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Behold! The King’s station.

No matter where you go in the UK, you will inevitably run into some image of The Royals. It’s in the British blood, even if you’re not a card-carrying royal yourself. Just look at postal stamps that are issued in the UK: it’s the king or the queen. Look at the names of places in the domain: how about Royal Tunbridge Wells, for example. The Monarchy covers a lot of ground, logistically speaking. And literally as well. The Monarchy had cover a lot of ground. The United Kingdom is big. But, talking in circles, if they had to get around, how did they get around? Horses, of course. Corsairs were a fleet way to get from A to B. But, let’s focus on Royal Rail, as this kind of transport was used by everyone (even today) and it is a foremost way to move.

You might guess that the Royals needed to not only proceed, but also to succeed in the most royal fashion. In this case, the fashion was more often than not by rail and, of course, the Royal Rail needed to make a statement. Stay with us on this post, as there is a gem at the end of the line, not only the line on this page, the rail line as well. One of the shining stars of rail stations is Hampton Court. An easy short walk to Hampton Court itself (see below about that) it was once an easy ride for a king to visit a rather important stop. Watch the always excellent Jago Hazard posts the question. “Hampton Court: A Station Fit for a King?”

Once upon a time, we lived within walking distance of Hampton Court. The Castle and the grounds are sumptuous – you should visit if you can. The Nearby River Thames traverses, of course, to London, but if you’re the “athletic” type you can walk along the river bank all the way to Kingston. Be aware that Hampton Court Station has a rather leisurely and sometimes sporadic timetable. That could be a problem, or it could be an opportunity to spend a lovely afternoon in a lovely location. Hampton Court Village is a nice quiet alternative, as well.

Take the London trains from London Waterloo to Hampton Court. Click here to book.

Stay at the lovely The Mitre, Hampton Court. You’ll spend a whole day there. Set on the River Thames opposite Hampton Court Palace, the The Mitre, Hampton Court has a rich history as a place to stay, dating back as far as Charles II in 1665. Following a complete transformation, the new Mitre is a sophisticated and relaxed luxury boutique hotel with two restaurants and bars, a unique events space, a riverside terrace featuring the World’s first Whispering Angel Wine Concession, vintage food truck, private boat launch and 36-individually designed bedrooms and suites. Central London is a 40-minute train journey away, whilst Heathrow Airport can be reached with 30 minutes’ drive. A number of riverside restaurants and pubs can also be found just 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Click here to book.

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