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Kingston upon Thames lies ten miles south west of central London and the de facto capital of Surrey is really a major satellite town of the capital.
Surrey is the wealthiest and arguably prettiest of the stockbroker belt counties surrounding London, and you can see this in the beautiful green spaces and chocolate box millionaire’s villages all over the county, as well as in Kingstons largely upmarket shopping: Bentalls (Wood Street, 020 8546 1001, www.bentalls.co.uk) and John Lewis (Wood Street, 020 8547 3000, www.johnlewis.co.uk) are the department stores in which to see and be seen, with designer clothing and quality homewares.
The Bentall Centre (www.thebentallcentre-shopping.com) is the main mecca of merchandise in the town with an Apple Store (020 8213 2020, www.apple.com/uk/retail) and many high street entertainment and fashion names, and two markets are well worth seeking out: Kingston Antique’s Market (23-31 London Road, 020 8549 2004) for a treasure-trove of nick-nacks, and Kingston’s Ancient Market by the river – it’s a grab-bag place, with occasional French food markets and lots of activity come Christmas-time.
Kingston is now very defined by its major student populous at the University and College, so the population’s very young, and the many bars and clubs are very lively particularly mid-week.
The Thames is a picturesque addition to the town, flowing right through its centre and making an ideal stop-off point for a sunny afternoon pint.
Cultural needs are served by the Rose Theatre (24-26 High Street, 0871 230 1552, www.rosetheatrekingston.org) which attracts a largely excellent programme of theatre, dance and particularly comedy.
Sport fans can join the party at Kingsmeadow (422a Kingston Road, www.afcwimbledon.co.uk), the home of AFC Wimbledon, formed by fans out of the ashes of the old Wimbledon Football Club who were moved to Milton Keynes in an ill-fated attempt at ‘franchising’ in 2002 – from starting life at the very bottom of the footballing ladder, they’re now only five rungs away from the Premiership (and just two from their great nemesis, Milton Keynes Dons) and attract thousands of vociferous fans to their games.
Trains run regularly to Waterloo from Kingston, Norbiton and Surbiton stations.
|Richmond Station||4||District||5.79 miles|
|Wimbledon Park Station||3||District||6.58 miles|
|Kew Gardens Station||3||District||7.28 miles|
|Wimbledon Station||3||District||7.42 miles|
|Morden Station||4||Northern||7.46 miles|
|Kingston Station||0.12 miles|
|Hampton Wick Station||0.85 miles|
|Norbiton Station||1.14 miles|
|Berrylands Station||2.01 miles|
|Hampton Court Station||3.11 miles|