Thames Ditton is a delightful Surrey village which can still beast much of its country character and many of its singing birds. Good wine needs no bush and the "Swan" is well known to boating people, and especially anglers. Among its many frequenters none was more fond of this resort than Theodore Hook, but many other disciples of the gentle craft have waxed equally enthusiastic about it, if not equally eloquent. The Inn, which ranks high among riparian hostelries, occupies a snug position in a nook of the stream, and its lawn commands a pretty view of the river and of the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. There are few pleasanter places on a summer evening than Thames Ditton.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896