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Temple Island Enclosure
Temple Island Meadows

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  • 71 / 100
    Hospitality Critic
    Review Score

The Temple Island Enclosure boasts exceptional facilities and riverside dining with all-day Champagne on hand as the Regatta rowers cruise down the Thames.

This facility has a great location on Temple Island, situated just moments away from the start line of the Regatta guests can get up close to the day’s action.

A four-course luncheon and traditional afternoon tea with strawberries and cream await, and as an added extra guests can upgrade to the Chinawhite Regatta After-Party for an unforgettable experience.




Rating: High Standard

Plus

  • Attractive Location
  • Views of the Racing at the Start of the Race
  • Riverboat Cruise with Drinks
  • Private Table for 2 Guests or more
  • Racing Commentary
  • Chinawhite After-Party (Optional Extra)

Minus

  • No Access to the Stewards’ Enclosure
  • No Hostess Service

Key Points

Location Temple Island Meadows, at the Start of the Course, Overlooking Temple Island
Side of River Thames Berkshire Station
Catering
  • Morning Coffee on Arrival
  • 4-Course Lunch
  • Traditional Afternoon Tea with Strawberries & Cream
Drinks
  • Champagne, Pimms & Canapes Reception
  • Complimentary Bar Including Champagne
Parking Reserved Car Parking
Price Guide from £289
Price Rating £££

Package Content

Location

Temple Island Meadows, at the Start of the Course, Overlooking Temple Island

Viewing

Riverside Views

Car Parking

Reserved Car Parking

Private Table/Facility Size

  • Private Tables (2 Guests or More)
  • Private Chalets (30 Guests or More)

Reception Catering

Morning Coffee on Arrival

Reception Drink

Champagne, Pimms & Canapes Reception

Bar Inclusions

Complimentary Bar Including Champagne

Main Meal

4-Course Lunch

Additional Catering

Traditional Afternoon Tea with Strawberries & Cream

Audio Visual

TV Coverage

Programme

Henley Royal Regatta Programme

Riverboat Cruise

Optional River Cruise, with Pimms, Bucks Fizz & Soft Drinks

Extra Inclusions

  • Riverside Jazz Band
  • Live Rowing Commentary
  • Chinawhite Regatta After-Party Upgrade on Friday & Saturday

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Temple Island Enclosure Hospitality Critic Review

Introduction

Temple Island Enclosure is the long-established hospitality facility that is situated along the Berkshire bank of the River Thames, at the start of the Regatta course (facing the small island, eyot, of Temple Island with its iconic 18th-century temple folly). The land is owned and administered by the Copas Partnership, which has a long association with Henley going back to the turn of the 20th century. There are several hospitality villages on this stretch of the river, the Temple Island Enclosure was the first and occupies the best position. Although this is an unofficial hospitality village it is of much less important than other events as Henley does not require admission tickets, and the facility can be judged solely on the standard of its hospitality.

Location

The village is located on the Temple Island Meadows, which are beautifully maintained meadows located on one of the most picturesque stretches of the River Thames, at the start of the Regatta Course. This Berkshire Bank location is on the same side of the river as the Stewards’ Enclosure (which is a mile upriver at the end of the course). Temple Island Enclosure celebrates 30-years of operation in 2021. (Please note that a public footpath runs along the riverbank so your view may be slightly obscured by passing pedestrians).

Facility/Décor

This is an attractive hospitality village with nicely decorated marquees, pretty lawned gardens defined with white picket fencing. The communal garden area is a relaxed environment with high-quality wooden garden furniture and outdoor lounge furniture, and a bandstand.

Private Tables

Private tables are available for as few as 2 guests in the restaurant facility. Private company hospitality chalets (with private gardens) are available for 30 guests or more.

Admission

An admission badge to the Temple Island Enclosure is included, however, generally there are no tickets required to watch the Regatta. The facility does not include admission into the Stewards’ Enclosure; however, it is situated at the other end of the course anyway.

Catering

Catering is a key element of your day at Henley and after morning coffee and biscuits you can look forward to a 4-course plated luncheon. Later in the day, you can enjoy Afternoon Tea served with Strawberries & Cream.

 

Guests enjoying hospitality

Drinks

There is a full complimentary bar throughout the day that includes Champagne & Pimms, wines, beers, port & brandy, and soft drinks.

Riverboat Cruise

A riverboat Cruise is included, which runs throughout the day, you will be allocated a specific time for you and your guests. This is a popular addition to the day. The cruise lasts for 1½ hours and includes Pimms, Bucks Fizz and soft drinks on board.

Service

Service is left to the waiting-staff, there is not a hostess service.

Entertainment

A Jazz band plays on the bandstand during the morning and again during the afternoon after lunch. A nice touch is the addition of race commentary, which is played in the marquees.

Audio-Visual

There are a few TV monitors which enable you to keep a track on other sporting events taking place, notably Wimbledon.

Car Parking

Reserved car parking is available close to the hospitality facility.

Extras

An official souvenir Henley Royal Regatta Racing Programme is included (1 per 2 guests).

Chinawhite

Chinawhite, the exclusive nightclub for Members only, in Belgravia & Manchester, bring their glamorous DJ sets to Henley on Friday & Saturday evenings, situated in a glamorous area of the Temple Island Enclosure. This after-party is available as an optional extra, subject to availability.

Ratings Understand our scoring
71 / 100
Location
Catering
Admission
Drinks
Facility
Riverboat Cruise
Service
Entertainment
Car Parking
Audio-Visual
Extras
Total 71/100
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Dress Code

The Stewards’ Enclosure requires gentlemen to wear lounge suits, or jackets/blazers with flannels and a tie or cravat, ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts with a hemline below the knee. Outside of the enclosure, the atmosphere is less formal though most dress up, wearing club blazers and other rowing apparel.

Getting There

Please allow extra time to enter car parks near the Regatta due to security measures and the one-way system in place during the Regatta which is indicated by signs. The main taxi drop point during the Regatta is on the main road, just a short walk from the enclosures.

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