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

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Local Hero

Local Hero

Independently owned coffee shop, tasty food and incredible smoothies.

Sigma Sport

Sigma Sport

Really popular cycling shop in the heart of Hampton Wick and right by Bushy Park.

Rose Theatre

Rose Theatre

Amazing performances and very diverse choice of shows in the centre of Kingston.

Bevan's Butchers

Bevan's Butchers

The best butchers in town selling not just meat, but fish, cheeses and tasty deli items too.

Cream's

Cream's

Ice cream every way - milkshakes, sundaes or just on its own, a great place to catch up with your mates.

Five Guys

Five Guys

The best burger in Kingston, you can eat in or take it away. They also serve hotdogs and over 100 types of soft drinks.

The Boaters Inn

The Boaters Inn

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

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!

Stein's

Stein's

Good food, good beer, good times!

Fortunella

Fortunella

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

The Old Moot House

The Old Moot House

See a full-sized big band every Tuesday in the Old Moot House for free!

The Fairfield Recreation Ground

The Fairfield Recreation Ground

Local football clubs play here in season and it's 3 minutes' walk from the town centre - easy access if you want some peace and quiet after a big shop.

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.

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.

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

"The name Kingston has evolved over the centuries from "Cyninges tun", to "Chingstune", then "Kingeston", "Kyngeston super Tamisiam" and perhaps most familiar "Kingestowne upon Thames in 1589."

Imagine waking up to views of the River Thames from your very own waterside home in Kingston.

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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).

Little Teddies Parent, Baby and Child Group

St John the Baptist Church Hall
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/carers can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. This group meets Tuesday mornings during term-time in the Andrews' Wing. A chance for local mothers, carers and their small children to meet and play together in a safe and comfortable environment. Each week there are craft activities, stories and songs, as well as many toys to play with. We are a parent run playgroup who are friendly and welcoming to children and parents! There is lots of space for children to run around and different activites each week. Its a chance for the children to have a play and parents to relax with a coffee!! Babies also welcome! Website

Little Teddies Parent Baby and Child Group

St John the Baptist Church Hall
Parent and toddler groups provide a place where parents/carers can take their young children to enjoy play activities and socialise. This group meets Tuesday mornings during term-time in the Andrews' Wing. A chance for local mothers carers and their small children to meet and play together in a safe and comfortable environment. Each week there are craft activities stories and songs as well as many toys to play with. We are a parent run playgroup who are friendly and welcoming to children and parents! There is lots of space for children to run around and different activites each week. Its a chance for the children to have a play and parents to relax with a coffee!! Babies also welcome! Website

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

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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