Kingston is both a vibrant market town and one
of the liveliest Royal London Boroughs, sited on the banks of
the River Thames 12 miles south of London.
With an attractive blend of fine timber-framed Tudor buildings with modern stores and homes, it boasts great shopping, a colourful café culture, thriving arts scene and great nightlife. Kingston Town Neighbourhoods consist of Grove, Canbury, Norbiton and Tudor wards.
As far as education is concerned, Kingston has many top private and state schools within the town. Kingston is a fascinating blend of old and new. First recorded in a charter in 838, by the tenth century the town was established as the coronation place for Anglo Saxon kings.
Today, it has a population of some 150,000, swelled in term-time by 20,000 students at the internationally renowned Kingston University and Kingston College.
On average, over 300,000 visitors come to the town each week, attracted by the excellent variety of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities on offer. Kingston’s market town feel is preserved in its unique and interesting side streets, market square and riverside walkways. The recent riverside development at Charter Quay - with its mix of high quality residential accommodation, atmospheric restaurants, specialist retailers, theatre, performance and exhibition space - has expanded Kingston’s traditional cultural centre around the ancient market place and church. The rotundas mix of leisure and entertainment right next to the train and bus stations includes a 14-screen cinema and 16-lane mega-bowl.
Kingston is regarded as the second most important shopping destination in London, after the West End. All major national and international retailers regularly use Kingston as a test bed for new concept stores and lines. Kingston has earned the well justified title of premier retail centre within the South East of England. Kingston Town can also boast the Guildhall Art Gallery, Kingston Museum Art Gallery, and Kingston Museum. There are road and rail links (via Kingston and Norbiton stations), and extensive bus coverage.
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