Kingston-Upon-Thames Area Guide
Kingston-upon-Thames is an affluent medieval town. Its short commute to London and its excellent motorway network means it attracts professionals with young families. Its unrivalled connectivity across the south west of London means Kingston dominates the retailing world in this part of London. It attracts shoppers from a range of destinations including Epsom and Richmond. With a shopping population of almost 500,000, it ranks 14th out of the 200 PMA’s retail centres. Kingston is also ranked 12th in terms of consumer spend.
Kingston’s town centre is also witnessing three substantial renovations. The character filled Ancient Market Place renovation has recently completed, and maintains its market feel. Eden Walk is undergoing a £400m regeneration by British Land and pension fund managers USS. While the main attraction to the area, The Bentall Centre, will experience a renovation over the next 18 months providing a three storey H&M, a cinema and four new restaurants; it has also seen an influx of new entrants such as ‘& Other Stories’ and quirky stationers Typo.
Good to know:
- It is the oldest of the four Royal Boroughs in England.
- The oldest surviving bridge in London is the Clattern Bridge at Kingston, dating back to the 12th century.
- The Korean population in New Malden is estimated to be the largest in Europe.
- London Borough of Kingston upon Thames has a very low housing supply pipeline, with less than 500 units currently under construction.
- Kingston borough has the fastest upload speed (of 4.6 mbps)