You're spoilt for choice if you want to eat and drink on Teddington High Street - there are more cafes than you can shake a stick at!!.....my personal favourite is the Fallow Deer at 130 High Street - an independent laid-back cafe with an East London hipster vibe - great coffee and large menu ranging from full herd breakfast or buttermilk pancakes. On Friday nights the cafe transforms into a cocktail bar....and it's packed out! Or if you are more inclined towards a long cold refreshing pint or Sunday roast lunch head to either The Anglers at 3 Broom Rd, Teddington TW11 9NR with a large bear garden overlooking the river next to the lock or the Tide End Cottage pub, a traditional pub tucked away in a terrace of houses close to the river which also serves pub grub and has a very pretty outside front garden and sun-trap!
But my personal favourite is the Flying Cloud riverside cafe located at Ferry Road, Teddington right in front of the Boat Shop Chandlery and Teddington Boathouse. The Flying Cloud Cafe is open at weekends from the end March then weekday from end of May onwards till the Autumn. Check their @Flying_cafe Twitter account for exact dates. Homemade cakes, drinks - hot and cold - plus delicious ice creams....all served at candy coloured tables and chairs shaded from the summer sun by a huge yacht sail - what's not to like!!
I live in the 'Teddington Bubble' a green and pleasant land out west from central London. Blessed with open green spaces - Royal Parks - Bushy Park and the quieter Home Park to the west, Richmond Deer Park on the opposite side of the Thames and large pockets of greenery set aside for sports and leisure. Flowing straight through the middle of this is the River Thames - the longest river in England with 45 locks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Walk down Teddington High Street from Teddington Station towards Teddington Lock, pass numerous independent shops, boutiques and cafes, pass the achingly pretty St Mary with St Alban church - which celebrates its 800 year anniversary this year - and arrive at the river. You'll see the white pillars of the Teddington Lock Suspension Footbridge - built in the 1880s - which leads you across to the Ham Common side of the river. From here you can turn right and walk along the riverside to Kingston and if you're feeling energetic all the way to Hampton Court Palace - or turn left and walk along the towpath towards Richmond, passing Teddington Lock and Ham House en route.
The Boathouse at Teddington Lock has recently been renovated and is a thriving creative hub run as an open office space for architect, landscape architect and design & creative practices. The Boathouse Design Studio has developed a great online resource of the history of the lock and boatyard.
It's worth taking some time out to wander round Teddington Lock. There's a large lawned area on the lock island with picnic tables and landscaped herbaceous borders. It's very pretty and my top tip is to sit here late afternoon or early evening when the Lock catches the late summer days sunshine. The Lock is always a hive of activity with boats, passenger ferries, canoes and pleasure crafts all jostiling for space as the lock loads up.