Marlow sits high on the list when it comes to picturesque towns. Alongside Henley-on-Thames, it’s a favourite weekend spot for Londoners thanks to its scenic settings. But if you’re living in Marlow, there’s more to this riverside town than postcard-perfect looks.

It's a town steeped in history, and somewhere that offers an alternative to the capital's hustle and bustle. Some might even argue that Marlow provides a better work-life balance than the Big Smoke. Even with a slower pace of life, there's still plenty to do in this Buckinghamshire town.

The Hand and Flowers

The first-ever pub with two Michelin-stars, The Hand and Flowers is from Tom Kerridge. The friendly, cosy atmosphere is a complete 180 from your typical Michelin-starred restaurant, but that only adds to the charm.

Everyone’s welcome at The Hand and Flowers, and there’s a scrumptious menu on offer with delights like loin of Cotswold venison and traditional Sunday roasts. And if you eat so much food that you find it hard to move, there’s a hotel on hand at The Hand and Flowers. Handy. 

Find at 126 West St, Marlow SL7 2BP
Phone: 01628 482277
Email: [email protected]
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Higginson Park

If you're living in Marlow and in search of peaceful open spaces, look no further than Higginson Park. The riverfront park features landscaped lawns, flower beds and trails ideal for a scenic stroll. Who doesn't want to go for a walk set to the backdrop of the River Thames?

Higginson Park also benefits from a leisure centre. If you’re looking to get active, stop by and go for a dip in the swimming pool, hit the gym, compete in a game of tennis and enjoy a spot of cricket. Or you could join the local Marlow Bowls Club, which is located in the park.

Find at Pound Lane, Marlow SL7 2AE
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Marlow Lock

Built as a timber pound lock in 1773 and reconstructed in stone in 1825, Marlow Lock is a lock and weir situated on the River Thames. It’s a great place to soak up Marlow’s natural beauty and take in the local sights.

Those living in Marlow make sure they take regular trips to Marlow Lock, which is a landmark in the area. During the summer, public boat cruises stop along the lock so that passengers can admire Marlow’s surroundings.

Find at Marlow SL7 1QD
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Sara Hughes

Head to Sara Hughes if you're looking for some vintage or contemporary homeware for your Marlow pad. Everything at Sara Hughes is hand selected and bespoke, meaning you can find that one-of-a-kind item for your home.

From furniture to champagne glasses, Sara Hughes is a goldmine of unique items that are bound to catch the eye in your home. There’s even a regular Autentico paint workshop where you can don an apron and learn how to transform tired furniture into antique classics. Not bad if you want to upgrade your interiors without spending a penny.

Find at 21 West Street, Marlow SL7 2LS
Phone no: 01628 485057
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The Ivy Marlow Garden

Enjoy all-day dining at The Ivy Marlow Green, a stylish and airy spot in the heart of town. The Ivy has some of the most sought-after restaurants around, and the Marlow location is no different. Tuck into classic British dishes in the swanky dining room or relaxing outdoor area.

The interior consists of a grand bar with art-deco themed furnishings. While a central skylight beams onto the dining room, offering plenty of natural light. The food is just as elegant, from the pumpkin soup to steak tartare. The Ivy is the perfect reason to get dressed up and enjoy a fancy night out.

Find at 66-68 High Street, Marlow SL7 1AH
Phone no: 01628 902777
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Marlow Bridge

A Grade I-listed bridge, Marlow Bridge is another landmark where you capture the essence of Marlow and take in its beauty. The bridge links Marlow to the village of Bisham and is a popular walking spot for those living in Marlow.

Take a stroll along the Thames path and bask in the glory of riverside views, which is especially popular during the warmer months. Some form of the bridge has stood strong in Marlow since 1530.

Find at High Street, Bisham, Marlow SL7 1RG
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The Coach

From head chef Tom De Keyser, The Coach is a favourite with those living in Marlow. The Michelin-starred pub serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed and cosy setting. There’s table and bar-stool seating, which further underlines the casual settings of this Michelin-star delight.

An extensive menu features traditional British favourites, such as the rotisserie of the day and fish fritter with pease pudding and tartare sauce. Round your meal off with everyone’s favourite: The Coach Profiteroles with Soured Vanilla Cream.

Find at 3 West Street, Marlow SL7 2LS
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living in marlow

Marlow's high street is filled with charming boutique shops, including Hewetts. The men's clothing store is located in a 200-year-old building and offers a range of stylish garments. It's a third-generation, family-run shop that has been going strong for more than 65 years.

Being an independent store, Hewetts offers a different experience from your typical fashion retailers. Collections are chosen by those working in the store behind the counter. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or your partner, expect an experience with a difference at Hewetts

Find at 47-49 High Street, Marlow SL7 1BA
Phone no: 01628 483334
Email: [email protected]
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Living in Marlow

So if you’re living in Marlow, you can enjoy a close-knit community and easy-on-the-eye surroundings. Trains to London and Reading in around an hour means you’re well connected to city-style buzz. Yet, there’s always an escape in the lush, scenic settings of Marlow.

Mark Flint


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