Kingston upon Thames Things to Do

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  • The Crafty Cafe

    by CraftsGalx Written Jul 25, 2013
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    The Crafty Cafe is a pottery painting shop, roughly 5-10 minutes from Kingston's Highstreet. Open everyday, but Monday.
    They do everything from children's parties, to adult evenings (requires booking), to baby footprints...
    A varying range of drinks and cakes are also available.
    It's a great thing to do when you are tired of the usual shopping or going to the cinema. All ages can participate, which makes it such a wonderful and inclusive activity for the whole family.
    Even those whose who don't consider themselves the arty or creative type can have an enthralling time.
    You must check it out!

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    3 TIMES MAYOR of KINGSTON

    by davidjo Written Dec 24, 2012

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    HENRY SHRUBSOLE EMORIAL

    The memorial was placed in the market in 1882 for Henry Shrubsole who was mayor of Kingston for three terms At the side is a water fountain and the two figures, one of which is a woman carrying a water jug and the other is a child. There is also a outline of a man's face, supposedly the mayor himself whho came from a family of undertakers.

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    WWI & II MEMORIAL

    by davidjo Written Dec 24, 2012

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    You will find the memorial in a small park next to or part of the Baptisit Church in Union Street which lists all the Kingston men who lost their lives serving their country during the wars. It was designed in 1920 by R R Goulden and shows a nude figure of a man holding a burning cross while standing on a serpent and killing it with his sword as two children seek protection at his side.

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    ALL SAINT'S CHURCH

    by davidjo Written Dec 24, 2012

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    There was a church here in 838 during the Saxon era of King Egbert, but King Henry I started the present church in 1120 and has been extended and repaired several times since then. Outside the south door there are some stones which are all that remain of the old Saxon Church of St Mary. In 1730 the remains of the St Mary's Chapel collapsed killing the sexton and injuring his daughter Of interest is a memorial inside the church dedicated to Kingston lawyer Robert Skerne and his wife who happened to be the daughter of King Edward III and his mistress

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    THE GUILDHALL

    by davidjo Written Dec 24, 2012

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    The Guildhall was open in 1935 by Queen Victoria's granddaughter, Alice, and inside the round building there are portraits of Queen Anne and Queen Elizabeth. There is still some wooden panelling taken from the old Tudor Town Hall but perhaps the most important thing is the Coronation Stone which can be seen on the grounds. The stone was used for the coronation of 7 Saxon Kings in the 10th century and are written around the base. The stone was actually use for horseman to mount their horses in the market until 1850.

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    KINGSTON MARKET

    by davidjo Written Dec 24, 2012

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    Kingston Market, although probably only 30 stalls is worth a visit and for sure you will end up buying something. There are meat, fish and vegetable stalls as well as handicrafts and bread stalls. But maybe the best are the stalls selling burgers, bratwursts and various other types of delicious meals.
    The market surrounds the old Market House and is a "must see".

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by davidjo Written Dec 24, 2012

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    tourist info at Market House

    The information centre can be found in the ground floor of the Market House and has excellent information about Kingston and surrounding area. It also supplies Oyster cards, travel info, National Express Bus Info, and buses to Epsom, timetables and accommodation advice.

    Closed Tuesdays
    Open daily 10 am - 5 pm (Sunday 11 am - 5 pm)

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    THE MARKET HOUSE

    by davidjo Written Dec 24, 2012

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    QUEEN ANNE
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    The building was open in 1840 and was originally the Town Hall, and replaced the Tudor Town Hall Building. The beautiful gilded statue of Queen Anne was transferred from the old building and stands proudly on top of the new one. In 1935 the town Hall was transferred to the new Guildhall and the building was used as the Market House until 1935. The rooms can be booked for functions and the market operates Tuesday to Sunday around the house.

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    STROLL BY THE RIVER OR THE PARKS

    by davidjo Written Dec 23, 2012

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    BARGE WALK
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    You can walk by the river along the Barge Walk or the Thames Walk from Hampton Court to Teddington Lock and enjoy seeing some of the birds or just view life by the river. Several other walks can be done such as the Royal Walk, or the Parks Walk if you open the link below.

    http://www.kingston.gov.uk/walking_map.pdf

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    DEVELOPMENT BY THE RIVER

    by davidjo Written Dec 23, 2012

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    If you stand on Kingston Bridge you can see a few barges and boats but the view of the river is ruined by the construction of shopping centres, apartments and offices. However the view is more interesting in the summer when there is more activity on the river. Trains pass over the railway bridge 200 metres upstream.

