As one walks around Kingston, you can see a wide variety of architectural taste and style.
It is absolutely gorgeous how the olde England style juxtaposes with the new and modern, cleaner style.
I particularly love the way window frames and sills are skew and I wonder what is holding up the place! But then , it has been here for a couple of hundred years already, so is actually a lot sturdier than it looks!!
When all the newer buildings fall into disrepair in the future, these buildings will still be standing!
Clean lines, pale stone.. this is a similar style bridge to Richmond Bridge!!!
It's a pretty bridge, solid and sturdy, an architectural success, which handles a lot of traffic on a daily basis!
Architect and designer, Edward Lapidge, built it in 1825.
Prior to this stone bridge, there was a wooden bridge erected here. According to rumour, when Roman Emperor Julius Caesar visited England he crossed the Thames at this point of the Thames River.
Whether this is a true tale or a mere rumour, is anyone's guess.
The bridge's address is:
Thames Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 13R
The towns and villages of Greater and Central London, and the Thames River have had a harmonious relationship for many a year.
The river helps feed the city and the city helps feed the river.
We love walking along it, some places are nicer than others, most are really enjoyable!
This is a lovely part of the river, it (to me) gets prettier the further away one gets from Westminster.
There are always lots of things to see along the way, but the further one goes up the river, the more green it gets, and the prettier it gets I think.
I don't know why it is, but I have always loved these flowers at this stall.
There are tons of flower stalls all over London, with a wide variety of quality flowers on sale... but I always come back to this one as a favourite.
The stall holder is always bright and cheerful, the fresh flowers good quality, lasting at least a week.
I love having fresh flowers at home, and would rather buy them from fresh flower stalls than chains anyday, although Marks & Spencer DO have great flowers too!
Kingston is generally very buggy/pram friendly on the sidewalks.
The roads arent too cobble-stoney (not as bad as in Rome for instance), and there is good wheelchair access, so good buggy/pram access too.
However, not many of their restaurant facilities have a baby changing area, which is difficult for parents of children still in nappies!
Because Kingston is known as a shopping mecca, they have allocated good parking facilities as a result.
There is a big parking lot for Bentalls and for John Lewis (shared with Waitrose), plus a couple more slightly further out.
One we have often used is by ther huge Sainsbury's megastore. It's about a 5 minute walk into the centre. Not far at all I think...
They all use the 'pay per hour' system, so make sure you have paid your fee at the paypoint and have the new card ready for when you exit the parking lot.
The sales this time of year are really good... generally!
If you shop around a bit, you can find some really great bargains! Many people use this time to do next year's Christmas shopping!
The retailers are trying to get rid of the excess Christmas stock and bring in the New Year stock, so prices are good.
Be wary though still, as sometimes they say it has been marked down from X and is now Y, but was actually always Y...
This is the waterfront area of Kingston. I always have called it this, even though it isn't an actual waterfront per say.
It is officially called the Charter Quay.
There are a variety of restaurants and wine bars, commercial and residential premises here too.
Here one can take one's boat out for the day and enjoy some sailing.. or canoeing in our case.
There are walkways over the river canal here, it is picturesque and worth visiting. Lovely!
If you come to Kingston by train this is what you will see as soon as you leave the station.
So its not very hard to find the cinema unless you run down the road with your eyes shut.