A wander through Old Town Hemel
28 March 2023

Hamilton Apartments is less than ten minutes’ walk from Old Town Hemel, dating back to Henry VIII. Join us on a wander down “the prettiest street in Hertfordshire” as we explore local gems nestled among the quaint, timbre-framed buildings.

Start the day with a Reformer Pilates class at SHAPE by Daisy May.

The 45-minute sessions are designed to help build strength, flexibility, mobility and balance – and there’s a focus on confidence, resilience and joy so your mind is cared for too.

Then head to Hive for an organic coffee. Sip your drink among an array of houseplants (yes, they’re available to buy!) or take your beverage to go in a BPA-free, commercially compostable cup.

Enjoy the Victorian, Georgian and Tudor buildings as you meander down the cobbled High Street. It’s hard to miss the wonderful façade of the Old Town Hall.

Dating back to 1852, it’s now a theatre with a vibrant programme and a mission to promote accessible and inclusive creativity within the community. The Gallery inside shows work by artists from Hertfordshire and the surrounding counties – stop by to see what’s being exhibited.

The charm of Old Town makes shopping a delight, with an abundance of independent shops to explore. A couple of our favourite places include Off The Wall, a treasure trove of eclectic antiques and vintage pieces, and F&R Boutique which showcases unusual homeware and gifts, including items made by local artisans.

It can be hard to decide where to stop for lunch or dinner – there’s plenty of cuisines to choose from.

The Cochin delivers amazing South Indian dishes to transport you to coastal Kerala. Yalla Yalla Lebanese Grill is a relaxed spot for delicious mezze, wraps and mains. Authentic Thai is available at Chiang Mai Cottage, while Saffron offers Indian and Nepalese specialities in a Grade II listed building.

To round off the day, head to one of the local pubs or bars. Old Tom’s Bar Bistro is a popular spot to meet friends or enjoy a carefully crafted cocktail solo, and the mocktails are just as delicious! Organic wines are available at Coffee & Wine along with locally-sourced small plates and charcuterie boards, and regular wine tasting events. Or head to the Olde Kings Arms, a sixteenth-century coaching inn, for a relaxed drink. Apparently Henry VIII was once a patron!