Maidenhead might not leap out at you from a map of England, but delve into the history and culture of the region and you’ll soon fall in love with its charm. The Berkshire town 30-miles west of London is a Michelin-star hot spot, home to some of the UK’s best restaurants including several from Heston Blumenthal and the Roux family just a few miles from our hotels in Maidenhead. It’s also nestled near the winding banks of the River Thames, providing dozens of water sports, lazy walks and river-side beer gardens perfect for sunny summer days. There’s plenty to do and see, too, including Legoland, Windsor Great Park, exotic zoos, home-grown art and culture centres and the fascinating Maidenhead Heritage centre including its thrilling Spitfire flight simulator. Add in a cracking bar, pub and club scene and dozens of first-class cafes and restaurants – without the Michelin star price hike – and you’ll soon be able to pinpoint Maidenhead on a map as one of your favourite UK destinations.
Things to do in Maidenhead
Places to eat
With nearly a dozen Michelin stars, it’s fair to say that Maidenhead has one of the best restaurant scenes in the UK. There’s much more to Maidenhead than just fine-dining, however, as our guide uncovers brilliant cafés, fish and chip shops and a brilliant Polish bistro.
You know the nightlife in Maidenhead is going to be good when it includes Heston Blumenthal gastropubs and Roux family brasseries alongside cocktail bars, bustling nightclubs and some stunning beer gardens overlooking the River Thames. Our guide rounds up the best spots to visit during your stay.
With nearly 50 outlets covering fashion, food and drink, outdoor and camping equipment, jewellery and more, Nicholsons Shopping Centre is the primary mall in Maidenhead. The large shopping centre is in the heart of the town, a short walk from our Maidenhead Town Centre hotel and the ODEON Luxe cinema complex.
The other main shopping experience is Maidenhead Market which runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the High Street with over 25 stalls to choose from, plus a farmers’ market which runs once a month. As you’d expect, the stalls have a wide range of local produce ranging from artisan bread to local cheese, plus fresh shellfish, vegetables and meat.
The large Berkshire town of Maidenhead is located 30-miles west of London and borders the River Thames. The compact town-centre is easily walkable from our Maidenhead Town Centre hotel and includes the Nicholson Shopping Centre, the Odeon complex, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre and the town’s High Street.
If you’re coming by train, Maidenhead Train Station is a five-minute walk from the town centre and runs regular services to Reading, London Paddington, Marlow and Didcot. There are five platforms in total plus a café, newsagents, toilets, ticket office and automated machines.
If you’re flying into the region, Heathrow is the nearest major airport. The 15-mile journey should take around 20-minutes by car or taxi or just over 50-minutes via train, including one transfer. If you wish, you can break up your trip by staying a night at one of our hotels near Heathrow Airport.