By
Kristina Carlson

 Favorite Links
Town of New London Web Site
New London Market on the Green
The Gnus of Gnu LondonNew London Gnu

The perfect New England small town would have a Main Street lined by historic inns, stunning mountain views, peaceful lakes reflecting cottage-dotted shores and a traditional hill-top college campus, graced by majestic Oak trees. Just over 8 miles Northeast of Sunapee, New London is that jewel – a perfect destination for recreation, dining, shopping and sightseeing.

People visit New London year-round to enjoy recreation in a beautiful setting. Village Sports has all the equipment you’ll need to have fun! Purchase or rent bicycles, kayaks, snowshoes and ice skates.

Come summertime, one can enjoy swimming or canoeing around beautiful Pleasant Lake. Enjoy a round of golf along the shores of Little Lake Sunapee. Relax outdoors with a new novel. Morgan Hill Bookstore carries a wide array of reading selections. Seeking adventure? Take a springy walk around the Philbrick-Cricenti Bog and see the unusual vegetative species indicative of a kettle hole bog system.

In the winter season, children love to skate on the Bob Andrews Memorial Ice Rink, conveniently located in between the town offices and the New London Inn. There is even a warming hut built by the Cub Scouts where skaters can rest.

New London Winter Carnival
from Great Island Photography

While you’re in town, visit the New London Historical Society and get a glimpse of what life was like in the 19th century. The village depicts rural New England life. Visitors can take a guided tour of the carriage and sleigh museums and then walk around various buildings including an herb garden, a school house, a blacksmith shop, a violin-making shop, a fire house, and several more!
If motors get your engine revving, be sure to stop by the William F. Kidder Ice House, where you will find an extensive collection of antique cars and New London memorabilia on display. Admission is free!

New London Barn Playhouse
New London Barn Playhouse

Art and culture are thriving in New London. Escape from reality TV by taking in a live performance at the cherished New London Barn Playhouse. The summer stock theatre has been staging plays and musicals since 1933, and features notable alumni including actor Taye Diggs, famed composer Steven Schwartz, and Emmy Award winner Phillip Rosenthal.

On Fridays, catch a free concert at the town bandstand and then catch some fireflies with your kids on Sargent Common. Enjoy mingling with others over a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres? Attend an art opening up at Colby-Sawyer College’s Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery. Each academic year, the college hosts seven major exhibitions and related public events. Admission is free and events are open to the public.

If attending the exhibit inspires the artist within, Back Room Art Supplies has all of the materials you’ll ever need to create your own body of work. They even provide custom framing services to preserve your art for generations to enjoy. Those who prefer textiles can find the finest yarns, patterns and supplies at Knit New London.

Vessels & Jewels carries a wide array of beads and beading components. Draw inspiration from the gallery there featuring artists from New Hampshire, New England, and across the United States.

Shoppers will delight in the wide array of stores that New London has to offer. Art of Nature showcases interesting art pieces built from nature. The shop is filled with the natural raw materials and is sure to inspire all who enter!

Artisans Workshop has an eclectic mix of items, many featuring local NH artists. Just look for the brightly painted Adirondack chairs. Boutique shops Serendipity and OMG are a feast for the eyes and fun for everyone! CB Coburn brings new meaning to “a kid in a candy shop.” Not only does it have a fun candy selection and balloons, it also features specialty foods from NH and kitchen items that will please adults.

Gourmet Garden specializes in regional products packaged with country flare. Shoppers seeking garments will be pleased with the fine selections available at LisAnn’s and Hubert’s. LisAnn’s specializes in lingerie, sleepwear, warm wear, hosiery and women’s essentials. Kids lost a glove or hat? Wish you had packed that fleece vest after all? No problem! Hubert’s Family Outfitters carries items for the whole family, including popular brands like Carhartt, Columbia, Patagonia, Clarks, Burton, Healthtex, and more.

Visitors to the area will be impressed that despite New London’s cozy, small town feel, there are many wonderful restaurant choices. Discerning diners will delight in the delicious entrees at The Millstone, the tasty creations at Graze, the fresh, homemade fare and warm pub atmosphere at Peter Christian’s Tavern, and the wide selection of microbrews available at The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille.
Looking for a casual dining experience? MacKenna’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and cooks family favorites. Pizza Chef has been serving up delicious pizza and subs for more than 25 years. Those seeking a more elegant ambiance can dine at one of the many local inns – The Coach House Restaurant at The New London Inn, or The Inn at Pleasant Lake. All of the Inns serve creative cuisine with style and excellence. Reservations recommended!

New London is a fun, year-round destination for everyone. It’s beautiful and inviting in all seasons. Come visit soon, and begin building your own special memories of this charming town.
For more information about events in New London see our Events Calendar page.

