Pretty position – lovely peaceful roads and picturesque views of the Thames
"I love walking through the beautifully planted gardens at Hampton Court Palace on a sunny day."Ivanka Modesteva-Gyurova
"As well as tours of the palace, there is plenty to see at Hampton Court!"Joe Robinson
"There are some extraordinary properties in the Surbiton and Kingston area that you wouldn't find in central London."Leanna Sharman
Where do Thames Ditton locals go?
Fantastic gastro pub right on the River Thames opposite Hampton Court Palace.
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Colets Health Club
More than just a gym, this health club is home to the national club champions for squash.
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Tarte in the Park
Run by the people from The French Tarte cafe in Surbiton, this cafe in Victoria Recreation Ground is perfect for a quick lunch.
Submitted by Michael
The Sunday Carvery
They serve a wonderful 3 course Sunday carvery where the beef is carved to you at your table with unlimited cocktails! the desserts were displayed on a cart, I've never experience Sunday roast like this before. Kids also get a smaller portion at a smaller price which was great!
Submitted by Lisa
Hampton Court Palace
A great day trip to see the palace where Henry VII once lived, the gardens and the maze.
Submitted by Leanna
The Harts Boatyard
With large windows overlooking the Thames, this delightful restaurant makes it feel as if you're dining on a ship!
Submitted by Stephen
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!
Submitted by Lindsay
With large windows opening directly onto Bushy Park, you can enjoy your fresh pizza while watching the deer roam by.
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Recently refurbed pub with a traditional pub feel, it has a great atmosphere and outdoor seating areas with fireplaces to warm you up.
Submitted by Jade
The French Tarte
A bakery/café that everyone talks about for their unique breads and other delicacies.
Submitted by Billy
The French Table
This restaurant does delicious food! A wonderful place to celebrate any special occasion.
Submitted by Lise
Surbiton Farmers' Market
This fabulous farmers' market is on Maple Road every third Saturday of the month. There are 26 stalls of fresh farm produce and speciality foods, and it's a great place for meeting friends in the adjoining bars and restaurants. All surplus proceeds go to local charities.
Submitted by Alison
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Did you know?
"Since the 15th century, every year in July, a census is taken of all the swans on the River Thames. In 2009, the Queen attended the ceremony called Swan Upping, marking the first time that a reigning monarch has done so."
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Child-friendly activities near Thames Ditton
Catch-A-Balls: Classes (Ages 2.5-3.5 years) at Vera Fletcher HallThe Vera Fletcher Hall
Catch-a-Balls classes are ball skills and movement classes for pre-school children. We use a variety of equipment including large and small balls, hoops, scarves, balloons and beanbags. Website
Mummy & Me Ballet Class (Ages 18 Months-3 Years) at Vera Fletcher HallThe 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
Tiny TunesSurbiton Library Hall
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
Ragamuffins Play CafeRagamuffins 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.
Woodcraft FolkKingston Quaker Centre
Woodcraft Folk is the cooperative movement for children and young people. We run groups where young people meet to play games make friends and learn about big ideas from social justice to climate change through cooperative activities. Tolworth and Kingston Woodcraft Folk are now running a new children's group at Kingston Quaker Centre on Fairfield East in Kingston on Thursday evenings from 6-7.15 pm. At Woodcraft Folk we encourage every child to get involved and to feel valued. We aim to teach children independence empowerment equality and how to care for the planet. To get involved or ask any questions please contact Andy Marshall the leader of the new group on 07762 447759 or email him at Tolkingwoodcraft@gmail.com . At Tolworth And Kingston we are currently running groups for ages 6 - 9 (Elfins) and 10 - 12 (Pioneers).
NCT Bumps and BabiesPavilion 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
About Thames Ditton
Thames Ditton is a village in Surrey, bordering Greater London. It is situated 12.2 miles (19.6 km) south-west of Charing Cross between the towns of Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Esher and East Molesey. Despite being on the fringe of Greater London's suburbs, Thames Ditton retains the character of a village. Thames Ditton has a railway link to London serving the large commuter population, local workforce and Esher college student population. Thames Ditton High Street now comprises mixed residential housing, office and retail shops in about equal proportion.
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