As well as John Lewis just by Kingston Bridge, there is the Bentall Shopping Centre (4 FLOORS) 100 metres past it, which has a wonderful selection of the usual high street shops, and besides those there are 4 or 5 surrounding streets with many more shops. In other words Kingston is great fo shopping.
An exquisite interior shop!
They generally have lines that are slightly different to mainstream decor, more rustic and individual in taste.
They sell furniture for:
The home office
What to buy: In the photo you can see something we bought here a while ago.
Ethnic and rustic in flavour, this suits our interior perfectly. They are squash balls, dried out and painted.
What to pay: Expensive!!! Hence us never buying anything but some accessories... but if we could afford it, we would buy furniture form here.
We love camping!
We do not get to do it much due to home and work commitments, but now that we have a car, we will be doing some more camping in the summer.
This shop caters for all your camping and outdoor needs.
There are quite a few branches scattered in London, this is one of the nicest (along with the Richmond branch in our opinion).
Service is helpful and good.
What to buy: They sell outdoor clothing for the whole family, as well as sporting equipment.
Their camping range is extremely good... we bought out 5-man tent there 3 years ago and it is superb quality.
And then of course they sell any kind of outdoor accessory you might need too.. from torches to thermal mugs to waterproof blankets.
I love to wander in this shop. It has so mnay interesting things, and we have to forcibly hold ourselves back sometimes! :)
There are not many Christan book shops in London, Central or Greater London.
I think we are spoilt in South Africa, where there are usually about two Christian book shops in each mall! And there are loads of malls!
Kingston is a small book shop, and does carry a lot of stock.
What to buy: They stock all kinds of reading material, Bibles, music, stationery, some gifts etc.
Their children's section is nice in that the puzzles and books are interactive sometimes.
Lovely for the little ones!
What to pay: Prices are average toward expensive.
This flagship store has been here since 1867, and undergone much refurbishment and modernisation in its time.
It is the main store in Bentalls Shopping Centre, covering various floors (5 if I am correct?). It has quite a few brand names and is quite exclusive.
What to buy: Handbags, clothing, makeup, perfume... all things exclusive, as well as other homeware etc too.
Good quality stuff!
What to pay: Expensive and exclusive - sales are GOOD though!
Kingston is a great place to shop if you live in South West London. There is the modern Bentall Centre, which is a multi-level enclosed shopping centre, home to Bentalls department store, and numerous specialty shops and of course the usual High Street suspects. Some shops that I found interesting in the centre included Muji, the Apple Store, and Paperchase (all chains), and I was impressed with department store as well.
Nearby the Bentall Centre is John Lewis, another department store, though this branch has an impressive interior design which is worth checking out.
What to buy: You will also find plenty of shopping in the old market areas, across the road from the Bentall Centre. The cobbled streets are lined with a mix of shops - something to keep everyone happy I should think.
Kingston is also the home to several markets, including an annual German Christmas Market! From Mon-Sat you can check out Kingston's Ancient Market which is located close to the river and sells fresh fruit & veg, fish, clothing and other stuff. A French market also pops up here around Christmas.
I enjoy shopping at Next generally.
This branch is found in a gorgeous old building at the Market Place.
They offer the following:
Wedding list Service
What to buy: They have a lovely women's and men's selection, and their kiddy departmner isn't too bad either!
I have bought a few homeware items, like placemats, before.
I have never used their wedding list as yet...
What to pay: They usually have good sales during sale time (people queue for hours to get in first when the January sales start!).
They are average price-wise, and sometimes good bargains can be found.
Bentalls is one of the nicest shopping centres I have gone to in England.
Malls aren't huge here, High Streets are far more popular. That's what makes Kingston nice though, is that it offers you both... the more traditional as well as the more modern way of shopping.
It's flagship store and main tenant is Bentalls, an upmarket department store covering all 5 (I think) floors.
There are many other chain and owner shops throughout the shopping centre otherwise, from toy stores, to optometrists to clothing stores to boutiques.
They have a lovely childcare facility where you can actually leave your kids whilst you go shopping. They are supervised. This is on the third floor, near the food court.
