The ideal location
Kingston is consistently rated the safest borough in London (Metropolitan Police, 2013) and the happiest place to live in London (Rightmove, 2013). It's also the sixth happiest place to live in the UK.
With so much to offer its residents, Kingston is the ideal location for studying and living. It's also close to both of London's main international airports.
Based on the River Thames, Kingston's riverside is home to many annual events and activities, including the Dragon Boat Festival and the Regatta. The river offers picturesque walks, a great selection of restaurants and bars and boat trips in the summer.
History and heritage
Dating back to the 800s, Kingston upon Thames is full of history and heritage with royal connections. King Henry the VIII's royal palace is nearby and it is rumoured that seven Saxon kings were crowned in Kingston. The town is also home to an ancient market that still runs today.
With more than 500 shops, Kingston is a shopper's paradise with everything you'd need, from the famous Bentalls store and a variety of department stores, to fresh fruit and vegetables from the outdoor market, to antiques and boutique stores.
With its own acclaimed theatre, a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, live comedy venues and lots of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Kingston upon Thames has something to offer everyone's tastes.
Sport and leisure
Kingston caters for all sport and leisure needs with two beautiful royal parks, the River Thames for water sports, more than five gyms and leisure centres to choose from, a stadium, tennis courts and lots more.
With central London only 25 minutes away by train, you'll have the chance to enjoy everything the city has to offer, from West End theatres, to historic sites, to museums, galleries and exhibitions, to the many festivals and events on offer throughout the year. Read more…
Kingston has fantastic transports links, including easy access to central London, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and surrounding areas.
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