England, London Guide (B): A Walk from Eel Pie Island, Twickenham to Richmond Bridge

A Walk from Eel Pie Island, Twickenham to Richmond Bridge
Most people associate Twickenham with rugby. As home to England Rugby with a stadium that seats a crowd of 82,000 for a big match, it’s most visitors’ reason for coming here. However, Twickenham has other claims to fame and just a fairly short walk along the Thames from Eel Pie Island, just off the high street in Twickenham, to Richmond Bridge (about 3km/2 miles) is a good indicator of all that Twickenham has to offer in terms of history and a beautiful location in SW London.

I set off soon after 9am this morning. It had been a foggy start as you’ll see from my photos, but by the time I got to Richmond Bridge, the fog had pretty much burned off revealing sun, blue skies and the promise of a fine autumn day. It takes me about 10 minutes from my house to head down to the centre of Twickenham where from King Street, I took a side road – Wharf Lane – down to the Thames and saw Eel Pie Island in front of me.

It’s said that Eel Pie Island may have been a ‘courting’ ground for Henry VIII. It gained its name from as far back as the 17th century when day trippers picnicked on pies made from locally caught eels. In more recent history, it became a famous venue for music in the 1960s when fans flocked to its hotel to hear bands such as The Who and the Rolling Stones when they were starting out.

The hotel closed in 1967 and was burned down in 1971. The island is private property and although you can cross the footbridge (built in 1957) on to it, you can’t ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Walk from Eel Pie Island, Twickenham to Richmond Bridge
Guide Location: England » London
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Richmond Bridge   King Street   Barmy Arms   Mary Wallace Theatre   Embankment   Champions’ Wharf   St Mary’s Church   Flood Lane   Church Lane   Twickenham Museum   Church Street   Masaniello   Corto Italian Deli   Pinchos   Osteria Pulcinella   York House   White Swan   Orleans House   Ham House   Marble Hill House   Montpelier Row   Richmond Hill   Sandycombe Lodge   Bingham Hotel  
Author: Kay Gale
Read it on author's website: https://travel-gourmet.com/2016/10/31/a-walk-from-eel-pie-island-twickenham-to-richmond-bridge/

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