Kingston upon Thames is a charismatic pocket of Greater London with tree-lined streets and handsome terrace houses. Set on the River Thames, the affluent Royal Borough has a cosy village feel and is popular with local celebrities. Shop in the historic marketplace, stroll around leafy parks and relax at riverside restaurants. Excellent road and rail connections make Kingston upon Thames a great base for exploring London.
Things to do in Kingston upon Thames
Waterfront terraces dot the river and are perfect for sipping a refreshing glass of Pimm’s and watching boats cruise by. A scenic cruise on a traditional paddle wheeler is a great way to enjoy a sunny day on the River Thames.
An abundance of leafy parks and riverside walking trails make Kingston upon Thames one of London’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Just north of Kingston upon Thames, Richmond Park is home to herds of wild deer. Just across the river, Hampton Court Park is anchored by a magnificent Tudor palace. Wander through the manicured gardens and get lost in the famous hedge maze.
From contemporary plays to touring comedy acts, Rose Theatre is the beating heart of Kingston’s cultural scene. Arrive early to enjoy a drink at the theatre bar or book a pre-show dining package at a nearby restaurant.
With more than 500 shops and specialty retailers to browse, Kingston upon Thames is a prime shopping destination. The centuries-old marketplace has been reimagined as a pedestrian mall lined with high-street retailers. In the centre are market stalls selling fresh produce, baked goods and flowers.
Getting around Kingston upon Thames
Kingston upon Thames is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Trains run between London Waterloo and Kingston upon Thames in around 30 minutes and the neighbourhood is also serviced by more than 40 local bus routes. Heathrow Airport is a 20-minute drive away.