New London Restaurants

Cataleya’s Caribbean Bar & Grill
Caribbean and Venezulan-style food ranging from traditional Jerk-seasoned chicken over coconut ride to a black bean risotto, to an eclectic pizza menu which will truly make your tastebuds dance.
420 Main Street, New London
Call (603) 526-6600
Cataleya's Caribbean Bar & Grill
The Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn
Some of the freshest haute cuisine in New England. Reservations Recommended
353 Main Street, New London
Serving dinner Tuesday – Saturday, 5:30pm – 9:00pm
(603) 526-2791

Couch House Restaurant

The Millstone at 74 Main
American cuisine with European flair.
Flavorful, creative dining with an extensive wine selection. Wine tasting on most Friday evenings.
74 Newport Road, New London
603-526-4201
The Millstone at 74 Main
Traditions Restaurant at Lake Sunapee Country Club
Exceptional cuisine that draws diners from all over the area. A beautiful country setting with lovely gardens and sweeping fairway views of Mt. Kearsarge.
Lake Sunapee Country Club
100 Country Club Lane
603-526-0260
Traditions Restaurant
Arctic Dreams Ice Cream
394 Main Street – across from the bandstand
Open 363 days
New London, NH, 03257
603-526-9477
Mon – Thurs: 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
Artic Dreams Ice Cream
China City
Szechwan, Cantonese, Polynesian, Lunch & Dinner
Specials, Dine-In Or Carry-Out.
276 Newport Rd. New London
603-526-2868
China City
The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
Great food, atmosphere, entertainment, and an amazing view of Mt. Kearsarge.
155 Route 11 (Crocket’s Corner), New London
603-526-6899
Flying Goose
Hole in the Fence Café
Serves a variety of (gluten-friendly) pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, and a vast array of specialty coffee drinks. They also host a rotating exhibit of local art.
402 Main St, New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-6600
Hole in the Fence Café
Inn at Pleasant Lake
Reservations are required for this exquisite five-course dinner. Open Wednesday through Sunday, this award-winning restaurant and head chef, Brian McKenzie, welcomes guests with a cocktail reception at 6:15, and then dinner starting at 7 pm. The set dinner price is $58 per person, not including beverages and gratuities.
853 Pleasant St, New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-6271
Inn at Pleasant Lake
MacKenna’s
This staple of the town now serves breakfast all day! Classic diner food and ice cream bar.
293 Newport Rd, New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-9511
MacKenna’s
Peter Christian’s Tavern
A varied menu that includes a wide selection of soups, hearty beef stew, fluffy quiches, unique sandwiches, and many vegetarian specialties,
186 Main St. New London. Will be closing in March 2017.
603-526-4042
Peter Chrisian's Tavern
Pizza Chef
The New London branch of this local chain serves pizza, sandwiches, and salads, but allows the ice cream store, Arctic Dream’s, next door to handle dessert.
394 Main St, New London, NH 03257
(603) 526-9201
Pizza Chef, New London, NH
Tucker’s
This new extension of the Hooksett restaurant has fast been becoming one of the most popular places in town. They serve breakfast until 11 am (and til two on Sundays) and lunch until 2 pm. Gluten friendly.
207 Main St, New London, NH 03257
Tuckers restaurant

New London Shopping

Art of Nature
gifts – flowers
The unique botanical design studio and store of Mauli McDonald.
256 Main St. New London
603-526-2638
Art of Nature
ARTISAN’S
Jewelry, Unique Gifts, Apparel, Shoes & Accessories
Handcrafts of local and nationally renowned artists.
11 Pleasant St. New London
603-526-4227
Artisan's
Gourmet Garden – Gifts of Great Taste
We are a company based in New London, NH which specializes in local and regional products from independent minded people who have great foods and gifts for you to enjoy.
353 Main Street, in The New London Inn
P.O.Box 1646, New London, NH 03257
603 848-1567 or 603 526-6656
Gourmet Garden
Lis Ann’s
Gifts
lingerie, books, music, sleepwear, jewelry, accessories, hosiery and bath & body products.
420 Main Street, New London
603-526-9414, 800-526-3830
Lis Ann's
Morgan Hill Bookstore
They carry a wide variety of books and videotapes and specialize in autographed copies of Tomie dePaola’s books.
253 Main St. New London
603-526-5850
Morgan Hill Bookstore
Serendipity Boutique
An eclectic mix of relaxed and dress clothing, a colorful variety of accessories, leather bags and wallets, and a myriad of unusual gifts and cards.
New London Shopping Center
603-526-4475
Serendipity Boutique
Village Sports
Selling and renting gear for kayaking, fishing, bicycling, ice skating, snow shoeing, kayak racks & trailers.
394 Main Street P.O. Box 143
New London, N.H. 03257
(603) 526-4948
Village Sports