From redeveloped industrial docklands to traditional London villages, living on The River Thames offers something for everyone. Third in our Riverside Living series, we talk to Ross Jordan, sales manager of KFH’s Kingston branch about the many charms of this riverside locale with a royal history.
Bricks and mortar
Over the last ten years Kingston has seen a large influx of new build riverside flats, from one bedroom apartments to luxury penthouses. Further along the river, you’ll find fine period family homes with gardens that back on to the water’s edge.
Tiffin School is a well regarded grammar school which prides itself on its academic achievements. 98% of students go on to study at Russell Group universities after attending Tiffin School, with around twenty pupils each year heading to Oxbridge. Bedelsford School provides children with physical difficulties and complex health needs innovative education and a challenging environment.
Kingston is neatly situated between two of London’s eight Royal Parks – Bushy Park and Richmond Park. Bushy Park is home to roaming red and fallow deer, water voles and birds of prey, while Richmond Park boasts the historic King Henry’s Mound, which provides panoramic views of London.
Located in Zone 6, trains from Kingston station run to Waterloo four times an hour, and to Twickenham twice an hour. The proposed Crossrail 2 would provide Kingston residents with easy access to north London and beyond.
Where to go
Kingston riverside is home to a plethora of restaurants including well known chains Bills, Cote and Comptoir Libanais. Further down the river you’ll find independent restaurants, such as Stein’s, a Bavarian bar and restaurant, Woody’s, a bar and kitchen serving locally sourced food, and Riverside Vegetaria, who cater for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets.
The Rose Theatre is the largest producing theatre in south west London. Past productions include The Wars of the Roses, directed by Sir Trevor Nunn, and The Witches, an adaption of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel.
Kingston also boasts a large IMAX cinema complex, which includes a David Lloyd gym and bowling alley.
Looking to the future
With the huge variety of property available in Kingston, we see a constant stream of buyers looking to move to the area. The majority of buyers tend to be people moving out of central London looking for larger, more affordable houses, exceptional schools and large green open spaces. With constant improvement programmes being undertaken in the town centre, we’ll continue to see this influx.
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