Kingston upon Thames, also simply known as Kingston, is located within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in southwest London. It is the second smallest London Borough after the City of London, and one of only four Royal Boroughs in England and Wales.
Some of the capital’s lowest crime rates, coupled with good schooling and reasonable commuting times, have made Kingston a firm favourite with both families and young professionals.
The town centre in Kingston is historic, with an ancient market area filled with eclectic stalls selling fresh vegetables, fruit and fish. The town was first mentioned in the year 838 and has royal connections dating back to Saxon times. Kingston Antiques Market attracts dealers from all over the world, and is also a favourite filming location for the media: programmes hosted here have included Bargain Hunt and The Bill. There are some excellent shops and boutiques on the high street, as well as plenty of choice at the Bentall Centre Shopping Mall and John Lewis. Also on the Bentall site are a cinema, theatre and other leisure facilities.
Kingston has a great selection of restaurants both in the town centre and along the river banks. The Charter Quay development has its own piazza where you’ll find Carluccio’s Italian and Brown’s Bar & Brasserie, both friendly places overlooking the River Thames. For a good pint, try The Boaters Inn, a pub which specialises in real ale and fresh seasonal food, set in a stunningly picturesque spot overlooking the river.
Property in Kingston
Kingston has a good mix of property, from Edwardian mansions to Victorian villas, and 1920s and 1930s housing. The most expensive and sought-after property is located on the Coombe Estate. Recently, new luxury apartments have been built along the banks of the River Thames. Charter Quay, an exclusive, gated development, is one of the most popular. With 239 apartments and five townhouses situated along the river path, it is the most prominent development in the area.
The River Thames at Kingston
There are many activities and attractions to be found along this stretch of the River Thames. Some highlights include:
- The Thames Sailing Club and The Kingston Rowing Club are both based here
- The Rose Theatre, modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’s Bankside
- Enjoy one of the most scenic stretches of the River Thames, with walks, cycle routes and boat trips to nearby Hampton Court and Richmond
Transport in Kingston
- Kingston railway station has services to Waterloo (25 mins)
- Regular bus services including the 57 to Streatham, the 406 to Epsom and the 515 to Guildford
- Easy access to the A3 and the M25
- Riverboats run regularly between Kingston, Hampton Court and Richmond
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