Henley on Thames

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Once described by popular twentieth-century poet John Betjeman as the “flowering heart of England’s willow-cooled July”, Henley on Thames has been a coveted area since the Medieval period. Located in the beautiful borough of Oxfordshire and within easy reach of Reading, Oxford and London, this picturesque market town is without doubt one of the finest areas in England to own property.

A more relaxed and traditional way of life is prized in Henley, centred around a historic market square, town hall and church. While the area has always been popular with British aristocracy, it is now achieving international recognition with buyers from all over the world flocking to this pretty town in Oxfordshire.

The first mention of Henley was in 1179, when it was purchased by King Henry II. The buzzing market was established during the 13th century following a charter by King John, and the area later became known for contributions to the glass, corn and malt industries. Following the decline of these traditional methods Henley-on-Thames was at risk of falling into obscurity, until the famous regatta was established in 1839. The regatta achieved royal status in 1851 when Prince Albert became a patron; the international glitterati have flocked to Henley ever since.

Architecture in Henley on Thames

The architecture in historic Henley is largely Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian, which local architectural landmarks including the Grade I listed Henley Bridge, built in 1786, and the 16th century Church of St Mary.

The high desirable properties on the banks of the Thames are predominantly detached villas with stucco fronted Georgian facades, or decorative Edwardian houses with rustic brick exteriors and small paned, leaded windows. In the centre of Henley, it is also possible to find historically valuable Grade II listed red-brick townhouses.

What makes Henley on Thames so special?

Henley is the epitome of discrete. While the affluent locals here are undoubtedly successful and in many cases aristocratic, the traditional nature of the area discourages any garish displays of wealth. What’s more, residents tend to stay in Henley for many years, and as a result there is a strong sense of community among the 15,000 residents.

Living in Oxfordshire has the added advantage of accessibility to some of the UK’s finest public schools, making it a very popular choice for families seeking to give their children the finest education and the best opportunities.

Henley on Thames property types

While the popularity and compact size of this beautiful area has led to a rather scarce amount of available properties, house hunters can expect to find everything from historic country estates and Georgian townhouses, to detached modern mansions in and around Henley.

Properties on the Thames, with mooring and direct access to the river, are seen as particularly prestigious, as are the large townhouses of New Street, if you wish to live in the bustle of central Henley. For those seeking a little more space, Lambridge Wood Road and the nearby village of Hambledon offer large homes with generous gardens, perfect for a growing family.

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Schools in Henley on Thames

Oxfordshire is home to a significant proportion of England’s best independent schools, allowing Henley residents a generous choice of potential educational establishments for their children. Famous boarding schools Shiplake College, Pangbourne College, Wellington College, Radley College and Eton College are all located a short distance from Henley on Thames.

Meanwhile in Oxford, Oxford High School GDST and Magdalen College School are academically rigorous, with many pupils going on to attend either Oxford or Cambridge University. Abingdon School and sister school St Helen and St Katherine, in Abingdon, are also very highly rated.

Moulsford Preparatory School
Moulsford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire
01491 651438 www.moulsford.com
The Oratory Preparatory School
Goring Heath Reading RG8 7SF
0118 984 4511 www.oratoryprep.co.uk
The Oratory School
Woodcote, Reading, RG8 0PJ
01491 683500 www.oratory.co.uk
Rupert House School
90 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BN
01491 574263 www.ruperthouse.org
Cranford House
Moulsford, Oxfordshire OX10 9HT
01491 651218 www.cranfordhouse.net
Shiplake College
Shiplake Court, Shiplake, Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4BW
0118 940 2455 www.shiplake.org.uk
Pangbourne College
Pangbourne, Reading, West Berkshire RG8 8LA
0118 984 2101 www.pangbournecollege.com
St Helen and St Katherine
Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1BE
01235 520173 www.shsk.org.uk
Abingdon School
Park Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1DE
01235 521563 www.abingdon.org.uk
Queen Anne’s School
6 Henley Road, Reading, West Berkshire RG4 6DX
0118 918 7300 www.qas.org.uk
Wellington College
Duke's Ride, Crowthorne, West Berkshire RG45 7PU
01344 444000 www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk
Eton College
Windsor SL4 6DW
01753 370100 www.etoncollege.com
Radley College
Kennington Road, Radley, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 2HR
01235 543000 www.radley.org.uk
Oxford High School GDST
Belbroughton Road, Oxford OX2 6XA
01865 559888 www.oxfordhigh.gdst.net
St Edwards School
Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NN
01865 319204 www.stedwardsoxford.org
Magdalen College School
Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DZ
01865 242191 www.mcsoxford.org

Things to do

By far the most prestigious annual event in Henley on Thames is Henley Royal Regatta, which takes place in late June every year and brings together the cream of British society for a week of rowing races and socialising on the banks of the Thames.

