One of West London’s most stylish areas, Kingston apartments have great transport links to central London. With contemporary design, spacious interiors, added privacy and great views, Kingston is a perfect place to stay if you’re looking for accommodation outside of London. Whatever the reason for visiting Kingston, serviced accommodation can turn that city break or business trip into one to remember forever. Chosen and maintained to exacting standards, all serviced apartments from TheSqua.re guarantee comfort and convenience for the guests that choose them, offering stylish, spacious properties in some of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Acting as private travel hubs, these apartments allow visitors to come and go at their own pace, conducting their business in the area from a veritable home away from home. Not only this, but TheSqua.re also ensures that all serviced accommodation is selected for its desirable location, meaning that guests will never be too far from local landmarks or public transport hubs.
Some of the best serviced apartments near Kingston include:
Boasting a range of services and modern amenities, including built-in kitchens, private access, entertainment facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi, room cleaning and concierge where available, these luxury rental apartments are fast becoming one of the most popular options for those looking for accommodation in Kingston for the long term or the short.
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As a commuter town, Kingston is an ideal destination for those looking to do business in the big city. The city of London is just a short journey away by train or car, with the many commercial opportunities and global brands that occupy its financial districts. Staying in London can be pricy though, which is where corporate accommodation in Kingston comes in.
For those on a budget, or simply those who prefer the suburbs to the city centre, serviced apartments from TheSqua.re can be excellent options for business travellers. Bespoke living spaces, all of our corporate accommodation is designed with its guests in mind, guaranteeing comfortable and convenient stays in some of the most popular destinations in the world. Featuring fully-equipped kitchens, flatscreen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and much, much more, these apartments can help even the busiest resident unwind after a long day, ensuring every trip is a productive and profitable one.
Kingston is also a convenient destination for those looking for a weekend getaway or city break. With numerous local attractions, as well as easy access to the capital, Kingston can be a great place to stay for any families or solo travellers looking to experience the best of London and Surrey in equal measure.
Close to a number to popular amusement parks and sites of national historic interest, holiday accommodation in Kingston likewise benefits from its proximity to the galleries, museums and landmarks of London, and the picturesque scenery of rural England. Whatever is on the agenda, serviced apartments from TheSqua.re can accommodate for quiet evenings in and nights on the town, thanks to its home-cooking and entertainment facilities. Plus, the cosy bedrooms allow guests to be well-rested for the next day, ensuring they make the most out of any trip away.
With a history dating back to the ninth century AD, at which time the town was known as ‘Cyninges tun’, Kingston was the official property of the Saxon kings, making it one of the earliest royal boroughs. The first surviving record of the town dates from 838 AD as the site of a meeting between King Egbert of Wessex and Ceolnoth, then the Archbishop of Canterbury. Formerly located on the boundary between two kingdoms, that of Wessex and Mercia, it became part of the kingdom of England when the two were united in the early tenth century by King Athelstan. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle details the consecration of two kings in Kingston: King Aethelstan in 925, and Aethelred the Unready in 978. These consecrations were likely conducted in the ancient chapel of St. Mary, which collapsed in 1730. The consecration stone can be seen to this day outside the local Guildhall.
For much of the 20th century, Kingston was a major manufacturer of military aircraft, including the Sopwith Camel, Hurricane, and Harrier planes. Though much of the industry has now been retired from the town, examples of this legacy can be seen in the nearby Brooklands Museum in Weybridge. In recent years, Kingston has developed into a university town, thanks to the growth and development of Kingston Polytechnic (now simply called Kingston University).
Less expensive than some of the surrounding area, the cost of living in Kingston can fluctuate depending on one’s location. Rental apartments in the town centre can range between £1,500-£2,000 per month, depending on the number of bedrooms, while apartments outside the centre may cost somewhere between £700-£1,000 per month. This means that serviced accommodation from TheSqua.re can be a cheaper option for longer-term residents, particularly given the many perks associated with extended stays.
Day to day costs obviously vary depending on the activity. Like the rest of the UK, Kingston benefits from the NHS, meaning that huge healthcare costs are not an issue. Residents may need to pay for private or cosmetic surgery or dental care, but these will still be minimal. Dining out can range from £11 to £50, depending on the calibre of the restaurant. For those likely to be coming and going a lot, travel costs can mount up, so it is advised to look into purchasing a monthly travel pass (for buses) or railcard (for use on any National Rail service).
