With stunning views of Hampton Court Palace on one side and Bushy Park on the other, The Kings Arms is surrounded by British history. Though it may not quite rival the magnificence of Hampton Court itself - the Grade I palace built in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey, then handed over to Henry VIII some years later - but The Kings Arms Hotel boasts its own unique history. The hotel started life in 1709 as a coaching inn called the Queen's Head, but by 1772 it had been renamed The Kings Arms after King George III.
Today The Kings Arms is a charming boutique hotel with a range of unique Georgian rooms and a superb modern British restaurant attached - The Six Restaurant. The Six serves an eclectic mix of modern British and European cuisine, but there is definite homage paid to classic, old-fashioned British cooking, inspired no doubt by the historic setting. The menu features an array of sharing platters - artisan English charcuterie and cured fish, for example - followed by a compact list of seasonal starters, mains and desserts. Try the pressed pigeon and foie gras with mulled plum chutney and pickled mushrooms, or keep it simple and plump for a proper plate of fish and chips.
There are a few different private dining areas available at The Kings Arms, depending on the size of your group and what sort of event you're planning. The main private dining room seats 10, and is fully catered by the kitchen team who can lay on a personalised food and drink menu to suit any occasion. There's also a cosy, armchair-laden lounge -complete with a roaring wood burner in the winter - which is available for more informal affairs, where staff can discreetly serve up canapes and nibbles.