A Brief Guide to Nights Out in Teddington

Being located in such close proximity to London, many Teddington locals – and visitors to the town – think nothing of making the trip into the Big Smoke for a big night out. There is certainly plenty of nightlife action on offer to keep anyone entertained in the UK’s capital, but Teddington Town can hold its own against the big city too. 

The next time you’re planning to get together with the girls or lads for a night on the town, why not consider staying a bit more locally? There’s plenty on offer in Teddington and the surrounding areas, from theatrical entertainment to the rush of casino gaming. Here’s a brief look at what’s available right here on your doorstep. 

Pubs

Sometimes there’s nothing better than getting together with your friends with some pub games for a night down the local. Luckily, Teddington is brimming with plenty of authentic pubs that can offer some real Middlesex flavour! 

Pubs in Teddington doesn’t get more local or authentic than the Mason’s Arms in TW11. Complete with a wood-burning stove, cute garden for those balmy summer nights, and a wide range of independent and local ciders and ales, this low key venue has remained this way for years and will likely stay that way for many more to come.

Found next to the Teddington Lock, The Anglers is a more vibrant venue for bigger get-togethers, but this historical pub still retains a friendly, low-key atmosphere. Dating right the way back to the 18th Century, this Fuller’s pub has been considered one of the best riverside pubs in the area, as well as one of the best pubs with a beer garden.

Entertainment

If the pub isn’t your thing then perhaps a bit of light entertainment is called for. Much like its food and pub scene, Teddington’s entertainment scene at night is quite diverse and is quite a well kept local secret.

Although it’s not known for its gaming scene in the way that London is, there are quite a few casinos within easy reach of Teddington town centre that have plenty to offer both seasoned gamers and total beginners alike. Reel Time in Kingston and The Admiral in Hounslow are all highly rated, and the ever-popular Glouscter by Grosvenor Casinos is also easily accessible by public transport. A word of advice if you’re new to casino gaming: make sure you get to grips with the basics of roulette, blackjack, poker, and slots by familiarising yourself with online casino games first at online platforms before you place any real-life wagers. 

Teddington Theatre Hampton Hill Playhouse / CC BY-NC 2.0

For something a little different, the Teddington Theatre Club regularly stages amateur productions at its purpose-built Hampton Hill Theatre and is even accepting new members to the group if you feel inspired to tread the boards after watching one of their performances. Meanwhile, The Exchange in Twickenham offers a diverse array of evening entertainment, including performances by a rather unusual Shakespeare company, popular musical acts, movie screenings, and one-off community events.  

Restaurants

Teddington also has its fair share of dining options, ranging from budget-friendly to the slightly more extravagant, only not at those eye-watering “London” prices.

The King’s Head on Broad Street features a great French brasserie, complete with an English pub twist. It’s wallet-friendly too, with a set menu rotating monthly priced at under £13 for two courses. Seasonal ingredients are showcased here, and all the dishes are cooked fresh on the premises. 

Sticking with the gastropub theme, Teddington is also home to Plates Restaurant at The Hogarth. The originator of British Tapas, aka Brapas, there are a wide selection of delicious and innovative dishes on offer here, made from ethically sourced, seasonal ingredients. Head Chef Michael Humphries trained under Jamie Oliver, and much like his former mentor, he’s committed to creating menus using “the Best of British” as much as possible. 

For a romantic meal for two or an intimate celebration, Shambles Bar and Restaurant has got you covered. This Italian brasserie offers seasonally focused menus that change daily, made from sustainably sourced ingredients – some of the fruits and vegetables featured in the dishes are even grown on-site. Set in a beautiful Grade 2 listed building, the restaurant also features a lovely summer garden that is perfect for al fresco dining.

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