great shopping, nice bars, lovely river
Far too many people on the weekend... go when it's quieter!
Relax by the river, explore the old buildings and do a little shopping
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
Warren Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 7HY, United Kingdom
Good for: Couples
I stayed in this hotel for three weeks in November 2007. During this time the staff were very...more
We stayed at the Kingston Lodge hotel for 3 days. The rooms were lovely, but the bed was very...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
We always used to come here by bus.Since we have got a car, we go by car. There is plenty of parking available, and it makes the whole shopping trip more enjoyable... especially when one is carrying a few heavy shopping bags!There are various parking stations here, at Bentalls, John Lewis, Sainsbury's and a couple more still.Having said this, I...more
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.more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more