Entertainment around Henley

Henley is blessed with no fewer than twenty-four pubs (we counted). Such a profusion of drinking establishments means that if you don't like the first one you visit, the chances are there will be another just around the corner. Henley also has a brewery, Brakspear's, and most pubs serve their ales. If you want a change of beer, The Horse and Groom (nicknamed The House of Gloom) is a Courage house and is handily located opposite the theatre for a post-performance pint of Director's. The Three Tuns is popular, as are The Little White Hart (down by the river), The Bull and The Two Brewers (just over the bridge so officially not in Henley).

Licensed premises in the UK are legally allowed to sell alcohol from 11:00 to 23:00 with an additional 20mins 'drinking-up time' during which you may finish your drinks. However, some bars and most clubs have a late licence which enables them to open (and serve alcohol) for longer periods. Beware that drinking in public is illegal in some areas and a successful prosecution may result in a large fine.

The Jazz Café has an excellent reputation for the quality of its music, live bands and atmosphere. On the other hand, 'Stallones' nightclub, should be condemned. As dedicated athletes, however, most rowers will be tucked up in bed long before the lights come onŠ

Henley may have a considerable number of drinking establishments, but it also boasts many places of interest. The town is worth a visit for the River and Rowing Museum alone (1999 Museum of the Year). This is not only for the award-winning building and special Olympics exhibits this year, but also for the excellent exhibits, the well-stocked gift-shop and the dangerously tempting café. In addition, there are a number of historical buildings (Basildon Park, Fawley Court, Greys Court and Mapledurham House which take you from the periods of Henry VIII to George V, with a stop at Elizabeth I on the way), while further afield Pendon Museum (Clifton Hampden) takes you back to the nineteen-twenties in miniature and Beale Park offers a chance to meet some real wildlife.

The Kenton Theatre has a busy programme, and is well worth a visit, either as a member of the audience or simply to admire the building. The Regal Cinema shows the latest blockbusters and is a good (alcohol-free!) way of unwinding after a hard day's training. Alternatively, learn the history of the teddy bear at Asquith's Teddy Bear Shop (2-4 New Street) which if nothing else is a nostalgic trip back to your childhood.

For the artistically minded, there a number of galleries displaying (and selling) paintings of many descriptions. The Bohun Gallery (15 Reading Road) offers contemporary British art, whilst Henley Gallery (19 Hart Street) has reproduction 18th/19th century oils. If you like sculpture, Century Galleries (Riverside) and the Appealing Surrounds Gallery (24 Hart Street) may have something for you.

And this is just the start - if you have the time, the Tourist Information Office at the Town Hall (+44 (0) 1491 578034) can tell you all you need to know about the attractions on offer, or alternatively check out the internet links below.

Also, don't forget the West End! London may be a little too far away for a quick drink, but if you wish to make a day (or night) of it, check out our London section for a few ideas.