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Kingston Area Guide

kingston area guide

Kingston Upon Thames is situated around 10 miles southwest of Charing Cross station and is an ancient town where Saxon kings were once crowned.

It is now home to two Royal Parks, Hampton Court Palace and has a busy shopping hub to rival that of Central London.

Although Kingston is a haven for families seeking a peaceful lifestyle, the recent past has proved that it is not just a quaint suburban town. There is now a new influx of young professionals who are falling for the area’s lively cultural scene, riverside pubs and shopping.

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Cardinal Wolsey built Hampton Court in 1520 and in 1603 James I kicked off Kingston’s proud shopping heritage by granting it a license for a Saturday market. To this day evidence of the Tudor heritage can be seen in it’s buildings.In and around Market Place there are several other buildings dating back to the 17th century.

Today, Kingston is a broad mix of architectural styles, including Victorian and Edwardian 1920’s & 1930’s builds.There are entry level flats in the centre to expensive family homes on the Coombe Estate.


  • Eating

Kingston’s High Street runs parallel to the Thames, so many of the restaurants spill out onto the river bank in the summertime. The new development at Riverside Walk also makes the most of the location with some eateries having envious views.

A few of the better establishments are; Al Forno, Terro Mia, Jamie’s Italian Kitchen – Italian. Deea, Roz ana, New Devi – Indian. Cappodocia – Turkish. Monty’s – Nepalese, Cau Kingston – Argentinian.

  • Pubs

There is a fine array of pubs and watering holes in Kingston from traditional ale houses to gastropubs. The Wytch Elm, King’s Tun, The Bishop,The Cocoanut, The Albert, Druid’s Head, The Grey Horse and the Forresters to name but a few.

  • Culture

The 900 seat circular auditorium at the Rose Theatre is styled on Elizabethan playhouses. This picturesque venue puts on excellent productions to even rival the West End. Also if you are up for a laugh then the Crack Comedy Club is well worth a visit.

  • Sport

Kingston is fabulous for sport as there are so many open spaces, if golf is a particular favourite then try Coombe Wood Golf Club and Hampton Court Palace Golf Club. Kingston Rowing Club is ideal for people who prefer water and the Thames Sailing Club is also based in Kingston.


Kingston University is popular for further education and runs several postgraduate and part time courses. It is renowned for it’s art, design and architecture courses.

The area has 35 primary schools including community schools, academies, foundation schools and voluntary aided schools. Kingston is also home to one of England’s oldest schools, Kingston Grammar School, with a history dating back to 1561. Other good options are Tiffin School for boys, which became an academy in 2011, and Tiffin Girls’ School.

Kingston is an excellent place to reside if you are a commuter from London, it really does offer everything from; leisure, good education, a wide housing selection, good transport links, restaurants and sporting activities.

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