Kingston upon Thames Travel Guide

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Kingston upon Thames Highlights

  • Pro
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     riverside town 

  • Con
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     Far too many people on the weekend... go when it's quieter! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Relax by the river, explore the old buildings and do a little shopping 

Kingston upon Thames Things to Do

  • The Crafty Cafe

    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...

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  • 3 TIMES MAYOR of KINGSTON

    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

    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...

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  • BAPTIST CHURCH, UNION STREET

    This is a rather old church that looks as if has seen better days with a rather old Tudor building next to it.

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  • ALL SAINT'S CHURCH

    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...

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  • STREET PERFORMERS

    Just wander around the shopping precinct and market area and you will come across several street performers which are quite good but did not appear to be earning too much money.

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Kingston upon Thames Restaurants

  • great meals

    The Druid's Head is near the market and is a protected building as it was constructed in the early 16th century. The pub serves meals from 11 am - 9 pm and as usual i could not resist the fish and chips while my friend had the Black Angus Sirloin Steak but in the end we shared. Excellent choices although a tad expensive.

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  • lunch at Kingston Wharf

    This restaurant’s location in Kingston’s wharf area makes it an ideal place for lunch on a sunny afternoon following a morning shopping or walking along the riverside paths. There are plenty of other places to eat alongside, so even if you take a look and don’t fancy it you can easily choose somewhere else. It has tables inside and outside within a...

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  • Byron - Hamburgers

    Finding ourselves in Kingston one lunchtime, I recalled reading a positive review about Byron and was keen to check it out. I am not a regular burger eater, though do enjoy the occasional one at places like Gourmet Burger Kitchen, and was curious how Byron would compare.Byron in Kingston is a large restaurant with some outside seating and modern...

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  • Best Italian Outside of Italy

    I LOVED this place. I haven't had Italian food this good since I was in Italy. Its a nice change from all the bland Italian food I've had elsewhere. The ambience was so nice, the owners were friendly AND it wasn't expensive! I had the tomato and mozarella buffala starter and the walnut and aubergine special of the day pasta. Both of these dishes...

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  • Frere Jacques, French restaurant by the...

    On a mild spring day after a spot of shopping, we went for a wander by the river in the hope of spotting somewhere that tempted us for lunch. One place we came across, located next to Kingston Bridge, was Frere Jacques, a friendly looking French restaurant. After a quick look at the menu we decided to give it a try.We were seated at a table at the...

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  • Italian yum yum

    Carluccio's is yet another chain of coffee shops, where if you have been in one, you feel like you have been in them all.They specialise in Italian cuisine.I prefer a place that has some charm and character, and many chains do manage to achieve this through each individual branch. But this chain doesn't. I have had a Risotto alla Milanese con...

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Kingston upon Thames Nightlife

  • Theatre

    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...

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  • Pub Overlooking the Thames

    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...

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  • Gala Bingo

    Fancy winning some money? Well why not try your luck at Bingo. Maybe you will be lucky enough to win some money for your travels.(haha this is meant to be a joke....!) I think there's no dress code but I would go casual just in case.

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Kingston upon Thames Transportation

  • Car Parking - Warning Fairfield North...

    Beware of the Cattle Market Car park - which is on the surface as it costs £1 per HALF hour whereas the one underground by the same barrier is £1.40 per hour. If you do park by mistake provided you exit in 15 minutes you do not pay

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  • Kingston Buses

    Kingston has a great variety of bus services to the surrounding areas. The main bus station in Kingston is just a little way along the road from the train station and almost all the buses serving this area will call here. There are many stands but the correct one for buses to any particular area can be found on one of the wall mounted maps around...

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  • Getting to Kingston

    These days when I visit Kingston I tend to go by car. There is plenty of parking available in multi-level car parks, and the cost isn't too steep.For those without a car, you can catch a train or bus. There is no tube station at Kingston - instead you will have to rely on good old South West Trains to get you there. You can catch a train from...

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Kingston upon Thames Shopping

  • EXCELLENT SHOPPING AREA

    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.

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  • For that something different...

    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 officeChildrens bedroomLiving roomDining areaetc. In the photo you can see something we bought here a while ago.Ethnic and rustic in flavour, this suits our interior perfectly....

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  • Are you an outdoor type?

    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...

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Kingston upon Thames Local Customs

  • Feeding the swans

    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...

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  • Shop till you drop!

    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...

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  • Kingston's Ancient Market

    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.Please note: A similar tip is found under Shopping, if you have rated...

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Kingston upon Thames What to Pack

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    by Jenniflower Written Jun 10, 2007

    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
    Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
    Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
    Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Adventure Travel
    • Photography

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Kingston upon Thames Off The Beaten Path

  • Isabella Plantation

    The name itself rings of something sumptuous... a 'must see' :)The Isabella Plantation is quite close to where we live. It is within Richmond Park.It is a separate, gated off area within the park, that has a delightful array of flora, fauna, bird life, ponds, ducks (yes, that type of bird too!), a bog garden, little bridges and stone walks and...

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  • Richmond Park

    One huge plus visiting Kingston is the glorious Richmond Park close by (about a 15 minute drive when the traffic is good!), with it's incredible beauty. It is a National Nature Reserve, is a Grade 1 Listed landscape and is London's biggest Site of Special Scientific Interest.It is a nice, large park (covers 2,358 acres) with some hidden gems, like...

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  • Bushey Park

    Bushey Park is less well known than the other Royal Parks. It adjoins Hampton Court and owes its present grandeur to William III's gardeners, London and Wise. A wide and majestic avenue of triple rows of horse chestnut trees runs through the park. It encloses a large round pool designed by Christopher Wren with a statue of Diana by Francesco...

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Kingston upon Thames Sports & Outdoors

  • Walking along the river bank

    This is a particularly pretty and popular area to have a beer and socialise with friends, in summer. There are loads of people that hang out here at the river bank!We like to have a beer and then go for a nice long stroll.We also like it in winter, when there are FAR less people around and we can take a long walk along the river bank. There aren’t...

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  • Tempin Bowling - Megabowl, Rotunda

    If you need an afternoon or evening doing something fun, especially if you have kids, this is a good place to go. It is in Kingston, which is zone 5, but you can get there directly from Central London.This Rotunda shopping complex includes a multiplex cinema, David Lloyd fitness club and several bars and a few restaurants. The megabowl has 16...

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Kingston upon Thames Favorites

  • Architecture

    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...

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  • Kingston Bridge

    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...

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  • The Thames River

    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...

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