- Transport links
- Schools and services
- Restaurants, bars and pubs
Introduction to Kingston Upon Thames
Kingston upon Thames, usually just referred to as Kingston, has a very long and varied history. Originally a major venue for Saxon royalty, the area has maintained close links with many generations of English rulers since this time.
And of course, it is the location of the Hampton Court Palace. One of London’s main royal tourist attractions, famous for its large hedge maze. Today, Kingston is an up and coming residential superb of London, with some great property prices and excellent facilities.
Kingston has always been a very quiet and safe area, with a generally more prosperous community. In many ways, this is a part of Greater London that has a small rural town feel. And located right on the banks of the River Thames, Kingston has some really lovely green spaces to explore.
Architecture in Kingston is diverse, covering many periods and styles. Edwardian and Victorian properties dating from the 1930s are both charming and spacious, and are the most common architectural styles to be found in Kingston upon Thames.
However, there are more modern options including several purpose built apartment buildings and new housing developments.
Kingston upon Thames is a great family location, as it has plenty of facilities, and also some lovey green spaces for families to exploit.
Canbury Gardens, on the banks of the Thames, make a great place for families to enjoy in the summer. And Richmond Park is also very close, one of the top green space in the Greater London area. And with over 35 schools in the area, education is easy to find.
Kingston upon Thames House Prices
Flats and apartments are the primary type of property that has been sold in Kingston upon Thames in the last year. Flats changed hands for an average of almost £400,000. Terraced properties went on average for just over £600,000 and semi-detached for £750,000 on average.
Transport links in Kingston Upon Thames
Kingston has a mainline station that runs direct in to Waterloo Station in the City of London. The journey takes just 30 minutes, with connections out to the rest of the country via Clapham Junction.
Unfortunately, Kingston upon Thames does not have its own London Underground station. However, there is an extensive bus network that passes through Kingston, but there is no night bus service.
Kingston is just a few minutes’ drive away from the M25 Motorway, so road connections are excellent. This also makes reaching all of London’s international airports very easy.
Schools in Kingston Upon Thames & public services
There are a large number of schools, both private and state run in Kingston upon Thames. There are over 30 primary schools alone.
Kingston Grammar School is ideal for older children, and is one of the oldest schools in England, first opening its doors in 1561. Kingston University is a national grade establishment for further education, renowned for its quality.
There are a number of libraries in Kingston upon Thames. The largest runs regular reading groups, and also offers free computer training.
Restaurants and Bars in Kingston Upon Thames
There is extensive nightlife and entertainment within Kingston upon Thames. However, as this is really a very outlaying suburb of the City of London, it does not have as many bars and clubs as other areas. It does have plenty of restaurants and cafes.
Bars/Pubs: Probably the most traditional pub to be found in Kingston upon Thames is The Bishop. This is a family pub, but a little more expensive and upmarket than most. Set right on the banks of the River Thames is The Mill, a very popular pub in summer.
Restaurants: There are dozens of great restaurants to be found on Kingston High Street. For great vegetarian, try Riverside Vegetaria, one of the top vegetarian restaurants in London, winning awards for its cuisine. For ethnic cuisine, try Pho Hoi An for Vietnamese, Cappadocia for Turkish and Rozana for Indian.
Other Entertainment: The Rose Theatre is a large, 900 seat venue that has attempted to recreate the old playhouse experience. This is noted as being one of London’s finest fringe theatre venues, and puts on many performances throughout the year. Kingston also has a long running commend club, in the form of Crack Comedy Club. This venue attracts visitors from all over London and beyond.