Things to do in the area
Sandown Park Racecourse is in the perfect location for racegoers to make the most of South West London and the beautiful scenery of Surrey. The capital city is just a short train ride from Esher station, next to Sandown Park Racecourse, with an almost endless variety of culture, history, nightlife and shopping to suit any taste and budget. Alternatively, get away from it all and explore the beautiful countryside of Surrey Hills or visit the surrounding picturesque Esher area.
What to do in London
Heading into London after the races? Make the most of your evening in the capital.
Have a night out like no other
Some of the world’s best cocktail bars and nightclubs can be found in London. From the alternative underground venues in SoHo to the upmarket glitzy cocktail bars overlooking the Thames. Put your race day outfit to good use and continue the party with a night out in London. The city has an array of buzzing nightclubs, talented musicians, dance classes and even the chance to mix your own cocktails.
Dine out in style
London is an exciting mix of cultures, meaning you’ll find cuisines and dishes from across the globe. Sample traditional handmade Italian pasta’s, Mexican-fusion dishes inspired by the latest foodie trends, steaming bowls of Vietnamese pho, hearty pub grub and luxurious tasting menus! Whatever your favourite cuisine, London’s restaurants won’t let you down.
Be entertained at a West End theatre show
London’s West End features some of the finest theatrical performances in the world. See Matilda, The Lion King and Harry Potter brought to life on stage or catch a touring production as it passes through the capital. The sheer variety of musicals, comedies, classical theatre and dance on offer is memorising. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can be certain it will be a show-stopper.
What to do in Surrey
Staying in Surrey for a few days around the races? There is so much to do in this beautiful part of the country.
Head to the hills
Surrey Hills is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with beautiful rolling hills, ancient woodlands, historic landmarks and enchanting market towns. Why not visit the impressive stately home at Gatton Park, surrounded by 600 acres of historic parkland? Or discover the fantastical beauty of Tillingbourne Waterfall, tucked away on the Wotton Estate? Or take the Deepdene Trail which winds through dramatic castle ruins and the restored Deepdene Gardens? There is history, nature and beauty in every corner of Surrey Hills.
Go to the movies
If you’re wondering what to do in Esher after the races, you’ll find Everyman Esher on the doorstep of Sandown Park Racecourse. A high-end cinema with luxurious comfy sofas and excellent range of drinks and food on offer. You can even get pizza delivered to your seats during the film screening! Catch all the latest blockbusters, as well as lesser-known international and independent films in stunning surroundings.
Hampton Court Palace
Famed as the seat of Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace is a key historical palace with a unique past. Today it is a hugely popular destination for lovers of period architecture and history, as the expansive house and gardens are testament to the Tudor and Baroque style.
The palace tells the story of Henry VIII, his many wives, their children and the daily lives of their many serving staff. Explore the house and marvel at lavish furnishings, decorations and artefacts, get lost in the hedge maze, or take part in the many seasonal and daily activities and entertainments.