Now isn’t this a quintessential summer activity? It’s wonderful that our local Pick your Own farms are able to open up again – Garson’s in Esher is a popular spot for strawberry picking but do make sure to book tickets in advance.
This is just a small selection of everything that is going on in Hampton Court, East Molesey and our surrounding areas at the moment. Craven House is the perfect base from which to explore our local area, and to set your mind completely at ease, we’ve also just been awarded the ‘safe, clean and legal’ accreditation from Quality Tourism. So if you’re after a change of scenery and some fun things to do, then look no further than our luxury serviced apartments.
We are so looking forward to welcoming you,
All the best,