A leafy, suburban neighbourhood, Twickenham is a mixture of period houses, formal gardens and parks surrounding King Street, the town’s centre. Twickenham offers many traditional pubs and restaurants, many of which have an ethnic flavour. Church Street (pictured above) runs adjacent to the river and is comprised of cafés, boutiques, small bookshops and a church.
Flood Lane and Church Lane lead down to the river where you can enjoy a drink in one of the riverside pubs or cross the bridge on to Eel Pie Island. Many musicians began their careers or played sets at the Eel Pie Island Hotel and recorded material at Pete Townsend’s Eel Pie Studios. Musicians who have played at Eel Pie Island include Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton and The Who, making the area known as the home of jazz and blues.
Marble Hill Park in East Twickenham is a charming local park and the setting of Marble Hill House, a Venetian villa built for a mistress of George II and now a local landmark. Just a short stroll along a peaceful riverside road into secluded woodland gardens is Orleans House Gallery, a stunning 18th century house and gardens which now serves as an art gallery, hosting regular exhibitions and workshops.
The rugby capital of the world, Twickenham Stadium is the home of the Rugby Union. Seating 82,000, it is the fifth largest stadium in Europe and hosts the Six Nations matches and the Rugby World Cup, as well as the annual varsity match between rival universities Oxford and Cambridge. The prestigious matches attract fans from around the globe who celebrate in Twickenham’s pubs and bars, creating an unrivalled atmosphere.
The stadium has a state of the art fitness centre attached, as well as a world renowned rugby museum. The stadium is also regularly used as a venue for concerts by bands such as Bon Jovi, U2, Iron Maiden and R.E.M.