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On the banks of the Thames and just a short 12 mile hop from Central London, Kingston is a vibrant market town and one of the liveliest London boroughs. 

First recorded in a Royal Charter in 838, the town was established as the coronation place for Anglo Saxon Kings. Today, our quietly confident medieval market town is a rich mix of retail, arts & culture and food & drink making Kingston a popular destination.

 

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Hidden Treasures

Steeped in centuries-old history, it’s no wonder that Kingston has many treasures to discover.

This beautiful statue and water fountain in Market Place is a memorial to Henry Shrubsole, a local banker and three times Mayor of Kingston.

Erected through public subscription and unveiled by the Duke of Cambridge in 1882.The choice of a fountain as well as a figure to commemorate Shrubsole is said to have reflected his good deeds to the community. At a time when few households had piped water, a fountain was a popular choice, and the public contributed £500 to its manufacture. His family owned Shrubsole’s Bank in the Marketplace which is now the NatWest.

Discover more about Kingston's rich history at the Kingston Museum

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All Saints Church

All Saints in Kingston is the focal point of the town.  Since the 9th century, there has been a church on this site, when it was originally part of the Saxon royal estate.

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Child's Play

Kingston upon Thames is a great place for a day out or weekend away with the family. In addition to our excellent range of shops, eateries and historic sites, Kingston features ...

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Clattern Bridge

The oldest surviving bridge in London

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Come Fly With Me

Aviation plays a major role in Kingston’s history as for most of the 20th century, Kingston was a famous centre for aircraft design and production.

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Coombe Conduit

Coombe Conduit is one of Kingston’s most important ancient monuments, built around 1540 as part of a system to collect fresh water from springs on Kingston Hill and channel it t...

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Coronation Stone

In the 10th Century, Kingston established itself as a coronation place of Kings.  At least two, and as many as seven, Anglo-Saxon Kings are said to have been crowned on the Coro...

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Culture Vultures

Art in Kingston takes centre stage as the town has a buzzing cultural scene with numerous galleries, live music and an internationally renowned theatre. As Kingston is a hub of ...

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Day Tripper

Kingston is a great base for visiting for popular attractions such as Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park and for sporting events ...

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Eadweard Muybridge

Kingston is the birthplace of Eadweard Muybridge, one of the world’s most innovative and influential photographic pioneers.

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Eden Street

A street full of history

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Fancy A Tipple?

Kingston is home to a wealth of public houses, withThe Ram, The Bishop and The King’s Tun being popular choices for a drink and a meal.

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Food, Glorious Food

Whatever tickles your taste buds, Kingston has a vast array of cafés and restaurants offering mouth-watering cuisine from around the world to suit every budget.

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Game of Stones Magical Treasure Hunt

Mixing Myth, Magic, History and Heroes...

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Hit The Shops

Over 500 stores, 2 shopping malls, a bustling market place as well as a booming and vibrant independent scene.

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Independent Shopping

Kingston boasts a vibrant independent scene – perfect for shoppers seeking that something extra special or unique.

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Kingston Ancient Market

Kingston’s Ancient Market, with over 800 years of history and a major part of Kingston’s heritage, has 29 permanent stalls renowned for their fantastic displays of fresh fruit a...

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Kingston History Centre

Located in the heart of the borough at Guildhall, Kingston History Centre is where you can access our unique historical resources which tell over 800 years of history through bo...

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Kingston Museum

The home of Kingston's history. Discover your history and expand your horizons in a place where Kingston's past and present meets.  With a wide range of displays, activities ...

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Kingston Museum: Artist in Residence – Paul Mowatt

Kingston Museum’s first Artist in Residence, Paul Mowatt, presents artworks inspired by the Museum’s unique collection of pioneering photographer Edweard Muybridge.

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Kingston Walking Tours

As one of England’s most historic towns, Kingston’s Ancient Market Place and riverside are full of sights and stories dating back to 838 AD.  Let Kingston Tour Guides take you o...

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Messing About On The River

One of the many things which makes Kingston a great and unique destination is the fact that we are on the river.  Take in the stunning views as you take a relaxing walk along th...

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Night Owls

Kingston’s club scene features an eclectic mix of sophisticated hangouts, student clubs and multi-room mega venues, including Viper Rooms, Pryzm, The Hippodrome, The Library or ...

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Nipper The Dog

The inspiration for the HMV  - 'His Master's Voice' - logo, Nipper was buried in 1895 in Clarence Street in Kingston.

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Out Of Order

Visit Old London Road the site of Kingston’s famous falling over phone boxes officially named ‘Out of Order’ by artist David Mach. 

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Park Life

Kingston is a green town with leafy open spaces in abundance. Take a stroll, enjoy a picnic or simply have fun and run around in one of our beautiful parks, including Canbury...

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Shrove Tuesday Traditions

Pancakes and football. Things worth celebrating in Kingston.

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Talent Incubator

Students are at the heart of the town of Kingston.  Home to Kingston University and Kingston College as well as a number of prestigious schools, the town is always buzzing with ...

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The Undercroft

Steeped in centuries-old history, it’s no wonder that Kingston has many treasures to discover. Did you know that during the construction of The John Lewis department store Ki...