Monday, 20 September 2021

Top 10 reasons why it is great to live in Henley

The Henley Standard has served the people of Henley and surrounding areas since the late 1800s

1 The Henley Standard. The Henley Standard has served the people of Henley and surrounding areas since the late 1800s and remains one of only a few privately-owned local newspapers in the UK. Readers can get the latest news and access the Property Search portal, at

2 It is on the river. Beautiful tow path walks. Check. Boats and ducks. Check. Three Men in a Boat and The Wind In The Willows memorabilia. Check. River and Rowing Museum. Check.

3 It is home to the world’s most famous rowing event. We love the crowds, the sites, the buzz. This year Henley Royal Regatta takes place July 1 to 5.

4 The history. Henley has more than 300 listed buildings and the Thursday market was granted by a charter of King John.

5 It has been voted one of the friendliest places to live. According to a survey by The Telegraph, Henley is eighth on the list of 20, with Keswick in Cumbria top.

6 The number of local schools rated as outstanding or good by Ofsted, is in the double digits.

7 The food and drink. Gabriel Machin, The Quince Tree, the Crooked Billet... the list goes on. According to Trip Advisor, there are 76 restaurants to choose from in and around Henley.

8 It is a great place to buy a house. Henley has had a 7.37 per cent increase in average property price over the past two years, according to local estate agent Romans, in Hart Street.

9 Henley has some great connections — and not just social! Trains to London take an hour, trains to Reading 26 minutes, plus it is a half-hour by car to Heathrow airport.

10 Along with Henley’s numerous Olympic gold medal-winning rowers who have trained at Leander Club (there is a gold post box on Hart Street), we have more than our fair share of rather famous locals (but enough about Cbeebies’ Mr Tumble….). Plus George Orwell and George Harrison have called themselves residents.

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