The food court offers a variety of take out foods, from ice cream to pizza to samoosas.
What to buy: You can buy practically anything here. It caters for all ages and sexes.
What to pay: A variety of costs as there are a variety of shops here in the shopping centre.
This market square is like so markets, in that they sell cheap stuff... the items are generally not the greatest quality, although the fruit, veg and flowers are.
The Tourist Information Centre is located here at the market square, in the Market House.
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What to buy: They sell everything from batteries to eggs, from flowers to boots, fresh fruit to vegetables, from clothing to cookies
What to pay: Generally cheap
They say they are a toy shop that rivals Hamleys... hmmm.. of this I am not convinced, as I am a HUGE fan of hamley's.
But they do have a lot of toys!
It is child friendly and I enjoy looking here.
What to buy: Any kind of toy in any shape or form practically.
From arts and crafts for the kids, to action figures to dolls to train sets. They have a good variety of toys that cater for all ages... even adults ;)
You can get dressing up outfits here (and here they do rival and beat Hamley;s whose dressing up section isn't that great in my opinion), all kinds of novelty items too.
What to pay: They have some good deals at times. Go during the sales! When they are clearnign stock... BIG bargains!
I don't visit it that often as I don't need to, the wollen jerseys and pullovers I have bought from her in the past, last a long time.
They have a food service that operates from many of their stores, where they provide coffee shops or tea rooms within the store, for their clients.
What to buy: This is a shop that sells quality clothing items, cashmere in all forms, night wear etc.
They also have a gift section, and an accessory section.
What to pay: By nature of it's product line, it is quite expensive.
This is without doubt, my favourite shop!
I love accessories of all shapes and colours, and this shop has all kinds of good quality stuff.
What to buy: They sell scarves, gloves, nechlaces, bracelets, hair accessories... basically all kinds of jewellery.
The style is more ethnic and beads are often used, which is just up my street! (as one who makes her own beaded jewellery).
What to pay: It is more expensive than some accessory shops, like Claire's Accessories... but the quality is A LOT better! No comparison.
I have to admit when I first entered this store, my jaw nearly dropped to the ground!
It is MASSIVE!!!
Large, clean, clear, with tons of space. It appeals to young and old alike, and caters for men and women. They have various sections, solely geared toward one thing.
It is multi-levelled and has lifts and escalators between the floors, and has good wheelchair and buggy access.
We were after childrens tables and chairs, so headed for the nursery and kiddies section.
A very enjoyable shopping experience!
What to buy: You can buy practically anything in the giftware and homeware category here.
From cushions to frames to boots to tights to stationery to audio to sports equipment to linen.. it is all here.
They have a comprehensive online website too, which is easy to navigate and is quite substantial.
What to pay: It is an expensive shop as they only deal with quality, but they do have good sales!
This store is a real gem of a find in Kingston.
The only designer mens brand in the town,the store has a whole new look as they have recently under-gone a re-fit.The staff have undergone a bit of an over-haul too.I hadn't shopped in there for a bit but was really surprised by the friendly service.A bit pricey but not at all snobby.
It is most definately to me the undiscovered jem of kingston. It next to the sandwich shops clocks down castle street, and it is the most magnificent little thing ive ever seen. I must admit the shop is a little small, but its very cute in every way. The interior design and the clothes have a very princessy feel. It is an independent shop run by a korean lady who imports all her clothes from korea...And the best bit is its all done by their own designers so you wont get anything you find in JIKI anywhere else. It is deffinately a great place to shop in once in a while when you get sick of buying the same old topshop and zara, that you know everyone else is going to be wearing.
What to buy: JIKI seems to specialise in skirts, and my god do they specialise in them. They have all sorts made from the most beautiful fabrics. They dont do a lot of denim skirts but they have the most fabulous fancy skirts and from time to time really beautiful dresses. I would recommend this shop for anyone attending a wedding, christening, fancy dinner etc ,...that sort of thing. Their jackets are also very cute.
What to pay: From the outside it looks fairly expensive, but seriously just go in and have a look, it all ranges from around 15pounds to 75pounds.