Located just 12 miles from central London in Southwest London, Kingston is a commuter haven appealing to city-workers seeking a more suburban lifestyle. Doused in history and with plenty of open spaces, it’s no wonder that Kingston is one of London’s most desirable areas.
Once an ancient market town where Saxon Kings were crowned, The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, often referred to as just Kingston, has always had royal affiliations and has more recently gained a reputation for retail therapy. It is home to two Royal parks and the third ranking shopping area in London outside the West End and Westfield.
You are never far from a historical site or open space in Kingston. A 30-minute picturesque walk take you to Hampton Court Palace close to the gorgeous Bushy Park, which is home to some red and fallow deer families. And parks are in no short supply with Richmond Park and Ham House both also within walking distance of the town centre.
The riverside is one of Kingston’s greatest attractions, with an array of pubs, bars and eateries. The riverbank becomes jam-packed in the summer with locals and visitors having picnics and basking in the sun alongside the resident ducks and swans.
What’s on there?
The 900 seat circular auditorium at The Rose Theatre is modelled on Elizabethan playhouses. Set right by the River Thames, the picturesque venue puts on productions that rival Broadway shows. It definitely has a more relaxed approach with the option to bring your own cushion and watch shows from the floor at the front of the stage, which is especially popular with kids.
Kingston’s is full of historic treasures, the historical market place, one of the only everyday markets left in the UK, regularly hosts visiting markets including festive Christmas and continental markets. And if you’re looking for a bite to eat, there is a variety of street food kiosks offering cuisines from across the globe.
What’s the community like now?
Although Kingston was previously home to families seeking good schools, a short commute and a peaceful lifestyle, the recent past has proved that it is no longer just a quaint suburban town.
Its traditional demographic is now coexisting with a new influx of young professionals and students alike who are falling for the area’s renowned university, lively cultural scene, riverside pubs and shopping opportunities. There is a real sense of community, not just within the student population and it is one of the safest boroughs with one of the lowest crime rates in London.
Kingston in 5
1. How much does it cost?
Kingston is a desirable area and as such comes with hefty price tag. A 2 bedroom flat can cost around £1.5k a month to rent with a 4 bed house setting you back over £1m.
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is Conservative controlled. Council tax bands can be found here
Kingston has a charming mix of properties both old and new. From Victorian semi-detached cottages and villas to modern developments. Kingston is home to some of London’s most expensive homes, with large detached gated mansions in large plots. Some of the newer properties can be found down by the riverside, with modern flats built over the past 15 years.
3. Best Roads
The roads surrounding Richmond park, the area around Queens Road and Liverpool Road, have a variety of desirable Victorian house many with large gardens. And for those looking to be close to the water, Lower Ham Road has houses and flats overlooking the river.
Kingston has two postcodes KT1 which covers Hampton Wick and KT2 which covers North Kingston and into Coombe
Kingston is on the A3 so has great access to both the M3 and M25. Although only 12 miles outside of London, it isn’t served by a local tube station. There are three local train stations, Kingston, Norbiton and Hampton Wick, all with trains directly into London Waterloo.
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