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  • Overall Rating 8 /10
  • Value for Money 5 /10
Back to Henley Royal Regatta

Temple Island
Official Hospitality – Temple Island

  • 8 / 10
    Hospitality Critic
    Overall Rating
  • 5 / 10
    Hospitality Critic
    Value for Money

Package Overview

The Temple is a beautifully restored hospitality space on Temple Island which provides a sumptuous and exclusive environment to entertain your guests.

Temple Island can only be booked exclusively and is located at the start of the famous Henley Royal Regatta Course and boasts a full day of entertainment and wonderful dining.

Alongside the bespoke menu guests will be able to enjoy private cruises on the River Thames, complimentary bar including Champagne and have the option to upgrade access to the Stewards’ Enclosure.

  • Private & Exclusive Idyllic Facility
  • Great Viewing of the Start of the Race
  • Bespoke Luncheon Menu
  • Private Boats Available All Day
  • Stewards’ Enclosure Upgrade Available
  • Car Parking Requires a Boat Journey to Access
  • No Entertainment

Key Points

Location A Picturesque Island on the River Thames, at the Start of the Course
Side of River Thames On the River Thames Itself
Capacity 40 Guests
  • Coffee & Biscuits on Arrival
  • 5-Course Lunch complemented by Cellar Master's Selected Wines
  • Full Afternoon Tea
  • Moet & Chandon Champagne Reception with Canapés
  • Complimentary Bar - Includes Champagne (Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks)
Parking 1 per 2 Guests (Fawley Meadows)
Price Guide from £495 (Stewards Upgrade from £50)
Price Rating £££££

Package Content


A Picturesque Island on the River Thames, at the Start of the Course


Elevated Views of the Start Line

Car Parking

1 per 2 Guests (Fawley Meadows)

Private Table/Facility Size

  • Private Facility (30-40 Guests)
  • Additional Marquee (Up to 120 Guests)

Reception Catering

Coffee & Biscuits on Arrival

Reception Drink

Champagne & Pimm's Reception

Bar Inclusions

  • Complimentary Bar
  • Champagne, Beers, Wines, Spirits & Soft Drinks

Main Meal

Complete Bespoke Menu

Additional Catering

Full Afternoon Tea


Henley Royal Regatta Programme

Riverboat Cruise

Two Beautifully Restored Launches for Private Use throughout the Day

Hostess Service

Dedicated Contact to Help Create Bespoke Elements

Extra Inclusions

  • Entrance to Fawley Meadows Official Hospitality Village
  • Private Boat Transfer from Fawley Meadows to Temple Island
  • Option to Upgrade to Stewards' Enclosure

Our in-depth article will tell you everything you need to know.


Temple Island Hospitality Critic Review


The iconic Temple Island marks the starting point of the Henley Royal Regatta. This beautiful tiny island sits a mile and a half downstream of the picturesque market town of Henley-on-Thames, on one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames. The island includes an elegant ornamental temple (a folly) designed by the 18th-century English architect James Wyatt and constructed in 1771. The Temple has been exquisitely restored to provide a sumptuous and exclusive environment in which to entertain your guests. This facility can only be booked exclusively and has a capacity of 40 guests. This is an official hospitality package. This is an Official Henley Regatta hospitality facility.


Temple Island sits between the Buckinghamshire and Berkshire banks of the river. Views from the island offer uninterrupted views of the start of the race and upriver, giving lovely vistas of the hustle and bustle along the riverbanks.


The Temple’s striking Etruscan Room provides the setting for lunch, and the room commands magnificent views of the Regatta course and the surrounding countryside. The frescos in the room, now beautifully restored, were based on designs that had just been discovered at Pompeii around the time the Temple was built in 1771. This is the first example in England of the form of ornamentation which came to be known as the Etruscan Style. There is also garden furniture on the island lawns.

Private Tables

There are four round tables in the Etruscan Room, each seating 10 guests, to give the exclusive capacity of 40 guests.


Table setting within Temple Island


There are no admission tickets required to watch the Henley Royal Regatta, however, most vantage points along the river have been taken over by hospitality pavilions and the ticketed Regatta Enclosure (downstream from the Stewards). The key exception to this is the Stewards’ Enclosure itself (equivalent to Ascot’s Royal Enclosure), which sits opposite the regatta Finish Line, where tickets are usually only available for Members and their guests (there is over a 5-year waiting list to become a Member). However, the Temple Island package includes the option to purchase Stewards’ Enclosure admission as an upgrade of £50 pp plus vat.


A special bespoke menu will be created for your requirements from an à la carte selection in advance of the event. Canapés will be served prior to lunch followed by a Full Afternoon Tea later in the day.


There is a full complimentary bar throughout the day that includes Champagne, wines, beers, selected spirits, and soft drinks.

Riverboat Cruise

Two beautifully restored launches will be at your disposal throughout the day for private cruises along the length of the regatta course, and to visit the Stewards’ Enclosure for those that have upgraded.


Service is left to the waiting staff, there is not a hostess service, however, the caterers allocate some of their best staff to this facility to ensure a high service level is maintained.



Car Parking

There is reserved parking allocated at the Fawley Meadows Hospitality Village, however, a private boat is on hand to transfer guests to Temple Island.


Each guest receives an official souvenir Henley Royal Regatta Racing Programme.

Dress Code (Stewards’ Enclosure)

There is no formal dress code, except in the Stewards’ Enclosure, where gentlemen are required to wear lounge suits, or jackets/blazers with flannels, together with a tie or cravat. Ladies are required to wear dresses or skirts, with a hemline below the knee.

Ratings Understand our scoring
81 / 100
Riverboat Cruise
Car Parking
Total 81/100
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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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