Kingston Upon Thames Area Guide

In This Kingston Upon Thames Guide You Will Find

Overview

Throughout the ages Kingston was an ancient market where mighty and not so mighty kings of Saxony were crowned, hence its name. Nowadays, the borough is desired not only for its market and shopping opportunities. Here you can find two Royal Parks, a Palace, shops and stores which are match to the ones in Central, an international university and a huge variety of restaurants and riverside pubs. Find out more information in this blog article written by a London man and van service provider – Best Move.

Old Town Hall on Market Place in Kingston

Market place in Kingston upon Thames. Image source: Kreepin Deth / Wikipedia.

Kingston has one of the lowest crime rates in London and some of the lowest house and rent prices, as well. All of these, combined with the transport options, including South West trains to Waterloo in 30 minutes, cement Kingston as a heaven for families and commuters. The area’s long from just an antiquated senior town and now it’s a desirable location for people from many ethnic, cultural, work and age groups.

Things to Do in Kingston Upon Thames

Eating

As the rest of London, Kingston offers cuisine from all around the world. The area offers the global fast food, burger joints and restaurants such as Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Byron, Nando’s, Wagamama and at least 200 more places which you can check at tripadvisor along with rankings and reviews. These 200 restaurants include many choices for people with different food preferences such as vegan and vegetarian, halal dishes, pork, hot and spicy and pretty much anything else you can think of.

And let us not forget the patisseries. A confirmed local favourite is the Cakewalk Patisserie where the strawberry tarts are particularly delicious. For the Indian food lovers you have the already established Roz ana or the Swad Indian Home Dining who no doubt offer the top Indian takeaway ever offered.

Sports

Footboll-Kingston-LondonKingston is a great place for sport – a few golf clubs, one rowing and one sailing club are just some of the few.

  • Additionally, if you’re a football fan, Kingston is home to the mighty AFC Wimbledon who play in the fourth tier of English professional football – League 2.
  • For the rugby lovers, Twickenham Stadium is a mere 30 minute bus ride away.
  • If you are a gym person, there are over 15 gyms serving the borough – high end and basic ones which offer different types of trainings conducted by professional trainers.
  • For runners both beginners and professionals, there are 3 parkrun events nearby, as the closest and biggest is the one at Bushy Park – a 20 minute walk away.

Shopping

Valued by many for its shopping options and often preferred over Central London, Kingston is a shopper’s delight. Down town Kingston offers all kinds of stores which vary from really expensive boutiques to high street chains. The Bentall Centre is a perfect place for leisure with its 75 shops and 600,000 sq ft.

The Kingston’s historic market place which was discussed earlier in this guide has been in existence for over 800 years. Every year it is a host for visitors and visiting markets which include a Christmas Market and Continental Markets on many occasions. There are also quite a few Tescos, Sainsbury’ss, Waitroses and Asdas in the vicinity, as well as two specialised Asian supermarkets – Hmart and Longdan.

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Transport In the Area

Kingston has almost-flawless infrastructure.

Rail: South West Trains serves Kingston and a train to Waterloo takes around 30 minutes and is available between 5AM and 12AM. You can reach London Victoria via Clapham Junction in around 40 minutes.

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Buses: Kingston has a great bus network and buses travel regularly (when there’s no strike). A little lifehack that we know is that you can use the Kingston University bus without any questions asked even if you’re not nor have ever been a KU student. Additionally, you can use the X26 bus to get to Heathrow is less than 40 minutes depending on the traffic.

Car: The borough is a 40 minute drive away from central London though Wandsworth, again depending on the traffic. A mere eight mile drive will get you to the M25 too. Careful though. As the rest of London, Kingston has strict parking regulations. Another lifehack – If you happen to know anyone having a permanent residentship, even if they are a student you can save a lot of money.

Housing In the Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

Kingston is in zone 6, with that being said you can figure the gentrification in its full affect hasn’t yet reached the Borough of Kingston on Thames. The prices in the area depend on a few factors, but you can still rent a bed in someone’s kitchen for the total sum of £400 per month or discover you live next a forest of weed and get the met police knocking on your door at any time.

Either way, Kingston’s housing options vary between student and student-like accommodation and high end detached, semi-detached and terraced homes. There are also flats viewing the Thames which may cost you almost a million. Make sure you go to the Kingston rightmove page to get a glimpse at the house price trends within the area.

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