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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“Kingston boasts SW London’s biggest & best shopping mall. To suit all budgets you’ll find designer concessions, high street brands, outlets., vintage, antiques etc.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Theatre
“Situated at the heart of South West London, the Rose opened its doors in January 2008 and offers a unique theatrical centre to the entire region. It has its roots in Kingston, but serves more than a million people who live and work in the region.Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Stephen Unwin, the Rose offers a rich programme of artistic activity, for people from all backgrounds and tastes. It combines the highest artistic standards, a resolute commitment to learning, and a determination to involve the broader community in what we do.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Everything you could possibly need. Visit Typo for quirky stationary and gifts.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pub
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“Highly recommended - a fabulous Thameside pub with great indoor & outdoor dining. For music fans, Sunday night is jazz night ... FOC... ! Summer months .. it’s BBQ season. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Theatre
“Great local theatre. Londons theatre land is only a short train ride from Surbiton station , 20mins to waterloo ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This is the biggest nearest supermarket good for a big shop. Parking is free if you are not there longer than 2 hours. You will need £1 for a trolley”
  • 2 locals recommend
Pier
“Catch a boat up and down the river Thames. Go to Richmond from Kingston the scenic way £8 journey each way”
  • 10 locals recommend
Hotel
“I walk through Bushy Park to Kingston. A bustling town on the River Thames. Shopping, local theatre, restaurants, and a friendly lively atmosphere.”
  • 82 locals recommend
Park
“A gardeners paradise right in the middle of Richmond Park. The children will love playing hide & seek, and if you manage to visit in Spring it’s just magical. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Night Club
  • 2 locals recommend
Department Store
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“A fabulous department store where you can buy pretty much everything and know that the quality will be good. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This fine dining Indian restaurant is less than a five minute walk down the hill. Worth a try.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“Independent coffee shop in Kingston town centre, not the cheapest around but great atmosphere and good coffee and food”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Our favourite bar! On the river, quirky and cool decor and lovely staff. Nice lunches too. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Watch the latest movies, bowling, range of restaurants enjoy great food. Bar for late night fun.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Route
“The river Thames runs through the middle of Kingston and it's well worth taking time to walk along the tow path”
  • 7 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“This fine dining Indian restaurant is less than a five minute walk down the hill. Worth a try.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“You can walk on the south side of the river Thames from Kingston to about Thames Ditton or all the way to Hampton Court on the north side. There are many riverside restaurants in Kingston, walk, cycle or even run along the path. Experience the varied 'boat life' cruising down the Thames, ranging from the rowers practising for their next race, to the small motorboats, to the much larger 'gin palaces' of the more well-to-do. There are also restaurants and pubs at the Hampton Court end (mainly in East Molesey across the river); and, of course, Hampton Court itself. If you don't want to walk both ways, you can take the train back to Hampton.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Great gastropub with quality seasonal menu. Lovely places to sit outside too.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Restaurant offers traditional, authentic and contemporary award winning Italian cuisine in a true rustic Italian atmosphere. Located on the left-hand side of the high street. Booking is recommended. £20.00 to £30.00 per head including wine.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Our local Tapas restaurant. Great food and service. less than 10 mins walk. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The best Fish & Chips in the area - not only can you get proper beer battered cod and chips but if you fancy something different you can have any fish from the Fishmonger next door - how about Lobster and chips for dinner instead? ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Voted thebest Kebab in the UK, but so much more. The sit down menu in the restaurant is excellent.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
“A great pub for a family Sunday roast and a very dog-friendly place. It's in a lovely, quiet residential area too. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

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