Eel Pie Island, Twickenham

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Eel Pie Island is an island in the River Thames at Twickenham in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames, London. It is situated on the Tideway and can be reached only by footbridge or boat. The island was known as a major jazz and blues venue in the 1960s.
The name comes from the eel pies which were served by the hotel on the island in the 19th century. Eel Pie Island was earlier called Twickenham Ait and, before that, The Parish Ait; even earlier the island was three separate aits.
A bridge to the island was proposed in 1889, but it was not until 1957 that one was completed. Today, the island has about 50 houses with 120 inhabitants, a couple of boatyards and some small businesses and artists' studios. It has nature reserves at either end, but there is no public access to these.
The island is privately owned and the public can only access the main pathway from the bridge, passing all the doors and gates of the houses and businesses on the island. On a few weekends a year, usually in June and December and dubbed "Artists' Open Studios", the public are invited to visit the collection of art studios, known as Eel Pie Island Art Studios.
The Eel Pie Studios or Oceanic Studios at The Boathouse on the mainland nearby, formerly owned by Pete Townshend, were the location of several significant pop and rock recordings. Townshend's publishing company, Eel Pie Publishing, is also named after the ait.
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  • Not a lot going on but a nice walk over the bridge to get access to this "private" island - good place to take photos from as plenty of activity on the river.  more »
  • We cross the bridge, walked down the road, and viewed the different homes in the island. Many of them belonged to artist who had their studios open for people to visit and buy their art. At the end of...  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Plenty of space and it is not crowded like other parks in central London. There is a small street with nice shops and restaurants very close. Perfect for a day out.
  • Beautiful little island on the Thames, accessible by footbridge from N. Bank in Twickenham. Inhabited by ageing hippies (who bought when it was cheap) and rich people.Famous for being the place where the Rolling Stones first performed at the old Pub - since burnt down. See pics below.😎
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