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Riverside restaurants, outstanding shopping facilities and direct links to London Waterloo

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Bentall Centre

Bentall Centre

Superb selection of high street stores all under one roof.

Stein's

Stein's

Good food, good beer, good times!

Kingston Market

Kingston Market

One of the most historic markets in the country dating back hundreds of years. On a Monday they have a huge choice of different fruits, veg and cooked foods and products.

Local Hero

Local Hero

Independently owned coffee shop, tasty food and incredible smoothies.

The Queen's Head

The Queen's Head

This pub has been refurbished recently and for the better! The Sunday roast was really amazing.

Kingston Rowing Club

Kingston Rowing Club

A great club to get involved in that's walking distance from Kingston town centre.

Fortunella

Fortunella

This welcoming café with very friendly staff is a great place to grab breakfast!

Stone

Stone

Everything you can expect from a traditional Italian restaurant - wood fired pizza oven, hearty pasta dishes and delicious garlic bread.

Cappadocia Express

Cappadocia Express

The kebabs in this authentic Turkish restaurant are superb! They make fresh bread daily and their own chilli sauce, as well as showcasing belly dancers on a Wednesday!

Beans & Greens

Beans & Greens

Great place to get a perfect breakfast smoothie!

The Wych Elm

The Wych Elm

A great pub for a family Sunday roast and a very dog-friendly place. It's in a lovely, quiet residential area too.

The Terrace Eatery

The Terrace Eatery

This is a great breakfast and lunch place. Their food is amazing, always fresh and plenty of it! Great cakes too!

The Boaters Inn

The Boaters Inn

Amazing pub, great service and quality of food... good for Sunday family meals.

Ash Cut and Colour

Ash Cut and Colour

Fantastic local hairdressers with reasonably priced services and very friendly staff!

Canbury Gardens Tennis Centre

Canbury Gardens Tennis Centre

Just next to the River Thames - a private tennis club where all ages and abilities are welcome.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Surbiton, Ham, Teddington, Thames Ditton, New Malden, Twickenham, The Moleseys, Hampton, St Margarets and Raynes Park

"Kingston has a very central role in early British Aviation history. It has been the site of development of the Sopworth Camel, Hawker Hurricane and the Harrier Jumpjet!"

As a local, it's easy to forget how exciting it is to see Kingston's street art for the first time..

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Kingston's river side has exploded with restaurants and bars over the past few years.

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Kingston Market is a great place to pick up delicious local produce...

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  1. So much for all ages to do, great parks both large and small, Richmond Park feels a world away from London! Great shopping and schools :) And only about 25 mins on the train to central London.

  2. Nice family area, vicinity to the Thames and Richmond park, excellent shopping choices

  3. The proximity to London but the feel of the countryside.

  4. Kingston is a great vibrant town with fantastic travel links. The redevelopment of the market in the town square has been great, There is a vast array of shops, and the recent riverside development has bought some great family friendly chain restaurants to the area. The location on the river is perfect to enjoy an early evening walk.

  5. The shops!

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Child-friendly activities near Kingston

Woodcraft Folk

Kingston Quaker Centre
Woodcraft Folk is the cooperative movement for children and young people. We run groups where young people meet to play games make friends and learn about big ideas from social justice to climate change through cooperative activities. Tolworth and Kingston Woodcraft Folk are now running a new children's group at Kingston Quaker Centre on Fairfield East in Kingston on Thursday evenings from 6-7.15 pm. At Woodcraft Folk we encourage every child to get involved and to feel valued. We aim to teach children independence empowerment equality and how to care for the planet. To get involved or ask any questions please contact Andy Marshall the leader of the new group on 07762 447759 or email him at Tolkingwoodcraft@gmail.com . At Tolworth And Kingston we are currently running groups for ages 6 - 9 (Elfins) and 10 - 12 (Pioneers).

Tiny Tunes

Surbiton Library Hall
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website

Tiny Tunes - Teddington

Teddington Baptist Church
Tiny Tunes provide 3 months - 5 years pay as you go Music and Dance Classes, Nursery Sessions and Parties in London, Middlesex, Surrey & Berkshire . Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Price: £5 per child ( £2.50 Siblings) Pay as you go so you just turn up! Website

Tiny Tunes

New Malden Library
Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, meet Mr Tiny, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as the all time favourite rhymes and songs, Tiny Tunes gets the little ones dancing to some of the well known pop classics! Website

Catch-A-Balls: Classes (Ages 2.5-3.5 years) at Vera Fletcher Hall

The Vera Fletcher Hall
Catch-a-Balls classes are ball skills and movement classes for pre-school children. We use a variety of equipment including large and small balls, hoops, scarves, balloons and beanbags. Website

Mummy & Me Ballet Class (Ages 18 Months-3 Years) at Vera Fletcher Hall

The Vera Fletcher Hall
An early introduction to ballet and movement where your little ones can transform into fairies, butterflies and everything magical. There will also be well known activity songs with which the children will be familiar and love to sing along to. It aims to develop listening skills, memory, co-ordination and basic motor skills through creative movement. The best bit about this class is that the mums, dads and carers can join in too. Website

Hampton Pool

Hampton Pool
Described by the Sunday Times as "one of Britain's coolest, biggest, hippest pools", this heated open air pool has a small teaching pool that is ideal for little ones, dedicated parent/toddler sessions and special holiday camps for kids aged 4-12. Website

About Kingston

Kingston upon Thames is the principal settlement of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in southwest London. It was the ancient market town where Saxon kings were crowned and is now a suburb situated 10 miles (16.1 km) south west of Charing Cross. Kingston was built at the first crossing point of the Thames upstream from London Bridge and a bridge still exists at the same site. Central Kingston is a busy predominantly retail centre, with a small number of commercial offices and civic buildings. It has a great amount of car parks, connected by a one-way system. It is one of the main centres of the south west London bus network, and it is connected to Twickenham, Richmond, Wimbledon, and London Waterloo by National Rail trains. Shopping is well catered for and is generally towards the upper end of expectations, with a good mixture of familiar High Street chains and more select boutiques. The shopping centre includes a shopping mall, "The Bentall Centre". Kingston's main open space is the River Thames, with its lively frontage of bars and restaurants. Downstream there is a walk through Canbury Gardens towards Teddington Lock. Upstream there is a promenade crossing the Hogsmill river and reaching almost to Surbiton. Across Kingston Bridge is a tree lined river bank fronting the expanse of Hampton Court Park.

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