Looking for the best things to do in Teddington? From lazy rivers to bustling independent high streets, here’s the best things to do in the area, from a local.
Although Richmond tends to get shouted about the most there’s an undeniable charm in Teddington you just can’t find anywhere else.
The Southwest London riverside town didn’t become apart of London until 1965 (it used to be considered Middlesex). But since then its become a proud Londoner, boasting an array of historical sites, scenic attractions and glorious independents.
I personally love visiting Teddington when I’m craving London riverside life, minus the crowds of Southbank. Plus, it’s only 40 minutes from Central London by train!
So whether you’re looking for a new London neighbourhood to explore or calling the suburbs of Southwest London your new home, you’re sure to find something in Teddington you’ll love.
The Best Things to do in Teddington, London
1. Potter about Teddington High Street
As soon as you exit Teddington train station you’ll be hit with the centre of the town — Teddington High Street.
Spanning from Broad St. to Stanley Road you can do everything here from book shopping to pint drinking and popping into all the local Teddington cafes that bring the area to life.
You’ll also immediately realise life is slower here (even though it’s still London) so don’t expect even a fraction of the chaos of Oxford Street while you’re roaming about…thankfully.
2. Try the Local Food Scene
Although Teddington has its fair amount of chains there’s tons of local Teddington spots to enjoy that will instantly make you feel like you’re part of the neighbourhood.
Piazza Firenze is a personal favourite, a passionate Italian family-run business specialising in seasonal dishes (and making you feel like you’ve stepped right into Florence).
Then again, why not visit The Teddington Cheese Shop? Perfect for picking up a yummy farmhouse cheese and wine before picnicking on Teddington Lock.
3. Roam Bushy Park
As London’s second-largest Royal Park, you could easily lose a day exploring all there is to do here.
Less than a 10-minute walk from the station and you can find yourself surrounded by wild deer, pristine ponds, ample woodlands and the Diana Fountain. Not to mention it’s a Site of Scientific Interest, so there’s tons of interesting wildlife to be found here too.
The park is open from 8am-9pm every day and is one of the best free things to do in Teddington too!
4. Visit Strawberry Hill House
If exploring Gothic Revival Villas takes your fancy I might’ve just found your favourite thing to do in Teddington — Strawberry Hill House.
The stately home is whitewashed in magical mosaics, gothic architecture and a generous display of Horace Walpole’s collection.
A few hours here is standard, especially if you visit the gardens and café as well (which you most definitely should).
P.S – It’s only a 15-minute bus ride from Teddington station! (bus 33 towards Barnes on Lonsdale Road)
5. Explore Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace truly feels like you’ve waltzed back in time (although if you were a woman in the age of King Henry VIII, that might not be a good thing…just saying!).
Henry VIII’s old abode comes with over 60 acres of royal ground to explore with highlights including Henry VIII’s Apartments & his Crown, the Tudor Kitchens, the Hampton Court Maze and The Great Fountain Garden…to name a few.
The palace is only 15 minutes from Teddington station by bus R68 towards Hampton Court and I suggest spending at least 2-3 hours here to get the full experience.
P.S – You can find more practical tips on visiting Hampton Court Palace on my Instagram stories!
6. Have a Riverside Walk along Teddington Lock
As one of the most relaxing things to do in Teddington you simply can’t miss the opportunity to do a riverside walk while you’re in the area.
Marking the end of the Thames, you can stroll all the way up to Richmond (and pass the Ham House along the way). Don’t forget to take in all the amazing riverside pubs Teddington has to offer too! From The Angler’s to The Wharf.
P.S – If you like London walks, be sure to check out my self-guided London walking tours on my blog!
7. Canoe or Kayak Along the Thames
One thing you definitely can’t do in every neighbourhood in London is canoe or kayak, but you can in Teddington!
The Royal Canoe Club is the go-to in the area — the oldest canoe club in the UK offering everything you need to have a waterside afternoon on the Thames.
Most sessions are geared at all levels, so don’t be afraid if your watersport skills aren’t quite up to par (I’m with you!).
Tips for Things to do in Teddington
- As you’ll notice, Teddington is sinfully close to tons of other amazing Southwest neighbourhoods, including, Hampton, and Twickenham — so try to combine a visit if you can.
- If you’re looking for a place to stay in Teddington, The Lensbury Resort is the best!
- There’s lots of nature and riverside to be explore here so make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.