From paid day trips to fun freebies, there is plenty for visitors to see and do local to Kingston. Whatever the reason for visiting, these are just a few suggestions to help guests make the most out of their leisure time:
Q. What are the most popular things to do in Kingston?
Here are just a few of the many opportunities for entertainment and enjoyment to act as the cherry on top of any stay:
Q. What are some free things to do in Kingston?
Here are some great ways of passing the time in Kingston without breaking the bank:
Q. Does Kingston have many romantic attractions?
Aside from a number of classy bars and eateries, there are a number of gorgeous open green spaces, such as the nearby Bushy Park and Richmond Park, Ham House, Marble Hill House, and a good old-fashioned moonlit stroll by the riverside. River cruises are also available during the summer months, with round trips to Richmond and Hampton Court taking roughly 70 minutes.
Q. What are the most family-friendly things to do in Kingston?
Depending on the season, The Rose Theatre in the town centre frequently puts on suitable shows for both children and adults. Previous productions include Zog, The Cat In The Hat and The Snow Queen. The town also features an Odeon, showcasing the latest movies, a leisure centre, and ten pin bowling. The nearby Chessington World of Adventures is a great day out for kids of all ages, with plenty of fun (and learning) to be found.
With a history dating back over a thousand years and an up-and-coming cultural scene, there is plenty to keep visitors entertained. Here are a few of the top places to visit in Kingston and the surrounding area:
Whatever is on the agenda, dining out is always an option in Kingston. The town is littered with a huge number of excellent restaurants and eateries serving a diverse range of cuisine. In the tradition of most British towns, there are plenty of traditional pubs from which to choose, including The Canbury Arms, The Wych Elm and The Druid’s Head, itself notable as one of the first taverns to make the famous dessert syllabub in the 18th century. In addition, there are plenty of chains and independent establishments offering great meals for any budget, from Italian to Chinese, Indian and more.
Here are some of our favourite places to eat in Kingston:
Though less well-known as a shopping destination than some of its immediate neighbours, Kingston still offers plenty of opportunities for retail therapy to both long term and short term residents. The town centre is littered with many high street chains and local ware sellers, providing a great selection in the way of fashion, food and technology close to home.
Some of the best places to shop in Kingston include:
For those who find themselves irresistibly drawn to high-end boutiques and iconic department stores, or simply those who cannot find what they are looking for locally, Kingston residents can also benefit from close proximity to one of the best shopping destinations in the world: the city of London itself. From Oxford Street and Covent Garden to Westfields and Camden Market, visitors can easily lose a day exploring the sights and delights of the capital’s unique retail hotspots, great for families and solo travellers alike!
Though part of the Greater London area, Kingston sadly does not benefit from the exceptionally useful Underground system. The town instead offers regular National Rail Services throughout the wider county from either of its two main stations: Kingston Main and Norbiton. These stations also offer easy access to Central London, with departures to Waterloo every ten minutes (day dependent). The price of a ticket can range from £6-8, but railcards are available for seniors, groups, and travellers under 30.
For local journeys, there are numerous reliable bus routes throughout the town that offer easy access to Kingston’s public hotspots, such as the university, station and shopping centre. In addition, much of the town is very pedestrian-friendly, so commuting on foot is always an option whenever fresh air and a change of scenery is on the cards. Though Kingston has no airport, London Heathrow can be reached in around 20 minutes by bus or taxi, ideal for those overnight stopovers or frequently-flying residents.
Finally, for those with access to their own vehicle, the major road A3 is a short distance to the south of Kingston’s town centre, enabling visitors to get out and explore the surrounding counties in no time at all. Journeys into Central London by car typically take around 40 minutes, while a half-hour drive in the other direction will see travellers into the nearby Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the superbly photogenic vistas it provides. What’s not to like?
Due to its generally temperate climate, the weather in the UK can often be difficult to predict, and Kingston is no exception. During winter, the temperature can easily drop to below freezing during the coldest months, while summers in July and August can be dry and balmy, with temperatures ranging into the high twenties and above. Visitors, however, should not necessarily the weather to remain the same, and so longer-term residents are encouraged to pack for all weathers, just in case. We recommend visiting in September, as this month usually offers warm, balmy days with cool and comfortable evenings, allowing travellers to make the most out of their stay.