Mortlake is situated between Kew and Barnes on the south bank of the River Thames, just north of East Sheen. Famous for being the finishing point of the annual Oxford v Cambridge boat race, Mortlake was also home to the Mortlake Tapestry Works in the 17th Century and the Mortlake Brewery, which, until recently, produced Budweiser.
Mortlake is only 20 minutes to Waterloo by train via either Mortlake station or the nearby Barnes Bridge station. There are also frequent buses towards Hammersmith and Richmond. If you’d rather take in some air the towpath provides a great scenic route for either cycling west towards Kew Gardens or east towards Putney. Or if you’d prefer to just sit and admire the view you can visit Dovecote Gardens or Mortlake Green.
There are lots of great places to eat and drink in Mortlake, including the Tapestry Tapas Bar or The Ship on the river. At the top of White Hart Lane you can stop and have a cup of tea or light lunch at acclaimed tea house Orange Pekoe, or at the Corner Café and Deli. Enjoy a pint overlooking the river at The White Hart, or a great Sunday lunch at The Tree House on White Hart Lane. For fine riverside dining, try The Depot within Tideway Yard on Mortlake High Street.
You’ll find a variety of local shops in Barnes Village and on White Hart Lane, providing all your essentials and everyday needs. At the weekend, make time for a browse in some of the area’s independent fashion boutiques and interior-design stores.