About this office
Our well-respected team of estate agents at the Hamptons Kingston office have a wealth of local experience and can assist with any aspect of your property transaction, also covering sales and lettings in our Surbiton office as well as the surrounding areas of North Kingston, Kingston Hill, Norbiton, Ham, New Malden, Worcester Park, Berrylands, Long Ditton, Thames Ditton and Tolworth.
Why move to Kingston?
Kingston upon Thames, more generally known as Kingston, is a town in Greater London around 12 miles to the south west of the centre. As the name suggests, it occupies a pleasant position on the east banks of the River Thames. Kingston has a wealth of local amenities, excellent schools and a thriving local economy, although many residents make the commute to central London for work. It has a reputation for being current and having a lively atmosphere, thanks to a great selection of local pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops.
A little bit of history
This historic market town’s name derives from the Old English for ‘the king’s manor’ hinting at its roots as a coronation scene and home for Saxon royalty. Its regal connections have endured and it is now the chief town of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The town’s position on the Thames has been crucial for trade and commerce throughout the centuries, while industries such as brewing and leather tanning have brought prosperity. The renowned Kingston University dates back to 1899 and ranks highly within the UK’s best higher education establishments today.
Architecture and property
Kingston has a varied architectural landscape with something to suit all tastes and budgets, from Victorian detached and semi-detached villas to charming period conversions and large-scale riverside developments of new build apartments. Notable local buildings include the grade II listed neo-Georgian red brick Guildhall and the Tudor construction of Coombe Conduit which was part of a water system servicing Hampton Court Palace in the 16th century and is now maintained by English Heritage.
Shopping and amenities
The Bentall Centre is home to the department store of the same name and over 75 retailers, making it the place to go for shopping in Kingston. There is something for everyone here, from high end clothing at Mint Velvet and Ted Baker to the latest technology at Apple and daily essentials at Boots. There are also a range of food stalls and cafes when you need to take a break from retail therapy. Most major supermarkets are represented in Kingston and in addition to the shopping facilities the town plays host to a hospital, library, museum and even a Crown Court.
The thriving nightlife of Kingston encompasses riverside restaurants, historic public houses and a fantastic range of bars and clubs, with something to suit everyone. Popular national chain restaurants like Côte Brasserie and Las Iguanas sit side by side with independent eateries such as Italian restaurant Al Forno and Riverside Vegeteria, which serves delicious meat-free dishes. Those seeking entertainment can take in a show at the Rose Theatre or a night of laughs at the Crack Comedy Club, while fitness fans can choose from a number of gyms, including David Lloyd and Nuffield Health, golf courses and water sports centres on the river.
Although Kingston itself is quite built up, residents have easy access to vast swathes of open parkland. Visitors young and old will find delight in the expansive manicured grounds of Hampton Court Palace and the glorious tree-lined paths of royal Bushy Park which can be found just a short distance away across the Kingston Bridge. Just to the north is the largest of the Royal Parks, the 2,500-acre Richmond Park, where families will enjoy spotting the deer and exploring the playgrounds.
Kingston is renowned for its wonderful schooling options which draw many families to the area. Within a couple of miles radius there are many sought after state and private schools, including local secondary schools The Kingston Academy and the separate Tiffin boys and girls schools. Primary aged children are served by Fern Hill Primary School, Alexandra School, St Paul’s CofE and Latchmere Academy to name a few, while independent schools in the area include Kingston Grammar School and Rokeby School. The Bedelsford School provides personalised education for children with disabilities and learning difficulties between 2-19.
Kingston is a Zone 6 commuter town with strong transport links by road and rail. Its mainline railway station has regular services to the hub of London Waterloo in around 30 minutes. The M3 and A3 are nearby giving easy access to the M25 and the wider national motorway network. Kingston is also conveniently placed for frequent fliers with Heathrow Airport less than 8 miles away providing a gateway for domestic and international travel.