Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

About the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is a borough in southwest London. Its main town is Kingston upon Thames and it includes Surbiton, Chessington, Malden Rushett, New Malden and Tolworth. It is the oldest royal borough in England, followed by Kensington and Chelsea, Greenwich in London and Windsor and Maidenhead. The local authority is Kingston upon Thames London Borough Council.


Kingston has many attractions in and near it, ranging from nature and historical attractions to theme parks.

Some of the borough's attractions are:

  • Chessington World of Adventures resort in the south of the borough. There are thousands of visitors from all over the UK who visit Chessington every year for its rides, aquarium, and zoo.
  • Thames Riverside. A walkway beside the Thames at Kingston and Surbiton, it has a variety of restaurants.
  • Coronation Stone. Situated outside The Guildhall in Kingston, this ancient rock was the crowning point of some of England's early kings.
  • Richmond Park. One of the world's largest urban parks, its Kingston Gate is situated within the borough's boundary.
  • Kingston Town Centre. With hundreds of shops, cafes and restaurants as well as an Odeon Cinema and Tenpin Bowling, Kingston Town Centre is one of London's biggest shopping destinations. A historic market has also been running in the town center for hundreds of years.
  • Rose Theatre. An 822-seat theatre in the centre of Kingston.
  • Bentall Centre (a shopping centre) is home to over 75 shops, restaurants and other boutique stores.


Sport & Leisure

The Borough of Kingston upon Thames has several football clubs in its area:

  • Kingstonian a Non-League football club who play at King George's Field
  • Corinthian Casuals a Non-League football club who play at King George's Field
  • Chessington & Hook United a Non-League football club who play at Chalky Lane
  • Epsom Athletic a defunct Non-League football club who play at Chalky Lane
  • Chelsea F.C. Women who play at the Kingsmeadow Stadium in WSL 1

Kingston boasts one of the largest and most visited shopping districts outside of central London, with a variety of high street stores and boutiques.

Bentalls, started by Frank Bentall in 1867 in Clarence Street, is Kingston's most famous shop (or at least the fully reconstructed Bentall Centre).

The oldest of London's royal parks, Richmond Park is near Kingston, Richmond, and Roehampton.



London's Kingston is the 3rd largest retail centre by employment. Lidl relocated its UK Headquarters to Kingston in 2020, as part of its expansion into the UK. Sega Amusements International, responsible for the production of arcade games outside Japan, has its head office in Chessington, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

During World War I, the famous Sopwith Camel was manufactured in the Canbury Park area of Kingston by the Sopwith Aviation Company. At the Hawker Centre near Ham, now known as the Hawker Centre, the Hawker Hurricane was designed and built in Kingston town centre.

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