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OVERVIEW

This 17th-century, Grade II-listed Hampton Court landmark was built in 1665 to house the courtiers of King Charles II. Now it's an elegant hotel with contemporary décor, where antiques, hand-painted wallpaper and fine dining meet individually designed bedrooms and generous hospitality that's as expansive as King Henry VIII himself.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The hotel is across the busy A309 from Hampton Court Palace and adjacent to the Lutyens bridge that straddles the River Thames. Hampton Court railway station, where trains to Waterloo take 30 minutes, is a five-minute walk away. The A3 and M3 motorways are within easy reach. Boat trips on the River Thames. Close by are Bushy Park with its bronze Diana Fountain (1637) and Baroque-style Upper Lodge Water Gardens, Chiswick House, Ham House and Kew Gardens.

By car: 2 hours from Birmingham or Bristol and 4 hours from Manchester. There is free parking on site.

By train: Hampton Court station is on a direct line from London Waterloo. The train ride takes around 30 minutes. The hotel is a further 6-minute walk from the station. Book trains to Hampton Court.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Country house meets city chic. Contemporary design by Nicola Harding blends a mix of old and new: period chairs stylishly reupholstered, a tapestry from the original building, antiques, commissioned artwork and a retro jukebox in the intimate library. Hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper is exquisite. The vibe is relaxed and buzzy.

THE FACILITIES

Impeccable, friendly, unpretentious and efficient; we appreciated the sommelier's recommendation to go with our roasted suckling pig. Waiters are dressed informally in jeans, aprons and shirts. The hotel will arrange boat trips, canoeing, paddle boarding and picnic hampers.

  • Bar
  • Two restaurants
  • Library
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Each of the King Henry-sized rooms is different but adorned with heavily patterned wallpaper, painted wood panelling and elegant antique chairs. Some have a standalone bath and an open four-poster bed. King Henry-themed drawings, books and hanging door signs are fun and the bottle of Kings Ginger is a lovely touch.

Room types: Classic, Heritage, Culture, Royal rooms, Catherin Parr & Henry VIII suites

Key amenities: ensuite with power showers or shower over bath, Bramley toiletries, TV, tea and coffee making-facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

1665 restaurant offers a brasserie menu with delicious seafood options, including squid, rock oysters and stone bass fillet with mussels and cockles. Breakfast and all-day dining are taken in the Coppernose restaurant. A riverside terrace with Whispering Angel wine concession is perfect for a sundowner.

1665 Riverside Brasserie: modern British cuisine. Open daily. Dinner mains from £16.

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