Out & About in Teddington: vibrant south-west London

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Teddington is a vibrant south-west London suburb.  It’s easy to take the train up to central London from Teddington Station.  There’s so much to enjoy and see locally with an abundance of scenic attractions in and surrounding this popular destination.
We have many families living in the area. It’s a very safe and friendly place.


The High Street

Teddington’s main high street starts on Broad Street, only a few hundred yards from Teddington Lodge, at the end of Stanley Road.  Just along Broad Street on the right you will find a Tesco Metro supermarket.  It’s open every day from 6am until midnight except on Saturday, when it closes at 10pm. On Sunday it’s open from 11am to 5pm.

The high street is split in two parts and continues over the roundabout.  Beyond the high street you’ll find the River Thames at the end of Ferry Road, past the traffic lights.  Teddington is full of small boutiques, local stores, restaurant and cafes.  You’ll find most things you need somewhere along it.


Shopping

For greater choice of larger department stores and mall shopping experience visit Kingston town just next door to Teddington.  Travel over the junction at the end of Stanley Road, down past the lovely Bushey Park on your right-hand-side on Sandy Lane.  Turn left on to the main road and cross over Kingston Bridge.

John Lewis department store sits on the riverside just over Kingston Bridge.  Across from there is the Bentall Centre  with 75 shops in a covered three-tier mall headed up by the famous department store Bentalls, now owned by Fenwick of London.

There’s lots going on in the Springer Market Square in Kingston.  Besides the daily fruit and vegetable market, which has run continuously since 1801, you’ll find plenty to eat in the international street food cafes nestled around the square.  During the festive season, you can skate here and in summer splash through the pavement fountains.

Although Richmond’s shopping facilities are not as varied and as large as in Kingston, it does have a great selection of restaurants and up-market gift and antique shops.


Transport

Trains are two stops away from Teddington to Kingston-upon-Thames.  In the northerly direction trains run to Richmond-upon-Thames. From Richmond train station, you can take the  District Line tube  into many parts of London.


Entertainment

There’s no shortage of entertainment in this south-west London area.  See a play at The Rose Theatre in Kingston or at Richmond Theatre located on the Green.  Richmond’s Orange Tree is a well-known fringe theatre near Richmond tube and overground station.

There is plenty of film choice at the Odeon Multiplex screens at The Rotunda in Kingston or in Richmond
You can go bowling in the Rotunda located below the Odeon Multiplex in Kingston.  For alternative cinema try the luxurious Curzon Richmond tucked away along the cobbled street of Water Lane.


Outdoors

If you fancy keeping fit whilst you are out, Teddington Lodge is only a few minutes’ jog into Bushy Park.  The quickest route is via the pedestrian gate beyond Laurel Road.  If you run through to the end of the park you will have almost reached the truly delightful  Hampton Pool. It’s an open-air pool open 365 days a year, heated to 84 degrees so there is no excuse not to take a dip!!  If you prefer, Teddington has its own indoor public pool and fitness centre just off the High Street.

If swimming is not your thing, yet you like to be on the water, you can catch a river boat upstream to Richmond or downstream to Hampton Court Palace.

Opposite Hampton Court Palace you can visit Hampton Court.  If you head to Bridge Road, you’ll find it full of cafes and antiques shops.  Hampton Court is located on the other side of Bushy Park to Teddington, so you can walk back through Bushy Park to Teddington Lodge.

Teddington Lock is a peaceful spot.  It marks the end of the tidal Thames.  There is a tow-path alongside that goes up to Richmond or down to Hampton Court Palace.  You will pass Ham House on your way up to Richmond. Ham House has a large collection of 17th century fashion and furnishings and often runs interesting events.


There are many more places than we have space to mention here.  Regardless of when you visit, there will always be something taking place in this bustling part of south-west London.

Enjoy your stay!

The Teddington Lodge Team

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