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Read all the latest news from Craven House, learn about life in Hampton Court and Claygate and keep up to date on exciting, upcoming events.  Our blog is very active and gives you the chance to read and connect with us.

Child-friendly restaurants near Hampton Court

We know that Craven House is a favourite spot for family groups and so we have rounded up our top recommendations for kid-friendly restaurants and cafes in and around Hampton Court. When you visit us this year, you’ll be spoiled for choice and won’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen – a true sign of a good holiday. Read on for more:

Celebrating a wonderfully full year at Craven House

Here at Craven House we’ve decked the halls, hung the lights and polished the partyware. We’re ready to welcome our December guests into our cozy apartments, and festive community. There’s lots happening in and around Hampton Court this month, from Christmas villages in Kingston and frosty walks through the Royal Bushy Park, to candle making and live music at the Mitre down the road. I can’t wait to get really into the swing of the Christmas season – the first proper Christmas we’ve had in a few years.

Our pick of local shops for great gifts

Here at Craven House we’ve got easy access to the shops of Kingston and London, but we’re also lucky enough to have a bustling high street packed full of independent, local shops. If you’re visiting us before Christmas you might want to do a spot of shopping in the area so we’ve rounded up some of our favourites for you to visit while you’re here.

Christmas in Hampton Court

Well, we can hardly believe that it’s that time of year already – Christmas is on its way. And here in Hampton Court we’re really looking forward to the first ‘normal’ Christmas in a long time, as are all of you, I’m sure.

The Best places for Afternoon Tea in Surrey

We might have to agree to disagree about whether it’s cream or jam first, but we can agree that afternoon tea is a big treat. Luckily, afternoon tea in Surrey is a real institution and we are surrounded by so many truly delicious options in south west London we’re totally spoiled for choice!

10 things to know about Hampton Court Palace

Here at Craven House we’re really lucky to call the spectacular Hampton Court Palace one of our closest neighbours. We know that it’s a big draw card for visiting south-west London and so we thought we would gather some of our favourite facts for a little game of ‘did you know?’ just in case you’re planning a visit soon.

5 of the best restaurants near Hampton Court Palace

When it comes to Palaces, Hampton Court Palace is a cut above the rest, and we’re lucky to have it right on our doorstep. When it comes to food, the trend continues. With our local street corners and banks of the Thames dotted with top-notch eateries we are truly spoiled for choice. Craven House has […]

Remembering our Queen

Here at Craven House we join with many across our nation to mourn the loss of our beloved monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. With quiet dignity, and humble leadership she stood at the helm of our country for a truly outstanding 70 years, making her the second longest reigning monarch of all time. Looking out over […]

The best things to do in Surrey 

Whilst it’s true we’re only a stone’s throw (or a fairly quick train ride) from the streets and feasts of London – if you’re looking for something a bit different to the city slicking then we’ve got good news.  To save you some planning time, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite Surrey spots and [...]

The perfect location for a Bridgerton inspired escape

It’s no small secret that Bridgerton has taken the world by storm, amassing a huge following and breaking records left, right and centre. With season three filming already underway we thought we would take you for a little trip to the land of Bridgerton – which just so happens to be right down the road [...]

Top 5 things to do in Kingston Upon Thames

One of the (many) good things about Craven House is our location. Not only do we have the spectacular Hampton Court Palace right on our doorstep, but we’re also less than ten minutes drive from the bustling town of Kingston Upon Thames. Bursting with shops, restaurants, theatre and events, Kingston is a lovely spot to [...]

Platinum Jubilee Events

2022 is a big year for our beloved Queen, as she reaches a remarkable milestone – the first ever British Monarch to reach a Platinum Jubilee, or 70 years on the throne. This is a truly remarkable achievement and, in true British style, cannot be passed by without a celebration (or two, or five). Not [...]