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Living in Windsor: A Royal Town by the Thames - Essential Living

Living in Windsor: A Royal Town by the Thames

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Windsor is wrapped in royal roots and is the hometown of the Queen. Yet, to think that living in Windsor offers little more than royal attractions does the area a disservice. This Berkshire town is also a place with lively nightlife, stylish restaurants and fun shopping amenities.

The historic market town offers a cosmopolitan vibe in a scenic riverside setting. Fast travel times to London make it an attractive option with commuters. While Heathrow is just 11 miles away, so you’re never far from a weekend break in Europe. Oh, and there’s Legoland too. What more could you ask for?


One of Windsor’s best-kept secrets, Sebastian’s is an Italian restaurant with wood-oven pizzas and top pasta choices. There’s also a range of meat and fish dishes, such as 6oz sirloin steaks and roasted sea bass.

Then there are the desserts, which are ideal for those living in Windsor with a sweet tooth. The chef cooks up a storm with tasty tiramisu, profiteroles and panna cotta. And it’s all served with a smile from the friendly staff.

Find at 2 Goswell Hill, Windsor, SL49 1RH
Phone no: 01753 851 418
Follow @sebastiansitalian

Windsor Castle

The oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle is the place the Queen calls “home” for a portion of the year. It’s also a major tourist attraction and visited by more than one million people annually.

As a home to British kings and queens for more than a thousand years, there’s plenty of history to discover at Windsor Castle. A trip here is a chance to explore the grounds within the medieval walls, including the luxurious State Apartments.

Find at Castle Hill, Windsor, SL4 1NJ
Phone no: 0303 123 7304
Follow @royalcollectiontrust


After the Royals, Legoland is Windsor’s second-largest attraction. Families flock from all over to see the 55 interactive attractions. It’s not just families who love Lego, though. Imaginative adults who enjoy embracing their creativity will get a kick out of the theme park.

There are rides and shows to experience, not to mention impressive Lego models that recreate iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower. Whether you’re learning to drive a Lego car or riding a dragon, Legoland is an immersive experience not to be missed.

Find at Winkfield Road, Windsor, SL4 4AY
Phone: 01753 626 416
Follow @legolandwindsor

Windsor Great Park

There are over 4,800 acres of green space to explore at Windsor Great Park. Expect to find everything from historical monuments to ancient forests on your journey. The park is perfect for a scenic stroll while enjoying rare wildlife and spotting a deer or two.

Windsor Great Park is a fun visit no matter the season. Wander around in the spring to the backdrop of blue skies or take an autumn stroll as the leaves drop. This is the de-facto open space in Windsor, with a history that dates back to pre-Saxon times.

Find at The Crown Estate, Windsor Great Park, SL4 2HT
Phone no: 01753 860222
Follow @windsorgreatpark

Daniel of Windsor

Daniel of Windsor is a department store that’s been open for more than 100 years. It provides fashion, beauty products, toys and furniture for those living in Windsor and has become a staple of the area. Over the years it’s received praise for its impressive toy store.

It’s been rewarded with a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen as a supplier of ‘Gifts’ to the Royal Household. So it’s fair to say that Daniel of Windsor knows a thing or two about providing an exemplary service.

Find at 121-125 Peascod Street, Windsor, SL4 1DP
Phone no: 01753 801000
Follow @danielofwindsor

Harte & Garter Hotel

If you’re living in Windsor, there won’t be any real reason to stay at the Harte and Garter Hotel. You will, however, have the opportunity to try their delightful afternoon teas. Indulge with a selection of finger sandwiches, scones and, of course, a selection of teas.

Why not top it off with a glass of prosecco and make the most of an afternoon in a snazzy hotel? If you’re looking for something more than tea, book a spa day and pamper yourself with a range of treatments at The Wellness Centre in the hotel.

Find at The Harte and Garter Hotel & Spa, High Street, Windsor, SL4 1PQ
Phone no: 0330 390 0494 
Follow @harteandgarter

The Boatman

Windsor’s only pub on the river, The Boatman is neatly tucked in beneath Windsor Castle and is a big hit with locals. There’s an inside and an outside space, so you can enjoy traditional pub grub and thirst-quenching drinks both indoors and out.

The menu is freshly prepared and uses locally sourced ingredients. Favourites include traditional beer-battered fish and chips and Sunday roasts. The biggest draw, however, is the Riverside Terrace, where you can enjoy your time at The Boatman with uninterrupted waterfront views.

Find at 10 Thames Side, Windsor, SL4 1QN
Phone no: 01753 620010
Follow #TheBoatmanWindsor


If you’re living in Windsor and need some items to compliment your home, look no further than Urbanlux. The furniture shop has contemporary designs for all rooms in the home, meaning you can give add splash of interior design to your apartment.

Whether it’s a modern sofa or stylish bed — or something smaller like a bedside table — Urbanlux has a wealth of options. There’s even office ideas, just in case you want to convert part of your home into a remote working space.

Find at Urbanlux, Trinity Yard, 59 St Leonards Rd, Windsor, SL4 3BX
Phone no: 01753 856 610

Living in Windsor

Embracing the royal life isn’t the only thing you’ll be doing in Windsor. Cultural landmarks, independent shops and restaurants and excellent travel links make the town a sought-after hotspot. Living in Windsor offers a countryside lifestyle with a splash of urban buzz.

And even if you don’t live in Windsor itself, you can still experience all the benefits by living in nearby Maidenhead, where our Berkshire House apartments are.

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