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Living in Kingston Upon Thames
Kingston upon Thames is a vibrant Surrey market town and one of the liveliest Royal London Boroughs, sited on the banks of the river 12 miles South West of the Centre of London. 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. 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.
In the day time there is so much to do and see, with a variety of attractions in and on the Boroughs doorstep. Nearby are three Royal Parks and numerous historic houses and gardens, mainly maintained by the National Trust. Boat cruises along the Thames to Hampton Court and Richmond are also available. At night Kingston with its plethora of bars, clubs, pubs and traditional restaurants has to offer something for everyone. It also boasts the UK's largest Odeon Cinema complex.
Kingston has a number of excellent sports facilities. The Kingfisher leisure Centre boasts a tropical feel swimming pool, several fitness and dance studios, squash courts and crèche. There are a number of clubs available including sailing, rowing, canoeing and swimming for those who are water lovers! However if being on dry land is more your style then running clubs, hockey, rugby and horse riding may be just what you are looking for! Many private health clubs are also located in and around the borough.
Kingston is famed for its extensive range of shops including John Lewis and Bentalls department stores, its claim to be the premier retail centre in South East England is well justified. It also has a good combination market stalls for vegetables, fruit and fish. Kingston still preserves its small town feel with unique and interesting side streets of niche retailers and well established late night and Sunday shopping.
Kingston has an extensive public transport network, over ground rail services to London Waterloo (trains every 15 minutes) and to the South East and South West of England. The Town Centre is served by over 40 bus routes providing a service to all parts of the borough, greater London and Surrey. There are good transport links to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. The M25 London orbital motorway is easily accessible as is the A3 to Central London and the South East.