The riverside on your doorstep, ample things to do, and a host of handy transport connections – it’s no wonder people are setting up home in Kingston upon Thames.
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You won’t be short of activities in Kingston Upon Thames – particularly along the Thames itself, with its wide range of pubs. A stand out is The Bishop, which has a breathtaking view of Kingston Bridge and serves a classic Sunday roast dinner. One a little further out is The Black Horse – it’s remained a firm favourite since its inception back in 1893. In the summertime, you’ll find the beer garden filled with people enjoying a drink – plus the cuisine is equally impressive.
Food in this area is not only delicious but incredibly varied – from New Orleans-inspired Poor Boys, to the taste of India at Doosra, which was awarded the TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence 2019 Winner’. For a quick bite to eat or drink, the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs is the place. It’s as prestigious as it sounds, with quality blends applauded by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA).
If you fancy a little slice of culture, then head to the Rose Theatre. The largest producing theatre in South West London, it hosts its very own productions as well as those from other theatre companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company. And for something for the kids, Chessington World of Adventures is located in Kingston – summer days out are sorted!
You don’t have to travel to central London to get to your favourite stores and brands. And, don’t worry if you work late as there are later opening hours on Thursday.
Residents venture to the Bentall Centre, which encompasses 75 stores. For fashion, pick up designer pieces at the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Hollister and Calvin Klein. Plus, there’s your other well-known names here – from Apple to Boots.
The Ancient Market is just as popular, trading fresh produce every single day. There’s also a specific Monday Market boasting even more items. You can get vintage jewellery, along with glorious smelling flowers and bread. And if you need to do a bigger shop, there are large superstores like Asda and Sainsbury’s close by.
As for green space, Kingston upon Thames is overflowing with it. The Hogsmill Walk is incredibly popular – stroll along the Hogsmill Valley to Tolworth Court Farm for scenes of nature. If you’re looking for a mixture of greenery and fun, then Beverley Park is ideal, hosting a playground for the kids, plus facilities to play tennis, football and cricket.
Motspur Park is another fantastic green space. And you might have already heard of it – it’s a Fulham football training ground, and there was also a BBC sports ground in one of its playing fields. There are other playing fields here, as well as other stunning greenery to set your eyes upon. On top of this, there is a plan to make the borough even greener with their ‘Green spaces strategy 2015 to 2021’.
There are plenty of public transport links nearby but if you want to get out in the open, there are plenty of cycling paths along the likes of the Riverside and nearby Richmond Park. You’ll find a number of traffic-free routes so you can explore the borough in peace.
You’ll most likely have a train station near your home – there are a total of 11 in the borough. Hop on at any of the following:
- Chessington North
- Chessington South
- Malden Manor
- Motspur Park
- New Malden
- Worcester Park
There are plenty of buses too, and if you need to go further afield via the London underground, the nearest tube station is Waterloo. Depending on where you live and your mode of transport, you could be there in under 45 minutes. Once at Waterloo, you’re then connected to the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and of course Waterloo & City lines. This means you can be in the city in absolutely no time, whether you’re working in the likes of the central financial district or for other purposes.
Did you know…?
Apparently, Kingston’s ancient Coronation Stone gets its name from being the place where seven Anglo-Saxo kings had their coronation, including King Athelstan, who is generally seen as the first King of England.
Properties in Kingston upon Thames
As a borough, there are a wide variety of properties available in Kingston upon Thames. On the higher end of the scale, there are five to nine-bedroom houses. If you’re looking for somewhere a little smaller, then there are some fantastic apartments, perfect for reaping all the rewards of the area.
Whether you’re a landlord looking to achieve high rental yields, or a buyer setting up home, then Kingston upon Thames is the place for you.