Kingston is one of the best towns in London to spend the summer. The river and antient market give the town a relaxed cool European vibe, with all the benefits of a busy city.

There is every type of shop you could want, from designer to budget friendly. You can catch a train, bus or boat here all the way from central London. And when you need a break from all that spending? Cool down by the river with an icy drink and a live band to keep things entertaining. Here is our top ten places in Kingston you probably didn’t know about.

  1. Poor Boys

This friendly little restaurant sells a selection of food to take your taste buds all the way to New Orleans. Fresh sea food, hot dogs and a great selection of American drinks. It’s little, but packs a whole load of punch. Be careful, if you’re not looking for it you are likely to miss it! You can find Poor Boys in the Griffen Centre close to the river.

  1. Woodys

Woodys is a trendy bar and restaurant on the river, it has half pipe seating booths, skate boards as seats and live bands and unique events such as quizzes, art classes and cooking demos every night and the best selection of food all freshly made in house. What more could you want?

8 Clas Ohlsen

Now every student should know this shop! If your student accommodation is crying out for some personal touches, then this store has all those things you didn’t know you needed. From practical lights, binders, pens and paper to cushion covers and quirky lamps that are just so pretty.

  1. Las Iguanas

You may know this restaurant for its authentic Latin American food, but did you know in the evening they turn the restaurant into a dance floor with a DJ and 2 4 1 cocktails? The drinks are fresh, original and made in front of your with so much flare its’s a show of it own.

6 The Kingston Museum

The Kingston Museum is full of relics from Kingston’s past, if you are going to be living in this town then you need to give this place a visit. It will fill you with local knowledge and trivia. Spend 10 minutes in here chatting to the staff and you will know Kingston just like a local. Kingston Museum is close to the cattle market, there is also a great little market here on Monday mornings, a tradition that has been going for 100’s of years.

5 Clattern Bridge

Clattern Bridge is the oldest bridge still in function in the UK, built in 1175 and its still going strong today! You are likely to walk over this bridge every day without even knowing! Keep an eye out for the signs near Wagamama for a little read up on this relic of Kingston. Across the road you will find the Kings stone,  the Coronation Stone is an ancient sarsen stone block which is believed to have been the site of the coronation of seven Anglo-Saxon kings.

  1. Go Boat London

If you want an adventure and to see Kingston from a different view then this is the best option for you! Grab your friends and a pick nick and head down to see one of the friendly people at Go Boat.  You can rent your own boat and become your own skipper for the day! This really is the best way to see Kingston!

3 Turk Launches

Either side of Kingston there is a pier, if you stand at on one of these piers soon enough a vintage paddle steamer will come and pick you up and sail you away to picturesque Hampton Court or Richmond. Along the way you will see Kingston in a completely different way, from its community of house boaters tending to their gardens, small islands with their hidden BBQ areas to swans and wildlife bobbing down the river.  Turks boats come with comfy seating and a bar on board, sit back with a Pimms and take in the beautiful views.

2 All Saints Church

This church has been in Kingston for 100’s of years and has adapted with every change since then to keep welcoming everyone. With beautiful 360 garden it’s the perfect place to escape the noise and have a quick lunch on the grass, or head inside for a friendly and peaceful experience in the church café. Keep an eye out, they even have live music some evenings!

1 .Canbury Secret

My personal favourite, and Kingston’s best kept secret! Stroll down the river into Canbury gardens, and just when you think your lost… You will see a little café with the best selection of ice cream and cakes you have ever witnessed. Take a seat on a sunny day and watch the quirky boats of Kingston sail down the river or join in the outdoor Yoga class for and leave feeling refreshed and calm. There is also tennis, running clubs and if that’s all too health for you there is also a lovely pub!  There is a great sense of community and relaxation in Canbury Gardens, a real gem of Kingston.