Internationally renowned for its annual regatta, the delightful market town of Henley-on-Thames is a sublime setting for relaxed living.
Poised on one of the River Thames’ most beautiful reaches, with a bustling market square and picturesque 18th century Grade I listed bridge, the streets are lined with an eclectic range of bijou boutiques and independent, specialist shops, while the nearby Waitrose (within 300 metres of Laureate Gardens) offers all your daily necessities and more.
There are innumerable opportunities to while away an afternoon: art galleries, antiques emporia, the award-winning River and Rowing Museum to name but a few. Stroll along the Thames Path, cruise the river, play a round of golf at one of the area’s many excellent courses, or simply enjoy the ambience of this affluent and relaxed setting. Laureate Gardens offers a lifestyle of abundant choice and opportunity.
An enviable lifestyle.
Cafés spill out onto the street; traditional pubs open onto the river. Eating out in and around Henley offers an astonishing array of temptations, with chic bistros, Michelin-rated restaurants, family-run eateries and up-market chains, most within easy walking distance. For a great night out, the Kenton Theatre hosts musicals, comedy, drama and concerts in an auditorium that dates back to 1805 (the fourth oldest theatre in the country), while the Regal cinema offers a choice of films on its three screens.
Henley really comes alive in early July; Henley Royal Regatta takes place in the first week, when the elite of the international rowing world converge for the renowned five-day regatta, first held in 1839. The following week the marquees of the Regatta transform into the chic and cosmopolitan Henley Festival, which has starred musicians such as Elton John, Shirley Bassey and Elvis Costello. The Fringe, the Literary Festival and the Brakspear Jazz and Blues Festival are just a few of the other regular events that take place throughout the year.
Slightly further afield, the bright lights of Reading beckon, for both big brands and high street shopping and a wider choice of cultural attractions. Oxford, Marlow, Windsor and London are also easily accessible, while the surrounding area is endowed with idyllic English villages, rolling countryside, lush woodlands and exquisite stately homes.