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New to Kingston? Here's our go-to guide

By FreshSocial 24 Sep 2018

Congratulations on move to a whole new city...

Kingston-upon-Thames is a great place to live and you're going to LOVE it.

You're less than an hour from Central London, Hounslow and Croydon are next door and you have lots of things to explore in town too so it's looking good!

If you're not sure where the best places are in Kingston, you're in the right place:

Let's start with shopping...
Kingston has lots of amazing places to shop under one roof -  Bentalls. The huge shopping centre has 75 stores including big high street names and a department store so you're guaranteed to find the thing you're looking for. Don't forget to ask for that student discount though...

Best places to grab some food...
With London being such a diverse place, you can understand why you've got a lot of choices when it comes to food. If you walk along the Riverside, you'll find independent pubs and some high street favourites. But wander down to the Ancient Market and you'll find the best street food in town. Have a nosy at UberEats in your area too - it's pretty impressive!

For your caffeine fix...
We know all too well that sometimes you need that pick-me-up that only caffeine can provide. Kingston has lots of quirky cafés and coffee shops to explore - Local Hero is one of the most popular. Cakewalk Patisserie & Coffee House boasts about having the best coffee in town and their breakfast pastries are amazing. It'd be rude to not give it a try...

When you're in the mood to explore...
If you've got an afternoon off uni or if your parents are coming down for the weekend then Out of Order is a pretty impressive landmark to see as are Hampton Court Palace and Richmond Park. When the sun comes out, walking alongside the Thames and sitting out with a drink or reading a book is a treat you don't get everywhere.

Time to catch a show...
The best place to go for a gig or show is Rose Theatre. Keep an eye out for things happening here because some are very inexpensive and you can even BYOC (bring your own cushion) and watch a show on the floor at the front for the ultimate front-row experience. It'll save you some money too!

You're dying for a drink...
Sometimes uni can get a bit full on and you just need to chill out with your friends in a pub or beer garden. There are a few that you need to be aware of - The Kings Tun (your nearest Wetherspoons) for a burger and pint kinda vibe, The Fighting Cocks is a cool rock music venue and The Ram is your traditional British cosy local with an amazing beer garden next to the river.

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How to get into the City...
If that isn't enough, we mentioned earlier that Central London isn't far away (12 miles to be exact) so you can always jump on the bus or train. The easier way is on the overground train from Kingston - it'll only take you about half an hour to get to Waterloo and then you can explore to your heart's content.

Kingston is a great place to live because you've got a little bit of everything - enjoy!

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