The Relais Henley-on-Thames


The inn’s historic role at the centre of life in Henley-on-Thames is written into our ancient timber and stone.


In the 1530s we housed the craftsmen who built St Mary’s Church.

King Charles I

Later hosting King Charles I and the First Duke of Marlborough.


1732 is the first recorded date that the hotel was known as a hotel ‘The Red Lion’.

Georgian times

The brick façade was added in Georgian times.

Royal Coat of Arms

King Charles I’s Royal Coat of Arms is preserved over the fireplace in room 108.

Room 109

The Red Lion, room 109 was also the regular resting place of the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

Today the hotel preserves its heritage with great pride and welcomes you to explore this deep history with us.

Activities in Henley

People drinking bottle of English Rose Wine

Win a Deluxe Tour & Tasting for Two

In celebration of our summer terrace with Chapel Down, we’re offering a lucky winner the chance to discover their home with a Deluxe Tour & Tasting Package for 2 at their founding winery in Tenterden,…

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Jazz at the Relais

Live Jazz at the Relais

Sunday 23 June noon – 3pm – Lawrie Wright Trio Lawrie is a skilled multi-instrumentalist, featuring here on piano, but probably with the occasional vocal number. His performances captivate listeners with soulful rhythms, showcasing his…

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Rowing competition

The Henley-On-Thames Royal Regatta

1st – 7th July 2024 Experience an amazing party vibe in our courtyard, indulge in hand-picked bars and food stalls. PLUS you could be the lucky winner of a £100 voucher, follow us on Instagram…

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