It was granted a royal charter in 1208 and is home to Henry VIII's, Hampton Court Palace, but many visitors to London are yet to discover the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, despite its close proximity. Ahead of SINTILLATE's launch at The Library, here's 5 things to do in Kingston-upon-Thames.
Wander the Waterways It may come as no surprise, but a stunning feature of Kingston-upon-Thames is actually the river itself. With a footpath running along the banks, its a real treat to stroll along the waters edge, watching the rowing teams glide by in training and marvelling at the various watercraft lining the banks. There are many quirky houseboats to admire, and we would definitely recommend a river cruise, its the perfect way to take a load off and watch the world go by.
Step Back in Time Kingston is steeped in history and theres plenty to explore if you fancy immersing yourself in our countrys rich heritage. Kingston was granted its first royal charter by King John in 1208, and from there grew a bustling industry including malting, tanning and candle-making. The ancient marketplace is well worth a visit, with many festivals and markets taking place throughout the year.
Shop 'til you drop! No trip to Kingston is complete without exploring at least a handful of its diverse shops. The Bentall mall has more than enough to keep even the most enthusiastic shopaholic occupied for hours. If independent shops are more your thing head for Old London Road with independent shops ranging from streetwear to art, music and interiors, there is also the Kingston Antique Centre, where you can browse for hours among its characterful two floors of vintage items.
Feast in Kingston Head to Kingston and youll be spoilt for choice for places to eat out. Theres something to suit all budgets and tastes, from Italian to Bavarian, Turkish to Nepalese, you can take a gastronomic tour of the world without travelling more than a couple of miles. There are also plenty of tempting little pastry shops to indulge your sweet tooth, not to mention street food and plenty of independent and chain cafes.
Who's round is it? As well as restaurants, there are plenty of great bars and pubs to choose from, several of which feature in the Good Pub Guide. From welcoming locals to classy wine bars, your best bet is to grab tipple in one of the riverside establishments, such as Boaters Inn. A little later into the evening then head to The Library, home to SINTILLATE's new Friday night parties! For more information click here.
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