Nestled in South West London, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is a dynamic and vibrant district positively bursting with things to do. Kingston town centre itself is a bustling retail hub filled with a fantastic variety of shops and entertainment venues - or head to neighbouring Surbiton for green open spaces, pleasant tree lined streets, boutique stores and coffee shops. Here are some of the top things to do in Kingston and Surbiton.
1. Explore Kingston’s shops
Kingston is one of the capital’s premier retail destinations and boasts one of the largest selection of stores outside Central London. Here, you’ll find everything from high street stores through to unique independent shops selling almost anything you can think of. Don’t miss Kingston’s fantastic Ancient Market, which dates back to the early 1200s and is home to 28 permanent stores. Operating seven days a week, you’ll find a florist, fishmonger and greengrocers, artisan bakery, street food vendors and much more. Kingston also hosts a very popular Christmas market each November and December.
2. Take a walk along the Thames
Kingston and Surbiton enjoy a picturesque location on the banks of the Thames, making for a great place to take a stroll, watch the boats go by and spot the abundant wildlife. While you’re there, stop off at one of the many fantastic pubs situated along the river, or head to Kingston’s riverside for an array of restaurants serving cuisines from around the world. Not in the mood for walking? Hop on a river cruise and explore the Thames that way - or hire your own boat.
3. Visit Hampton Court Palace
Travel a little along the river to the neighbouring borough of Richmond upon Thames and you’ll reach Hampton Court Palace, a grade I listed royal palace famed as the home of Henry VIII - and one of the finest such buildings in the country. The surrounding gardens are just as impressive, with 60 acres of stunning formal gardens to explore and 750 acres of parkland home to an amazing variety of plants and wildlife. It's undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Kingston and Surbiton.
4. Explore Surbiton’s town centre
Famous as the home of TV sitcom The Good Life, the town of Surbiton is a vibrant centre home to an array of independent shops selling arts and crafts, fashions, homewares, books and gifts, as well as flower stalls, delicatessens and more. Victoria Road is considered the main high street, or head to Brighton Road or leafy Maple Road for a great selection of cafes, pubs and coffee shops.