During the rest of the year, however, there is still plenty to do in and around Henley, with many cultural attractions including the River and Rowing Museum, Kenton Theatre, Greys Court, Nuffield Place and Basildon Park. Henley also boasts a number of fine restaurants such as Hotel du Vin, Villa Marina, Loch Fyne and the dining room at Danesfield House Hotel. For green spaces, the beautiful parks and colleges of Oxford are just a short drive away and are a pleasant option for a weekend stroll.

Kenton Theatre
New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BP
01491 575698 www.kentontheatre.co.uk
Henley Festival of Music and Art
14 Friday Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1AH
01491 843404 www.henley-festival.co.uk
Greys Court
Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 4PG
01494 755564 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Nuffield Place
Nuffield, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 5RY
01491 641224 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Basildon Park
Lower Basildon, Reading, West Berkshire RG8 9N
0118 984 3040 www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Regal Picturehouse
2 Boroma Way, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BZ
0871 902 5738 www.picturehouses.co.uk
Maison Blanc
1-3 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1UR
01491 577294 www.maisonblanc.co.uk
Hotel du Vin
New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BP
0844 736 4258 www.hotelduvin.com
Leander Club
White Hill, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2LP
01491 575782 www.leander.co.uk
Villa Marina
18 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BH
01491 575262 www.villamarina-henley.com
Loch Fyne
20 Market Place, Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AH
01491 845780 www.lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co.uk
Danesfield House Hotel
Henley Road, Marlow-On-Thames, Buckinghamshire SL7 2EY
01628 891010 www.danesfieldhouse.co.uk
River and Rowing Museum
Mill Meadows, Meadow Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1BF
01491 415600 www.rrm.co.uk

Shopping in Henley on Thames

As you would expect from such a charming and traditional market town, high street chains have been largely been shunned here in favour of exclusive independent boutiques beloved by the affluent locals.

Finding the perfect outfit for Henley Royal Regatta is easy, with a number of premier fashion boutiques, including Anna’s Wardrobe, Noa Noa and Frivolity for women, and bespoke blazer shop, Collier and Robinson, for men. The many bookshops of Henley on Thames, such as Jonkers, Richard Way Books and Bell Bookshop are perfect for picking up the latest hardback or a rare first edition, while children will adore the Asquith Teddy Bear shop.

Spirited Wines
Market Place, 22 Market Place, Oxfordshire RG9 2AH
01491 414454 www.spiritedwines.co.uk
Asquiths Teddy Bear Shop
2-4 New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BT
01491 571978 www.asquiths.com
Hubbledays Kitchenware
43-45 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1UR
01491 410799
Anna’s Wardrobe
26 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1UP
01491 577740
24 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire County RG9 2AU
01491 576427 www.jonkers.co.uk
Noa Noa
Noa Noa45 Duke Street, Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1UR
01491 579016 www.noanoahenley.com
Collier and Robinson
Hempstead Works Stuarts Lane Henley-on-Thames RG9 1UF
01491 413939 www.collierandrobinson.co.uk
Richard Way Books
54 Friday Street Henley-on-Thames RG9 1AH
01491 576663 www.aba.org.uk
Jods Galore
73 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BD
01491 576125
Bell Bookshop
52 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BL
01491 572583 www.bellbookshop.co.uk
31-33 Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AR
01491 636272
Tudor House Antiques
49 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1UR
01491 573680 www.tudor-house-antiques.com
Laura Ashley
2-4 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1AG
01491 570810 www.lauraashley.com
F2 Menswear
43 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BA
01491 412323 www.fluidity-f2.com
White Garden
35 Hart Street, Henley On Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2AR
01491 577370 www.white-gdn.co.uk
Space NK
24A Duke Street, Henley, Oxfordshire RG9 1UP
01491 412598 www.uk.spacenk.com
Oxford House, 51 Duke Street, Henley, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1UR
01491 411410 www.cookfood.net

Local Services

South Oxfordshire District Council
Benson Lane , Crowmarsh Gifford , Wallingford OX10 8ED
01491 823 000 www.southoxon.gov.uk
Townlands Community Hospital
York Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2EB
01865 903703 www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk
Churchill Hospital
Old Road, Headington, Oxfordshire OX3 7LE
01865 741841 www.oxfordradcliffe.nhs.uk
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way, Oxford OX3 9DU
01865 741166 www.ouh.nhs.uk

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