Henley (Red Lion; Angel; Royal; Catherine Wheel; White Hart), the ‘Mecca’ of boating men, and also much frequented by anglers, is a well-built town of 4600 inhab., surrounded with wooded heights. The famous regatta, which attracts many thousands of visitors from London, usually takes place about the beginning of July.
It was on a window at the ‘Red Lion’ that Shenstone wrote his famous lines:
’Who’er has travelled life’s dull round,
Where’er his stages may have been,
May sigh to think he still has found
The warmest welcome at an inn’.