OK, so technically we weren’t on the river, but I think that spending a Sunday on an island in the middle of the Thames still counts! The Monkey Island Hotel, is one of Bray’s best kept secrets, and while everyone heads to certain Mr Blumenthal’s ‘Fat Duck’ restaurant, it remains exclusive and peaceful. Accessed only by the footbridge, boat or helicopter (for the super rich), the grounds are roamed by aloof peacocks, which all add to the feeling that you are entering Utopia. If you are feeling particularly flush, you can hire the whole island, and make like Robinson Crusoe (albeit with champagne and fluffy bathrobes!)
Afternoon Tea is served in The Pavilion, which houses an epic chandelier, as well as spectacular views of the river. I ask you, is there really any better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, than eating cake by the river?!
Take a trip there to escape the manic pace of the city, oh and make sure you try the superb toffee cake!
To make a booking contact Monkey Island