There are 18 ‘Outstanding’ schools as reported by ofsted across the borough including the likes of St. Luke’s and Coombe Hill. Kingston also offers a thriving University which is selected by thousands of young students every year and specialises in both fashion and science and ranks among the top 10 London universities.
King Athelstan School (State primary)
Coombe Hill School (Secondary schools, boys and girls)
St Luke’s School (State primary)
Tiffin School (Secondary grammar schools, boys and girls)
Kingston University (Higher education)
Kingston is well linked to London with a mainline train station with trains to London Waterloo in just over 40 minutes, Norbiton Station opposite Kingston hospital, Cromwell Road bus station, and easy access to the A3.
Despite being on the outskirts of London, Kingston benefits from being within the efficient London bus network, which makes getting to neighbouring areas and in and out of town particularly convenient.
Kingston is renowned as a shopping hub in the South East of England with Bentalls shopping centre, John Lewis and the ancient Market Square.
The Rotunda leisure facility in Kingston centre offers quality entertainment for the whole family boasting a 15 screen IMAX Odeon Cinema, David Lloyd’s health club, Tenpin’s 16 lane bowling alley and seven restaurants offering a range of cuisines, there is something for everyone.
Richmond Park, London’s largest Royal Park, boasts beautiful walks among the deer population introduced in the 17th Century. Popular with avid runners, dog walkers and cyclists, Richmond Park covers an area of 2,500 acres.
‘Turk Launches’ run up-to 45 boat trips daily along the most scenic stretch of the River Thames, capturing the history and beauty of Richmond and Kingston -upon-Thames, and Hampton Court Palace.
Charter Quay is one of Kingston’s most popular destinations for relaxed dining, riverside strolling and the arts. With a great mix of restaurants, river views and the Rose theatre, you’ll find a family-friendly environment for all to enjoy. Offering beautiful scenic views of the River Thames and Kingston Bridge.
Kingston’s civic buildings include a local museum, public library, and a short distance away is the County Hall Building which houses the main offices of Surrey County Council.
The Rose Theatre which opened in 2008 is a prominent venue for an eclectic mix of theatre productions and live music as well has housing a bustling town centre café. Well worth a visit.
The ancient market square is the hub of Kingston and particularly popular during the Christmas period as it hosts the Christmas market which is filled with festive stalls for all to enjoy, and an open air stage offering live music to enjoy while sipping on some mulled wine!
Kingston bridge which was built in 1828 links Hampton Wick to Kingston centre and is a landmark featuring in many boating races and Regattas during the summer months organised by Kingston Rowing Club.
One of the more unusual sights in Kingston is ‘Out of Order’ by David Mach, a sculpture in the form of twelve disused red telephone boxes that have been tipped up to lean against one another in an arrangement resembling dominoes.
The Riverbanks of Kingston are alive with pubs bars and restaurants where you can find craft beers and gastro delights. Charter Quay is the central hub for night time revellers with Pryzm nightclub only a short walk further into town.
For a more fringe experience Banquet records regularly host alternative music gig nights at venues across the town.
Kingston’s premium real estate can be found in the KT2 postcode area which fringes Richmond Park and plays host to a wealth of outstanding schools.
Notable communities surroundoing Kingston include Norbiton, New Malden and Tolworth which offer a more edgy and multi-cultural scene, and Surbiton, which is a popular commuter town for professionals with its fast train to Waterloo (just 15 minutes) and the trendy bars and restaurants of Maple Road.