If you’ve moved to Kingston to study and you’re looking for something fun to do, here are five activities to help you fall in love with the area:
- Stroll Through an Ancient Market
If you’re looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through the Ancient Market Place. It has over 20 permanent stalls and the spirit of a bustling market from centuries ago. Close by is shopping-haven Bentall Centre, which was built in 1935. It has an atrium ceiling higher than the nave of Westminster Abbey!
- Visit Old London Road
David Mach’s toppling phone boxes named ‘Out of Order’ is a must-see. This modern art installation on Old London Road is a site of 12 red telephone boxes, leaning against each other and falling over like dominoes. This peculiar artwork has been a tourist attraction since 1989.
- Visit Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is a Tudor Palace that dates back to 1236 and is one of the surviving palaces owned by Henry VIII. It’s situated a few miles from Kingston-upon-Thames Bridge and can be reached by train or bus. Visit this incredible building with its rich history and spectacular garden and river views for a lovely day out.
- Embrace the Outdoors in Richmond Park
Spending a day in one of London’s eight Royal Parks is one of the best things to do in Kingston. Richmond Park is a National Nature Reserve, and you’ll be mesmerised by the open spaces, animal and plant life and ancient trees.
- Enjoy the Kingston Nightlife
Kingston’s nightlife has a wonderful mix of student clubs and more sophisticated venues where you can enjoy discounts and specials for Kingston student night. Head to Banquet Records where you’ll be able to enjoy live bands in a music shop! This old school record shop attracts music fans from all around London and is definitely worth a visit.
If you want to be in the middle of this thriving university town with easy access to all it has to offer, Fresh offers the ideal student accommodation options in Kingston.