Kingston is a major shopping destination. It boasts a fantastic mix of high street and luxury names with up and coming brands and independent shops.
Head to the The Bentall Centre for the ultimate retail experience. The centre has more than 75 shops for clothing and accessories, health and beauty, technology and services, as well as food and drink outlets so you can recharge mid-shop.
Look up Kingston's impressive, independent stores, all in the town centre. Get yourself something special and unique in: apparel, organics, cosmetics, arts, homeware, music, cuisine, vintage pieces, antiques and more. Start with the eclectic shops on Old London Road, marked by Kingston's famous falling over phone boxes (Out of Order by artist David Mach).
Roam around Kingston's Ancient Market Place, around since the early 13th century. Today it's where you can go to get local, fresh produce, gourmet foods and tasty treats from Britain and beyond.
Then there's the Monday market packed with friendly traders selling everything from flowers to fish, baked goods to bric-a-brac, great for students on a budget. The Market Place also hosts some visiting markets such as continental foods, arts and crafts and the much-loved Christmas market.
The Kingston food scene is all about delicious British and international cuisines, located in the centre and along the river. You'll recognise more than a few including: Jamie's Italian, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Wagamama, Prezzo and La Tasca. You'll discover some others: Riverside Vegetaria – rated one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the UK, and Steins – a riverside restaurant styled as a log cabin serving Bavarian meals and beer.
Of course, there are lots of little eateries to duck into and cafes to enjoy a coffee and choice baked goods, especially on the tree-lined Castle Street. Don't miss the markets for more fresh favourites and fare from around the world.