This riverside location just 12 miles from the centre of London, is a charming suburb with a market town history. A popular commuter destination, visitors to the area can enjoy a real London lifestyle. Kingston Upon Thames is one of four Royal Boroughs in England and Wales and is the second smallest borough in London, besides the square mile City of London itself.
Despite its relatively small size, Kingston Upon Thames offers an incredible shopping scene: a welcome alternative to the Oxford Street and Bond Street shops, attracting shoppers on the hunt for a bargain. Kingston shopping centre is one of the UK’s largest retail centres offering a mix of independent boutiques and well-loved high street names.
There’s plenty to keep you entertained in the borough, with an exciting entertainment complex, riverside theatre, popular comedy club and a range of award winning restaurants.
The Rotunda, located a stone’s throw away from Kingston train station, is a great place to enjoy a game of Ten Pin Bowling, watch the latest Hollywood flick at the 14 screen Odeon cinema, or enjoy a good work out at the Health and Fitness Centre.
The Rose Theatre, modelled on the Elizabethan Rose Theatre further up the River in central London, seats 900 people and hosts a variety of theatrical performances throughout the year.
Kingston Upon Thames offers a number of notable restaurants, including the famous Jamie’s Italian, from celebrity chef, Jaime Oliver. Offering a homely, rustic feel and authentic Italian dishes, and opposite the Rose Theatre, this is the perfect place to enjoy a pre-(or post) theatre meal. The area also boasts a varied culinary offering with popular world cuisine, quirky characterful pubs and Britain’s best vegetarian restaurant – Riverside Vegetaria.
With close proximity to some of London’s most stunning parks including Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace, Kingston is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the centre and indulge in riverside strolls and lazy days in the park. Richmond Park, the largest of all the Royal Parks, is home to 600 deer – an enchanting site in amongst the greenery.