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    A LINK BETWEEN SURREY AND MIDDLESEX

    by davidjo Written Dec 23, 2012

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    KINGSTON BRIDGE
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    The original bridge was known to be there in 1318 and was the only other bridge across the Thames before London Bridge until 1729 when Putney Bridge opened. The old bridges were made from timber and were partly destroyed in the War of the Roses and Wyatt's Rebellion so tolls were payable to help pay for the repairs until 1567 when they were abolished, but there are some records of tolls being charged again in the early 18th century. In 1828 the wooden bridge was replaced by a stone bridge a few metres upstream and tolls were charged again until 1870. The bridge was widened in 1912, 1924 and lastly in 2000 allowing for cycling lanes, a bus lane and wider pavements.

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    Kingston Library

    by Fen Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kingston Library celebrated its centenary in the current building in May 2003. Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish/American millionaire and philanthropist donated half the building costs and officially opened the new purpose built library on 11 May. He was so impressed with what he saw that he then donated the rest of the building costs.

    Externally, there have been few changes to the Queen Anne style building. The fragment of pillar at the front is alleged to have come from King John's Palace. The shelving in the Study Room is part of the original fixtures and fittings and it, along with the building itself, is Listed by English Heritage. The entrance lobby has a memorial plaque to those officers and men from the local East Surrey Regiment who fell in the Boer War and there is a fine stained glass window commemorating the same event.

    The interior was extensively renovated and refurbished in 1992/3 and reopened by crime novelist P.D.James. Kingston Library now offers a modern, forward looking service to its customers who can choose to borrow from the thousands of books and audio visual items or to browse the internet free of charge. Children enjoy their own bright and lively section in the building adjacent to the Museum. In 100 years we have come a long way from a few books and periodicals which customers had to ask for - no browsing the shelves then!

    Opening times:
    M 9.30am - 7pm
    T 9.30am - 5.30pm
    W Closed
    T 9.30am - 8pm
    F 9.30am - 5.30pm
    S 9.00am - 5.30pm
    S 1.30pm - 5pm

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  • Salsa and Tango Classes

    by mundolatinouk Updated Feb 10, 2010
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    SALSA CLASSES
    FRIDAYS
    THE KINGSTON DANCE STUDIO
    Canbury Park Road (above the Gala Bingo) KT2 5ED.

    Classes:
    8pm - 9pm
    Beginners Salsa (level 1)
    Intermediates Salsa (level 3)
    Advance plus (invite only)

    9pm - 10pm
    Improvers Salsa (level 2)
    Advanced Salsa (level 4)

    10pm - Late
    Social practise dancing.

    1 Class £8 / 2 Classes £11 / NUS and over 50 with ID £2 off / Social Practise just £3 /

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    ARGENTINE TANGO CLASSES

    ARGENTINE TANGO CLASSES

    Every Thursday Night @ The Kingston Dance Studio.
    Canbury Park Road (above the Gala Bingo) KT2 5ED.


    Argentine Tango is loved for its beauty, passion, drama and excitement.

    Now it's your turn to experience the magic!


    Learn in a professional dance studio!
    Experienced & friendly teachers!
    Social and relaxed atmosphere!
    Complete beginners welcome
    Come on your own, with friends or with a partner
    Drop in classes - no need to book in advance.

    Beginners @ 8pm
    Improvers @ 9pm
    Practise / Social until 11pm.

    1 class £8 / 2 classes £11
    (2 classes applicable to Improvers only)
    Bring your own alcohol or soft drink.

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    Baptist Church

    by Jenniflower Updated Jan 25, 2007

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    The Anglican All Saints Church Parish church and this Baptist church work quite closely together on various community projects.

    I think this is both refreshing and crucial in today's climate, where churches are often only visited due to their lovely architecture and for their historical value, and are not functioning as a 'living and working church'. This sadly does happen in England I have found.

    Having said that, this is a lovely little church with a difference! It works hand-in-hand with it's sister church.

    It has a delightful little garden with a cemetary attached, to visit, the building has incredible character and charm.

    It does not have a website, but I have popped their telephone numbers down for any enquiries.

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    All Saints Church Parish

    by Jenniflower Updated Jan 25, 2007

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    What first grabs ones attention re this church, is the high tower. Situated in the centre of Kingston, I always use it as a beacon for direction.

    The bells have been ringing here for over 500 years!!!

    It is found by the Ancient market place and is a beacon of the local community, with strong ties with the parishioners, business etc.

    I did note they have a little coffee shop open for visitors. We had no time to visit it the last time we were there, but will certainly make time to visit the next time.

    They also have muisc recitals at lunchtime on certain Mondays of the year. Worth a phone call to see which Monday suits you! I work near St James, Piccadilly Circus, and they have lunchtime recitals every day, and they are free, and well worth it - superb talent!

    The gardens here are lovely, the church's architecture is intricate and beautiful, and it's well worth a visit.

    One thing I really love about this church is their support of poor communities and their mission work: This involves working together with Christian Aid on certain projects in the third world. This includes getting involved in AIDS projects and the like.

    And that is what a church is about for me.... practicing what they preach and getting involved!

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