Even though this is frowned on by some people, it is something that many do. These swans have been here for many years and are an icon of Kingston.
If you stand by the Thames, in the Waterfront area, there are steps that go down to the river.
Here is a popular spot to feed the swans... and the ducks... and the pigeons come along too (fair warning!).
Things can get pretty crazy here with all the birds around, and lets hope that no-one leaves their calling card behind on you... but it's fun for the kids and worth it.
I wasn't feeding the swans in these photos, there was another young girl feeding them... but what a lovely photo opportunity!
This is the chief reason I, and many others, come to Kingston.
There are tons of shops of all shapes, sizes, wallets and tastes, all within a short walk form eachother.
Plus what I like about Kingston is there is a good mix of the old and the new!!
There is the lovely modern Bentals Mall, and then older style shops on the high street and in the market place.
There are also a decent amount of coffee shops and restaurants to rest your weary legs after a few hours of successful shopping!
I am not a huge shopper, and seldom enjoy it to be honest, but here I get what I need, always.
Word of warning though: Weekends are MANIC, there are far too many people here... I would recommend either going during the week to shop, or very early on a weekend. Crowds usually arrive around 11am...
There is an ordinary market, open 6 days a week in the Market Square.
They sell everything from batteries to eggs, from flowers to boots, fresh fruit to vegetables, from clothing to cookies.
Prices are fine, not much haggling goes on in my experience.
Opening hours are 9am to 5pm.
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