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A locals' guide to Elmbridge

"There are some extraordinary properties in the Surbiton and Kingston area that you wouldn't find in central London."

Leanna Sharman

"I love walking through the beautifully planted gardens at Hampton Court Palace on a sunny day."

Ivanka Modesteva-Gyurova

"Watch the boats go by or drive your own boat along this stretch of the Thames at Hampton Court."

Sonia Gill

What is your favourite place?

Where do Elmbridge locals go?

Brooklands Museum

A free exhibition of cars and driving experiences on the Brooklands motor racing circuit.


Not just for cyclists, this café at the end of Esher's High Street does fantastic coffee and gluten free snacks.

The Foley

A large village gastropub. Great Sunday lunches.

The Albany

Fantastic gastro pub right on the River Thames opposite Hampton Court Palace.

Sunbury Walled Garden

A peaceful and safe two acre walled garden in Sunbury Park.

Coxes Lock

Picturesque National Trust site along the canal.

The Bell Inn

Voted one of the top 50 gastro pubs in the UK. On sunny days, grab one of the booths in the back garden.

Hampton Court Palace

A great day trip to see the palace where Henry VII once lived, the gardens and the maze.

La Fiamma

With large windows opening directly onto Bushy Park, you can enjoy your fresh pizza while watching the deer roam by.

Hampton Pool

Located right next to Bushy Park, it is open every day of the year! It holds frequent concerts around the pools that are always sold out. It's one of Hampton's hidden gems!

Caffé Amici

Potentially the smallest café/restaurant I have come across, but packed with rustic charm. The staff are all Italian and sell a great range of foodstuffs - the freshly made sandwiches on Italian breads are a must have at lunch and are so delicious!

The Harts Boatyard

With large windows overlooking the Thames, this delightful restaurant makes it feel as if you're dining on a ship!

Bushy Park

Whether it's lazing away the summer days watching cricket with a pint from the clubhouse or taking a chilly winter walk to watch the deer, Bushy Park is always a winner!

Gordon Bennett!

A really popular bar/restaurant on tree-lined Maple Road.

The French Tarte

A bakery/café that everyone talks about for their unique breads and other delicacies.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Esher, Walton-on-Thames, Cobham, Oxshott, Weybridge, The Moleseys, Thames Ditton, Hampton, Addlestone and Chessington

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"Following King Henry VIII annulling his marriage to Anne of Cleves in 1540, Anne's family didn't want her back, so came up with a novel idea of what to do with her. He proclaimed her his 'sister' and re-built Oatlands Palace for her near Weybridge."

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Ragamuffins Play Cafe

Ragamuffins Play Cafe
Unique play cafe specifically designed for toddlers and babies. A lovely place to relax and watch your children have fun. Please note this Cafe CLOSED DOWN in September 2014.

Baby/Toddler First Aid Classes - 2015

Ministry Centre Holy Trinity Church
NCT has teamed up with the British Red Cross to provide an NCT Baby/Toddler first aid course to give you the chance to learn and practise vital first aid skills that could one day save your child's life. The course will take place from 7pm-9:30pm at The Ministry Centre Holy Trinity Church in Claygate. The cost for the class is £40 per person or £70 per couple. Places are limited and we are offering them on a first-come first-served basis. To sign up please send an email to nctesher@gmail.com with your name and whether you wish to sign up as a single or a couple. The course will be delivered by an expert British Red Cross trainer and will cover topics that typically concern parents such as delivering CPR choking and burns. Every parent has worries about facing an emergency situation involving their child. These courses will address your fears giving you lots of practise in lifesaving techniques and plenty of opportunity to ask questions. It covers topics for newborns through to 12 years old. Website

NCT Bumps and Babies

Pavilion Cafe
Are you pregnant and/or have a new baby? Looking to get out of the house for an easy outing and talk with other local mums? Come to our Bumps & Babies group and join other mums and mums-to-be every Wednesday morning. Our antenatal teacher will be on hand on the first and third Wednesday of each month to answer any questions you may have. We meet at the Pavilion Cafe on the Claygate Recreation ground from 10:30am-noon. There is no charge and you don't have to be an NCT member to come along. Park on Church Road and walk up the path past the playground. We look forward to seeing you there! Website

Mummy & Me Ballet Class (Ages 18 Months-3 Years) at Vera Fletcher Hall

The Vera Fletcher Hall
An early introduction to ballet and movement where your little ones can transform into fairies, butterflies and everything magical. There will also be well known activity songs with which the children will be familiar and love to sing along to. It aims to develop listening skills, memory, co-ordination and basic motor skills through creative movement. The best bit about this class is that the mums, dads and carers can join in too. Website

Baby Sensory at Vera Fletcher Hall

The Vera Fletcher Hall
Baby Sensory classes provide an exciting activity, which will be fun for you and will help with your baby's sensory development. Call Sari who will arrange for you and your baby to visit one of their classes. Website

Tiny Tunes

Cobham Methodist Church
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website
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