Kingston upon Thames Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Kingston upon Thames

This pretty and ancient market town is leafy, commuter territory and neighbour to Surrey's answer to Disneyland, Chessington World of Adventures. Lying on a very pretty stretch of the River Thames, Kingston has become an important shopping mecca for London's bargain-hunters who view it as a more sophisticated alternative to the bustle of Oxford Street. Attracting leisure-shoppers has become a very important aspect of the local economy with small and retail businesses making up a significant portion of the borough's wealth-generation.

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is in south-west London and has the smallest population of any of London's boroughs with around 160,000 residents. Around a fifth of residents are from a black and minority ethnic background, and the borough is home to one of the largest Korean communities outside Korea. Kingston is relatively wealthy and ranks as the third least deprived area in London despite certain pockets of deprivation remaining.

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Regions & Neighbourhoods in Kingston upon Thames

Affluent Kingston is renowned for its shopping, with a mixture of high street shops and more expensive boutiques lining the town centre’s main streets, as well the Bentall shopping centre, containin...
Tolworth is, in case you don’t know, located in the borough of Kingston, south of Surbiton and Malden. Much of Tolworth is residential, with 1930s semi-detached houses, although there is a small sho...
New Malden
This suburb in the borough of Kingston is the unlikely home of a large community of Korean expats, the largest in Europe to be precise. Korean food lovers have plenty of restaurants and supermarkets t...
Surbiton is regarded by many as the epitome of well-to-do, middle class suburbia. It was featured in the 1970’s BBC sitcom The Good Life, where a couple move here to become self-sufficient by growin...

Neighbouring Boroughs

Richmond upon Thames
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Wandsworth, lying west of central London is a largely residential area and wealthier than the London average. It is a vibrant area made up of many young and middle-aged professionals and families and...
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The borough of Sutton lies on the outer circle of Greater London to the south. It is a large and diverse borough, but is generally classified as part of the suburban commuter belt of London and as suc...

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