Some people are living in Henley on Thames for its scenic riverside settings. Others live there for the many pubs, eateries and cafés. Then there are those who live in Henley for its rowing history. Essentially, the Oxfordshire town has a little bit of everything.

There’s even convenient travel links into London, which take a little over an hour. It should come as no surprise, then, to learn that many tourists flock to the area each year. Those living in Henley on Thames, however, get to enjoy the benefits all year round with a wealth of fun cultural and lifestyle amenities.

Henley Rowing Club

Boat race in Henley on Thames

You can’t talk about Henley on Thames without mentioning rowing. The town is known for the Royal Regatta, which takes place annually and attracts some of the world’s finest rowers. And you too can learn the ropes and take to the waters with a pair of rows in hand.

There are plenty of options for beginners who want to learn how to row. The Henley Rowing Club was founded in 1839 and offers rowing lessons from experienced rowers and coaches. Who knows? You might be a future Royal Regatta contestant in the making.

Find at The Boat House, Wargrave Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 3JD
Phone no: 01491 573943
Email: [email protected]
Follow @HenleyRC


Clothes from Fluidity

Fluidity is a men and women's international fashion brand based in Henley on Thames. Founded in 1997, Fluidity has gone on to become an important player in the fashion world thanks to its individual, interesting and inspiring collections.

Think of Fluidity as more than a mere place to buy clothes; they offer one-to-one styling tips to make sure you’re looking your best. After all, it’s only right that you look the part while walking through a picturesque town like Henley on Thames.

Find at 43-45 Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2BA
Phone: 01491 412323
Email: [email protected]
Follow @fluidity1

Biggie Best

Biggie Best double bed with throw in Henley on Thames

Get inspired while you’re living in Henley on Thames and find a few pieces to compliment your snazzy apartment. Biggie Best provides luxury home décor that includes everything from soft furnishings to lighting and accessories.

Find the perfect bedspread to match your bedroom or make your place even more homely with a stylish photo frame. There are also gift ideas and jewellery items, such as perhiasan, sterling and hedonism collections.

Find at 4 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1UP
Phone: 01491 571 488
Email: [email protected]
Follow @BiggieBestUK

The Lemongrove

The Lemongrove gallery in Henley on Thames

The Lemongrove Gallery is one of the UK's leading independent art galleries. It features a range of artists that includes bestsellers and up-and-coming talent. It's easy to lose track of time in the gallery while browsing through the diverse range of pieces.

The varying price range means you can find your next piece of wall art for anywhere between £50 and £10,000. Whether you're looking for modern stylings, something abstract or great photography whilst you’re living in Henley on Thames, there's a good chance you'll find it at The Lemongrove.

Find at 10 Duke Street, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1UP
Phone no: 01491 577 215
Email: [email protected]
Follow @lemongrovegallery

Bistro at the Boathouse

Outdoor eating in Henley on Thames

Owned by Head Chef Shaun Dickens, Bistro at the Boathouse enjoys a splendid riverside location. Enjoy an extensive menu and wine list while sitting on the terrace and soaking up Henley on Thames' scenic views.

Or if you fancy sitting inside, the interiors offer a casual and relaxed setting to enjoy food that ranges from fine dining to casual bites. With a riverside setting and a menu that offers variety, it’s easy to see why Bistro at the Boathouse is a Henley on Thames’ favourite.

Find at The Boathouse, Station Road, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1AZ
Phone: 01491 577937
Email: [email protected]
Follow @bistroattheboathouse

River and Rowing Museum

River and Rowing Museum interior

It makes sense to have access to a river and rowing museum if you're living in Henley on Thames. After all, the area has a strong connection to the world of rowing. Opened in 1998, the River and Rowing Museum celebrates the town's aquatic history

The museum holds over 20,000 items that cover the international sport of rowing and the history of Henley on Thames. Expect to find everything from books, ephemera and archival material to artworks, photographs and more.

Find at Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF
Phone: 01491 415600
Email: [email protected]
Follow @riverandrowingmuseum

The Square

The Square pub exterior

The Portuguese are renowned for their excellent cuisine, and you can taste it first hand at The Square. The bar and restaurant offers a range of classic dishes from Portugal. Tuck into Cestinho de Pao (fish bread), Arroz de Sapateira (brown crab rice pot) or one of the other Portuguese delights on the menu.

Situated by the town hall in Market Place, The Square is a cosy and relaxed spot with dark wood floors and tables. You'll feel like you're dining at local restaurants in the heart of the Algarve as you sample some of Portugal's most exquisite cuisine.

Find at 10 Market Place, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2AH
Phone: 01491 578681

Chiltern Hills

Chiltern Hills, Henley on Thames

Walk along the Thames Path in Henley on Thames, and you’ll find yourself in the Chiltern Hills. The Chilterns span across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire and cover a total of 833km.

Did you know Henley on Thames is just a 25 minute drive from Berkshire House?

The Henley on Thames section features hills, valleys and woodlands that provide sweeping views of the local area. No matter the season, the Chiltern Hills provide the chance to bask in local nature and enjoy a scenic stroll.

Find at Henley on Thames
Follow @VisitChilterns

The Kenton Theatre

The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

As the fourth oldest theatre in the country, The Kenton Theatre is full of history. It’s a registered charity too and has 240 seats that show a range of performances throughout the year including comedy, dramas, music and talks.

Previous performers include Henley Amateur Operatic, Russel Brand and Michael McIntyre. The theatre's first production was in 1805, with its long, storied history making it part of the fabric of Henley on Thames.

Find at 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS
Phone: 01491 525050
Follow @kentontheatrehenley

Living in Henley on Thames

The town has pretty much everything you can ask for, and it's all wrapped in medieval streets and scenic waterside settings. Living in Henley on Thames means you can call this picture-perfect place your home while enjoying all that the town has to offer.

If you're interested in living with driving distance of Henley on Thames, be sure to check out or Berkshire House development.

Mark Flint


Mark is a regular contributor to the Essential Living blog and shares all the latest news and sourcing the very best content for our customers.