Kingston upon Thames has something for everyone, whatever your interests. Saxon kings were once crowned here, and the coronation stone can still be seen outside the Guildhall.
Today the town boasts a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants, and is surrounded by some beautiful parks, including Richmond Park, Bushy Park and Hampton Court Palace.
Kingston is great for shopping thanks to its indoor shopping centre and daily market, including a German market at Christmas. During the summer its riverside bars and restaurants prove popular with both locals and visitors. The town centre hosts an eclectic mix of club nights at large and alternative venues, as well as a multi-screen cinema and a leisure centre.
The Rose Theatre shows an exciting and varied mix of plays, with cheaper tickets available for students. Kingston University is affiliated to the Stanley Picker and Dorich House art galleries, both of which host a variety of exhibitions.
Kingston has excellent public transport links, with frequent buses to neighbouring areas. Central London is only 25 minutes away by train, giving you a great opportunity to explore the museums, galleries and nightclubs of one of the world's most exciting capital cities.
Watch a short video showing Kingston and the surrounding area: