Independent shops, restaurants and hotels in Kingston

Independents make shopping in Kingston extra-special

Big retail chains form the foundations of any thriving shopping destination but it’s the ‘independents’ which give a town centre personality and that ‘must go back ‘ factor. Kingston First have put together an essential guide to the quirky, characterful and cool shops, restaurants and places to stay here in Kingston.

Retailers

 

Seriously Sofas seriouslysofas.co.uk

Specialising in quality, customised or bespoke sofas, sofa beds, corner and chaise units, modules, chairs, chaises and accessories, Seriously Sofas sources everything from established British and European independent suppliers. Every piece of furniture can be made in any fabric! Crown Arcade, Union Street

Panacea

Panacea Health & Beauty features a diverse range of organic skincare and cosmetics, functional vitamins and herbal supplements, organic teas and health foods. Ground Floor, Bentall Centre

Kaleido kaleidojewellery.co.uk

Based in the Market Place, this is the only destination for unique jewellery; subtle or bold, simple or intricate, understated or flamboyant. Market Place, Kingston

Kingston Antiques Centre  kingstonantiquescentre.co.uk

Once Kingston’s best kept secret it is now one of the biggest, liveliest and most affordable destinations for collectors in the South-East of England with more than 100 dealers offering a startling array of antiques and quality vintage items. The large, rambling building provides space over two floors and has retained some of its original features that provide nooks and crannies framed by an imposing double staircase. London Road

Pullingers Art Shop pullingers.com

Established in 1850, Pullingers Art Shop prides itself on maintaining a tradition of quality, reliability and friendly customer service. Beloved by professional artists, art students and those who just love creating artwork for themselves, this is the “go to” place for art supplies, stocking brands such as Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Pebeo, Royal Talens and Staedtler. Fife Road

Banquet Records banquetrecords.com

Kingston-based Banquet Records does more than just stock the week’s new releases. The owners love every aspect of music, and in addition to selling records, Banquet puts on shows, clubs nights, in-store gigs and aims to help people out who care about music. Eden Street

Natterjacks natterjacks.com

Natterjacks is an independently owned street-wear store. It stocks well-known brands like Adidas, Lyle & Scott and Carhartt and lesser known brands like Obey, Undefeated and Mishka, Huf, Supra and many more. Fife Road

Restaurants

Stein’s stein-s.com

Stein’s is a lively Bavarian bar and restaurant serving great meat platters and traditional fare. At weekends it’s a fabulous place to relax with the family or friends over a lazy brunch, late lunch or afternoon coffee. Evenings are great for good food in a relaxed atmosphere, followed by cocktails and a party atmosphere for those staying late. Riverside

Sblended Milkshakes sblendedshakes.com

Customers are invited to challenge their taste buds with millions of magical Milkshake flavours. Whether it’s Jaffa Cake & Aero or Banana & Peanut Butter, the possibilities are endless! For something a little different, there’s the Indulgent Sblended Flurries, healthier frozen yoghurt treats or delicious hot drinks. Clarence Street

Cappadocia cappadociarestaurant.co.uk

Turkish food is renowned for its fresh ingredients, aromatic spices, and tantalising flavours and Cappadocia captures the very essence of traditional Turkish cuisine. Prepared by native chefs, the food is cooked in an open kitchen on a charcoal grill using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. The restaurant’s Thursday belly dancing evenings are very popular with Kingston residents. Station Buildings, Fife Road

Rooms

Warren House warrenhouse.com

Privately, family-owned, Warren House is a magnificent Victorian stately home, set within beautiful landscaped gardens. The property boasts award-winning service, 46 luxury bedrooms, a stunning dining room, as well as a gym, sauna and indoor pool. Warren House is also famous for its sensational Champagne afternoon tea, which can be served in one of the lounges, the dining room or even in the garden grounds when the sun is shining. Rates start from £129 per room, per night for two, including breakfast. Warren Road KT2 7HY

Chase Lodge chaselodgehotel.com

The cosy, intimate Chase Lodge is a 200 year-old, former magistrate’s house in charming Hampton Wick, offering just nine rooms, each individually designed. The owners pride themselves on providing a warm welcome to couples, families and pets too. Rates start from £105 for two with breakfast. 10 Park Road KT1 4AS

To view the full “Independents in Kingston” guide, which features videos of the retailers and restaurants plus interviews with the owners about why they love Kingston, go to kingstonfirst.co.uk/IndependentsGuide