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Staines-upon-Thames offers the best of all worlds. The town centre is a lively mix of shops, restaurants, cafés and a cinema, with quieter pockets of green and attractive parks nearby to relax in. All just a short stroll from London Square Staines upon Thames.
There are hidden gems such as historic Staines Village, a Conservation Area where some of the buildings date from the 17th century. The river is another priceless asset, providing open vistas, waterside footpaths and pubs. Neighbouring towns include Royal Windsor, about seven miles away, and Egham, just over two miles*.
The surrounding countryside is a unique blend of Surrey and Berkshire heath, hills and parkland, and, to the north of the town, the watery landscape fed by the Thames. It means that, within just a few miles of home, you will have a multitude of outdoor pastimes to enjoy, from fishing and sailing, to golf and nature walks.
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The riverside setting of Staines-upon-Thames is one of its most appealing features, with ample opportunities for leisure and to enjoy the wealth of wildlife drawn to its banks.
Centrally located on this stretch of the river, Staines Boat Club is a popular local institution, offering rowing opportunities for adults and children, experts and novices alike. Waterside footpaths take you on a nine-mile scenic trail all the way to Windsor, passing through Runnymede Meadows and the pretty village of Datchet.
For a more relaxed approach to the river, sit back with something to eat or drink at The Swan Hotel in its large garden overlooking the water. Or watch the centuries old tradition of swan upping, when the health of adult swans and cygnets is checked, as it processes through Staines-upon-Thames every summer.
Within just a short walk from London Square Staines upon Thames, there’s plenty to choose from. Tried and tested favourites such as ASK, Prezzo, Jimmy’s and Pizza Express compete with independent eateries for local custom.
In nearby Egham, there are additional delicious options, with Loch Fyne, Eat Thai, Bar 163, Sushi Hana, Hugo’s and Villa Rosa extending the area’s international menu. Windsor is another great dining destination. It too has its share of pubs on the river, as well as a restaurant range that includes Thai, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Greek and contemporary English.
When the occasion demands, you might head to the little Thames-side town of Bray, which boasts three Michelin starred restaurants. The Fat Duck, The Waterside Inn and The Hind’s Head each serve their own version of highly refined, original cuisine that has established their reputations for excellence.
At London Square Staines upon Thames, you could not be better placed for shopping of every variety. Both of the town’s retail hubs, The Elmsleigh Centre and Two Rivers, are within a few minutes’ walk. Between them they offer a multitude of well-known shops, including Laura Ashley, Next, Monsoon, Waterstones and Sony. For quality groceries, there’s also a large branch of Waitrose.
In the historic streets of Windsor, there’s an extensive array of shops, including some prestigious fashion brands. Many boutiques cluster within the Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, an ornate Victorian station building which has been transformed into a major retail destination. Aquascutum, Whistles, Jo Malone London, Space NK Apothecary and Mint Velvet are some of the upmarket names that have made their home there. Elsewhere in Windsor, Peascod Street, King Edward Court and St Leonard’s Road are also good hunting grounds for the dedicated shopper.
Bedfont Lakes Country Park, just four miles away, is one of the nearest natural assets to London Square Staines upon Thames, where visitors can enjoy 180 acres of meadows, woodland and lakes. To the north is Colne Valley Park, 40 square miles of farmland, and lakes with an incredible 200 miles of rivers.
Windsor Great Park, six miles away, offers a magnificent contrast to all of this wild nature. It has been a Royal Park for over 1,000 years, and today encompasses the Savill Garden, Virginia Water, the Valley Gardens, the Long Walk and Deer Park, with the iconic castle ever present on the horizon. Red deer roam its 5,000 acres, while visitors can stroll, walk their dogs, cycle, ride or go fishing.
Adjacent to Windsor Great Park is Home Park Golf Course, and golfers can also enjoy a round or two at Ashford Manor Golf Club, whose 18-hole course is regarded as one of the finest in Middlesex.
Royal Ascot is the most prestigious race meeting of the year, always attended by Her Majesty the Queen, with the racegoers’ fashion statements providing as much entertainment as the racing itself. Polo at the Guards Club in Windsor Great Park is another place to spot a Royal personage, either playing or watching the sport. The world renowned Cartier Queen’s Cup takes place at the club during May and June. Henley Royal Regatta is another highlight of the summer, thrilling spectators with around 200 races over five days.
Runnymede’s significance as the place where the Magna Carta was sealed in 1215 is undisputed, but it is also a beautiful spot for riverside walks. Eton College also has a long and illustrious history. Founded in 1440, it is undoubtedly one of the most famous English schools, whose alumni include princes, politicians and many stage and screen stars. There are regular guided tours for visitors.
Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic School in Staines-upon-Thames has earned a ‘Good’ accolade from Ofsted, and Staines Preparatory School offers a private alternative for primary education. For older children, The Magna Carta School in Runnymede is a community school with a ‘Good and Improving’ rating.
For those who have reached university age, the location of London Square Staines upon Thames is ideal for study at Royal Holloway University of London, whose spectacular campus is just 2.4 miles away: 6 minutes by car or just 5 minutes on the train from Staines train station. From Staines bus station you either catch the number 44 which takes 19 minutes or number 71 which is 18 minutes.
The Royal Holloway was founded in 1886, and today it is ranked 19th overall in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015/16. It is renowned for its excellence in research, and offers students a wide range of courses in disciplines that include arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law.