Kingston is to have a theatre! All the time I was living there, I told my friends that I thought it should have one and the year I move away, one is built! It’s in a lovely location, near to the river; just on the edge of the main shopping area and the exterior of the building housing it looks interesting already.
Judging from the information on their website, in addition to the main theatre, which is being designed in the Elizabethan style, there is to be a small theatre, for new productions, and facilities for workshops and exhibitions. It is set to open in 2006, although no date has yet been given.
This is a place I have to visit again in the summer. I went with a group of friends who hadn’t met up for a while, so we were looking for a place to sit down and chat but most of the places in Kingston that Saturday evening seemed full of sixteen year olds and were really noisy (reminding me of work!) which didn’t suit us at all, so we were pleased to find this place as we walked along the river.
If you visit, head up the outside stairs, on the left of the building, to the first floor, which has plenty of comfortable seating: sofas and stools around long, low coffee tables in the bar area, which is decorated with wooden panelling and columns and tables and chairs on the white painted balcony, which is accessed by a row of French windows giving the place a colonial look and ensuring that, when they are open, any smoke in the room can leave easily, a definite plus point in my opinion. The balcony overlooks the Thames too.
On the downside, they didn’t seem to stock any of the brand name drinks my friends asked for, stocking instead their own brand version, which seemed odd, given the nice location and the smart image they seem to be aiming for and there didn’t seem to be a significant reduction in cost to the customer, as a result.
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Dress Code: I think there's no dress code but I would go casual just in case.
Daytime this pub is taken over by old people then at night is full of students. The Kings Tun has 2 bars,one upstairs and one downstairs.