Kingston Upon Thames

Stunning architecture, riverside dining, and one of London’s best shopping scenes – it’s yours for the taking in Kingston, a leafy area in the city’s south-west. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in Kingston. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Kingston.

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Best places to live in Kingston Upon Thames

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Kingston location and transport

Kingston or, Kingston upon Thames, is a suburb in South West London that runs parallel to the River Thames. 10 miles from Central London, and eight miles from the M25, it’s edged by Richmond, Twickenham, Hampton, Surbiton, New Malden and Wimbledon.

Kingston station is in Zone 6, and offers direct trains to Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and Waterloo.

The history

Kingston has been a settlement since ancient times, and its name comes from the Kings that were once crowned here. It’s got remnants of its past around every corner, including Kingston Market Place – an 800-year-old gem that’s at its most magical at Christmas time. You can learn all about Kingston’s rich yesteryear on a guided tour – they run for free every Sunday from Market House.

Kingston’s shops

Kingston has a prime shopping scene, which spans quaint independent stores and well-known names such as Jo Malone – the iconic fragrance brand is housed in one of Kingston’s most beautiful period buildings. For a proper mall spree, head for the Bentall Centre, where 75 high street and high-end stores can be found under one roof. Such is its retail therapy prowess, Kingston the third most popular shopping destination in the capital, after the Westfield malls and London’s West End.

Eating out

Kingston High Street snakes along the Thames riverside. You’ll discover the area’s signature gastropubs here, most of which offer al fresco waterfront seating along with innovative British menus. There are also elegant French, Thai and Italian offerings. Elsewhere in town, the restaurant menus draw inspiration from places such as Vietnam, India and the Middle East, and a clutch of decent coffee shops satisfy caffeine cravings. For street food, stop by the historic marketplace.

Swan on the river

Kingston attractions

You can walk to Hampton Court Palace and Hampton Court Park in less than half-an-hour from the town centre, and close-by Richmond Park and Ham House are also brilliant for days out.

The Rose Theatre’s productions also never fail to dazzle audiences. Founded in 2008, it’s been erected in a traditional Elizabethan style, and renowned companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, English Touring Theatre, Peter Brook, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse have performed on-stage in recent years.

Buying and renting in Kingston

Kingston is a mix of Victorian and Georgian buildings and contemporary new-build apartments. A great place to rent is Kingston Riverside, from Redrow Homes. It is a luxury bolthole offering stellar river views, while Queenshurst is a centrally located property by Berkeley, with the company’s signature luxe, contemporary interiors.

I think this building is a very friendly and clean place to live. The security is great so I feel safe in my own building and neighbourhood. It’s also a very nice and enjoyable place to live. The facilities are great to use also.” – resident at Queenshurst

Riverside development in Kingston are perfect and everything is well and safe while this building provides 12 hour concierge and great facilities near us such as Nuffield gym and sainsbury market and gp for healthcare.” – resident at Kingston Riverside

The flat is very clean. It has AC which is very good. Location is good. The flat is perfect. New refurbished. The concierge is very helpful. Gym and parking included. It has a small balcony with a nice view. Richmond park nearby.” – resident at Queenshurst

River with bridge in Kingston Upon Thames

 

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Crest Nicholson’s The Royal Gallery, meanwhile, offers minimalist-chic flats close to the area’s much-loved Canbury Gardens – home to Kingston Rowing Club. It is rates one of the best places to live in Kingston.

I like my flat it has a beautiful design. I think the gardens are pretty. I’ve never had any problems here. It’s very peaceful, the neighbours are friendly and the building managment always go the extra mile to help you out.” – resident at The Royal Gallery

Even closer to Canbury Gardens is Canbury Court. This more affordable development wows less than others in the style stakes, but tenants love its setting…

Lovely riverside flat, 10 minute walk from central Kingston.” – Lucy, verified resident at Canbury Court

The Royal Quarter is another sought-after property. Its set in landscaped grounds and has onsite parking, fairly uncommon in the area.

The location is really good for people who work in Kingston or need to get to london. The managment are really good and there’s a fantastic email services, so great for communication. There’s a free gym which is fantastic. We have a 2 bed and it’s huge, we really like the space.” – resident at The Royal Quarter

You can find out more about living in the Kingston by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in Kingston. Moreover, If there’s a Kingston property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here

Reviews in Kingston Upon Thames

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Developers should be responsible to fix all structural problems within their buildings without time limit. As long as it is the fault of the developer like the case in Kingston Riverside!

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Review Date Mar 2021

The neighbourhood here is very nice, right next by the river, parks and shopping centre. But the buildings are terribly built!

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There are a considerable number of leaseholders are annoyed, frustrated by the leakage problems for years. Report from the management company, JFM, dated 12 Mar 2021: ‘Broadly speaking these reports conclude that there are three main issues- firstly incorrect or blocked drainage causing water to pool underneath, secondly inadequate or damaged waterproofing/damp course and thirdly damaged flashing where the balcony and terrace meet the window frame and door sections. This is not to say that all balconies have all these issues, but the problem in each flat is likely to arise from at least one of these building defects. As you know from previous correspondence the most challenging issue is that the balcony and terrace issues are potential defects in the original construction of Kingston Riverside and therefore subject to an NHBC claim. ”
It’s the responsibility of Red Row, why can’t we ask Red Row to fix it? Why the wealthy developers are protected by NHBC???

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Nice design and fantastic view.

What is the best feature of your home:

Nice view of River Thames, easily accessible to different amenities.

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Cute Suburban Development

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Review Date Aug 2020

Not many local shops or restaurants. Not great bus links. Nice design. Looks good.

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The overall design of the development is good. The houses look good and is well maintained. There is however not enough parking for visitors which causes issue. I have not had much dealings with building or property management to comment on their work.

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Parking issues.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

More storage – other than that it’s a nice layout.

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Review Date Aug 2020

We love our house and are very happy here! The design and layout of the property is perfect. I like that it’s a family area with quite streets that Children can play in. I dislike that isn’t walkable to very many shops or train stations and lack parking.

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I love the house and the design, I think the kitchen is well equipped and to a high standard but could have more storage. The bathrooms also are really nice and the tiles that we got included are really good quality and a great size! The property management has been good there are some niggles but all major issues have been dealt with quickly.

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The visitor parking situation

What is the best feature of your home:

The living area and bedroom sizes and general layout.

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Nice place for family with kids.

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Review Date Aug 2020

The place is new, neighbors are lovely people. Bus is nearby.

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The place looks lovely, it would be much better with automatic gate. There are some naughty people other side the fence (noise, weed smokers, barking dog etc.). But the good thing the community is new. Most neighbors are good and lovely people. There are a lot of kids on the community.

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There is travellers community nearby, sometimes they are noisy.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

I have no idea, I’d never complained. Will see then I find a reason to do complaint.

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