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.

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.

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

Even more developments…

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
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Review Date Aug 2020

Fab area! 10 mins to the river and bars! 30 mins into London!

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Nice development, parking is a massive shit show! The Building quality is good and the Bathroom is nice. Bedroom is nice. The Kitchen is nice. Balcony is so so so so nice! The paint on the walls is crap! One wipe and the paint comes off! The cleaning in the communal area is pretty basic!

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The parking!

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Nice views from our balcony!!! We get the sun all day!!!!!

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Satisfied in general but some points may need to be improved.

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Review Date Aug 2020

This area is closed to A3 and also a short distance to Surbiton Station but it really needs an easy access to A3

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This development was delivered with very good design with supurb quality but there are some points that I wanted it to be improved such as lack of storage and using lower quality for a few facilities being used are downsizing but in general I am satisfied

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Well designed and constructed house gave me a lot of energy saving and helped me stay cool during the recent heatwave

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

I would like to extend my lounge to get more space and get better and more space cupboard in the kitchen.

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Great house in a very good location. Child friendly site with a strong community feel.

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Review Date Aug 2020

The transport links around the development are very good with easy access to central London as well as the M25. Kingston town centre is also only a short drive away. The downside is that there is very little in walking distance for shops or for kids.

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The house design inside and out are very pleasing. Internally the rooms are a good size and the house feels bigger inside than you would think. Likewise the garden, although overlooked, is of a good size and you never feel watched.
The outside areas are maintained regularly, although there is little to do with this respect other than the occasional grass cutting.
Car parking is an issue. The development was built with either 1 or 2 space allocations per property, but the issue is visitors…there is one space for over 100 properties and due to the design of the development there is no where else to park. There has now been a parking enforcement introduced to the site which makes having guests a bit of a nightmare.

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The site is very child friendly, children play on the site all the time. The only thing about this is they play until around 8-9pm so for those with babies trying to sleep it can be loud, but overall I’d take this over antisocial behaviour any day!

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The finish inside the house is great with bright open rooms and corridors.

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Review Date Aug 2020

Surbiton station is close-by. Non-stop service to London Waterloo. Proximity to A3.

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(1) Design – I like the overall design and colour scheme of the development. However the build quality really varies by house.
(2) Facilities – Surbiton station with non-stop service to Waterloo. Close proximity to restaurants and shops in Kingston, Surbiton, Tolworth and New Malden.
(3) Building Management – the developer could have done a better job to ensure quality control and also set expectation on parking. Owners with garages have decided to use their garage as a storeroom and park their cars on the road which has led to issues.
(4) Property Management – Gateway could have acted sooner to implement Parking enforcement. This has caused unnecessary damage to the landscaped areas.

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If you buy a house with a garage, make sure your vehicle fits.

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The designers could have provided more storage space. There is a lot of empty space that could have been better utilised.

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