Kingston is not just beautiful it’s also historically rich with royal connections dating back over a thousand years. It has been the coronation site for as many as 7 Saxon Kings and some relics still remain including the 12th century Clattern Bridge (London’s oldest bridge) and the Coronation stone. But in true British style, the old sits comfortably with the new (it’s so worth visiting Old London Road to see ‘Out Of Order’ – a David Mach art commission). For more recommendations – fit for any of those seven Saxon Kings – we’ve compiled a list below.
Canbury Secret Café
Perched on the edge of the Thames sits this cute little café serving one of the best artisan coffees around. It’s perfect location means it’s a great little stop-off on the way into centre. Ps, the gelato is to-do-for.
Kingston Riverside Club, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5AJ
The Boaters Inn
We love this riverside beer garden (particularly in summer when the BBQ menu is out in full force) but even in winter the idyllic setting is splendid and the menu (offering full Sunday roasts and steak and ale pies) keeps us coming back.
Canbury Gardens, Lower Ham Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 5AU
Wags N Tales
For the perfect Sunday brunch we love Wags N Tales – the laid back, homely vibes make it ideal whether you’re with friends or having some quiet alone time.
7-9 Brighton Rd, Surbiton, KT6 5LX
For a little arts and culture, Kingston proudly presents Rose Theatre which not only hosts plays, but also exhibitions, stand ups and orchestra. It’s one of the best creative venues in London with something to suit everyone. See what’s on here.
24-26 High St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL
This is a vegetarian and vegans delight. We love the bright, colourful bowls of food that scream goodness and health, and the menu is super exciting; offering everything from Jamaican stew to South India dosas.
64 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HN
Ever fancied Bavarian food and drink? Try Stein’s Kingston; an unassuming restaurant and bar that is perfect for a pre/post theatre dinner, family occasions or fun get-togethers with friends.
56 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HN
There is only one place to go for breakfast in Kingston – Local Hero. Fresh, homemade food (and cakes) with a cup of their famously smooth coffee is what keeps locals coming back for more.
22 Thames Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1PE
Hampton Court Palace
For a fabulous day out, head to Hampton Court Palace – a feast for the eyes and if you’re a history buff then a feast for your mind too. Coming up from November 24th is the famous ice rink and check out their other events here.
Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU