Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court

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Hampton Court Palace, Surry, KT8 9AU†
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Every day 7am to 11pm (Closed Christmas Day)

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Royal Tennis Court, Hampton CourtSet in 60 acres of beautiful gardens, Hampton Court charts the last 500 years of royal history from the time of Henry VIII. Not only that, it is home to the oldest still-in-use Real Tennis court in the world. Nowhere near as well known as its relatively recent descendant, Lawn Tennis, Real Tennis is the granddaddy of all racquet sports. Its history stretches back to 5th century Tuscan villages where locals would hit balls up and down the street with their hands. Over the centuries gloves were adopted to protect players hands, to which cords were then attached and, out of this, the modern racquet was born. Familiarity with tennis and squash can help, but it's by no means the simplest of games. Players whack a ball - made from cork, bound in cloth and covered in felt - about an irregularly-shaped, walled court (no two are the same). It's even harder to understand due to the arcane terminology involved, reflecting the game's lengthy past. A history of exclusivity - it was the preserve of royals and nobles for centuries - means Real Tennis is not widely known or played. In fact, the Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court is one of only 27 courts in the UK. Today, the thriving club has over 500 members and is open every day of the tear - from 7am to 11pm - except Christmas Day. Along with clubs at Radley and the Australian city of Melbourne, the Royal Tennis Court records the highest court usage in the world. One of fewer than 50 Real Tennis courts the world over, Hampton Court is one of the few courts where the public can watch this intriguing, if a little archaic, sport. For more information, please visit www.royaltenniscourt.com.

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Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel London
Brook Kingston Lodge Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel† from £62† 31% off
94 Kingston Hill, KT2 | 2.7 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
This 4 star hotel has 63 elegantly decorated bedrooms with contemporary amenities; many of the rooms have their own balcony facing the landscaped gardens. ...More
Marriott London Twickenham London
Marriott London Twickenham
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel† from £74† 39% off
Twickenham Rugby Stadium, TW2 | 3.6 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
Located in Twickenham, the Marriott London Twickenham is only six miles from London Heathrow airport and 20 minutes away from central London. The 4-star property provides ...More
Richmond Gate Hotel London
Richmond Gate Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel† from £70† 34% off
Richmond Hill, TW10 | 3.7 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
The Richmond Gate hotel is set right next to Richmond Park, London's most spectacular green space, making it a fantastic place to stay, especially in summer. ...More
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Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club London
Wimbledon Racquets & Fitness Club
London > Leisure > Racquet Sports
Cranbrook Road, SW19 | 5.4 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Putney Lawn Tennis Club London
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Putney Lawn Tennis Club
London > Leisure > Racquet Sports
Balmuir Gardens, SW15 | 6.3 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
Head south of the river for an energetic runabout on the courts of Putney. It might not be the world famous All England Club in Wimbledon, ...More
Regent's Park Tennis Centre London
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Regent's Park Tennis Centre
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York Bridge Road, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, Regent's Park, London NW1 | 11.6 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Park Office, White Lodge, The Stockyard, Hampton Court Road, Hampton, TW12 | 21 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
Adjacent to Hampton Court Palace this is London's second largest Royal Park. Just north of the celebrated royal palace at Hampton Court, Bushy Park is the ...More
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Park Office White Lodge The Stockyard, Hampton Court Road, TW12 | 21 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Hampton Court Palace Golf Club London
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Hampton Court Palace Golf Club
London > Leisure > Golf
Hampton Wick, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 | 23 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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London > Events > Kids Events †Dates: 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Apr 2014 - 11am-3.30pm
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 | Same location as Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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London > Events > Tours †Dates: 19th Apr, 20th Apr, 10th May and 11th May 2014
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 | Same location as Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 | Same location as Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Rose Theatre Kingston London
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Rose Theatre Kingston
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24-26 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 | 26 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
The Rose Theatre, Kingston is an 850 seat venue ideally suited to Shakespeare which opened in 2008 in the centre of Kingston Upon Thames. The design ...More
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56 Old London Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 | 34 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr and Robin Williams have all performed at this Kingston club, voted fourth best comedy club by The Guardian. Outside the Box run ...More
Landmark Arts Centre London
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Landmark Arts Centre
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Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 | 36 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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268 Waldegrave Road, TW1 | 2.3 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare London
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Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare
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Hampton Court Road, Hampton, TW12 | 24 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Sandy's London
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56 King Street, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 | 2.9 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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371 Richmond Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 | 3.8 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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William Curley Patissier & Chocolatier
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10 Paved Court, Richmond, TW9 | 4.1 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Jamie's Italian London
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Jamie's Italian
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
19-23 High Street, KT1 | 26 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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4 Jerome Place, Charter Quay, KT1 | 26 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Carluccio's
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Charter Quay, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 | 26 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Don Quijote UK London
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2 Stoneleigh Park Road, Epsom, KT19 | 4.8 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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The Kids Cookery School London
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The Kids Cookery School
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107 Gunnersbury Lane, W3 | 7.4 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Ealing Studios, W5 | 7.4 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Hampton Court Palace, Surry, KT8 | Same location as Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
Set in 60 acres of beautiful gardens, Hampton Court charts the last 500 years of royal history from the time of Henry VIII. Not only that, ...More
Bushy Park & The Longford River London
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Bushy Park & The Longford River
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Park Office, White Lodge, The Stockyard, Hampton Court Road, Hampton, TW12 | 21 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Park Office White Lodge The Stockyard, Hampton Court Road, TW12 | 21 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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White Swan London
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White Swan
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 | 3.1 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
With probably one of the most idyllic settings of any of London's pubs, the White Swan is well worth a visit if you're in this neck ...More
St Margarets Pub & Dining London
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St Margarets Pub & Dining
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
107 St Margarets Road, TW1 | 3.6 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Marney's Village Inn London
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Marney's Village Inn
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Alma Road, Esher, KT10 | 28 minutes from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Tea Box London
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Tea Box
London > Nightlife > Bars
7 Paradise Road, TW9 | 4.1 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Vinoteca Chiswick London
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Vinoteca Chiswick
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
18 Devonshire Road, W4 | 7 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Riverside Studios Bar London
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Riverside Studios Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
Crisp Road, W6 | 7.6 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
West London's excellent riverside cultural centre offers a cinema, West End standard theatre, cafe, and a comfortable bar with outdoor river terrace under one roof. Situated ...More
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Hampton Court Palace London
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Hampton Court Palace
London > Business > Venue Hire
Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Court, KT8 | Same location as Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Ham House & Gardens London
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Ham House & Gardens
London > Business > Venue Hire
Ham Street, Richmond-upon-Thames, TW10 | 2.9 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
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Orleans House Gallery London
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Orleans House Gallery
London > Business > Venue Hire
Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 | 3.1 miles from Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court
Orleans House Gallery is sited in a picturesque woodland garden by the Thames at Twickenham. The gallery hosts†a lively programme of temporary exhibitions while the adjacent ...More

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Glorious Georges
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