Kingston upon Thames may be a thoroughly modern town with all the retail, leisure and transport facilities you’d expect but it’s still steeped in history. The name Kingston comes courtesy of the many English kings who were crowned here in the Middle Ages.
One of only four royal boroughs in the entire country, Kingston has some of the best markets, shops and restaurants in south-west London, drawing over a million visitors a month.
Aside from the Bentall Centre, key attractions include the Rose Theatre, the ancient market, the Rotunda (with its fitness centre, bowling alley and 14-screen cinema) and, not far away, Hampton Court Palace.
Situated on the leafy edge of Greater London, Kingston has been home to some very famous names including designer Terence Conran, broadcaster John Inverdale, singer John Martyn and children’s author Jacqueline Wilson.