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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Top Rated Developments in Kingston Upon Thames

Kew Gardens

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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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.

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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.

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

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Tolworth Square and Gateway Management Review

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Review Date Aug 2020

Surbiton is a lovely area with lots of restaurants and a selection of shops including most banks, post office and a supermarket. Surbiton train station has very good transport links, making it easy to get into London or elsewhere in Surrey. Tolworth train station does not have as many links and trains are not very frequent (every 30 mins). Tolworth Broadway is rather rundown with not much shopping except a couple of supermarkets.

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Gateway Property management is awful!!! They do not maintain any of the plants and the entrance to the development is very scruffy! They have just implemented 24 hour parking restrictions meaning we are unable to have any visitors to our house as the development does not have enough visitor spaces. I would not have brought this property if I had known about the parking restrictions! The playground/ park that was designed and installed for the kids is literally one slide and two springs. The entrance road is a private road which is meant to be paid for by the residents within the maintenance fee, however we have to share the road with the school and local gymnastics club. The gymnastics club do not have enough parking, therefore park on the entry road, meaning it can be difficult at times. The school is a very good school and I would recommend the development if you have young children. Location is very suited to us and only a short walk from Surbiton and Tolworth with good transport links. House is well designed and has a reasonable sized garden.

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

Only problem is the maintenance company and parking restrictions that have just been implemented!

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