Take a trip up the Thames this August Bank Holiday, to the much-loved Hampton Court…
Kingston-upon-Thames is a popular shopping destination in the South West of Greater London. It lies within the M25 around 15 kilometres (10.5 miles) South West of Central London. It is on the River Thames and flanked by Richmond Park and Bushy Park. Hampton Court, Wimbledon and Richmond are within easy reach. You can get to Kingston from London Waterloo by train in 30 minutes. (15 minutes to Surbiton Station which is a short bus ride or 20 minute walk from Kingston)
By car and parking
Kingston is close to M25, M3 and A3 and around 15 miles from Heathrow Airport and 30 miles from Gatwick Airport.
Kingston is well served by car parks (7,000 spaces) Like any shopping area, you’ll risk being stuck in queues at the weekends.
Listed below are the main car parks with post code for your satnav:
Bentall Centre A and B car parks
John Lewis car park
Ashdown Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2NH
Fairfield North, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2QY
Rose: Kent Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 (Handy for Rose Theatre)
Bittoms Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2AG
Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1BW
Cycling in Kingston
Cycling in and around Kingston has benefited from serious investment which has created a huge network of cycle lanes. Bike parking is much easier though bike theft is a problem.
Cycling by the Thames in Kingston: Heading towards Richmond on the riverside is a scenic journey and the pathway is multi-use. Drop into Petersham Nurseries or Holly Hocks for lunch. Crossing Kingston Bridge, the Towpath, though multi use in parts, also takes you though a beautiful stretch of the river up to Hampton Court.
Local cycling club: kingstonwheelers.com
The river walks are beautiful at any time of year. You have to leave the riverside at the end of Queen Elizabeth Walk in Surbiton but othersise, you can take a long, meandering stroll along the 8 mile stretch from Richmond past Kingston to Surbiton.
Walk London routes London Loop Walks (TFL)