Kingston Upon Thames, UK

First recorded in a document in 838, the medieval market town of Kingston is now a colourful mix of unique shops, themed markets, street performances and numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. And with its thriving arts scene, children’s festivals, great nightlife and riverside location, Kingston is a popular shopping and entertainment destination.

Situated on the banks of the Thames, Kingston is just 12 miles from the centre of London and a 25 minute train ride from Waterloo. It’s within easy access of Kew Gardens, Richmond and Bushy Parks and has a number of popular family attractions right on its doorstep including Hampton Court Palace, Wimbledon Tennis and Chessington World of Adventures.

Kingston has a rich aviation history and 2012 sees the celebration of the centenary of Thomas Sopwith, of Sopwith Camel fame. It’s a hundred years since he moved his factory to the town. Also dear reader, during the 2012 London Olympics, Kingston was home to the cycling time trial event won by the fantastic British rider, Sir Bradley Wiggins . Sir Bradley was the first British cyclist ever to win the Tour de France. Allez les Rosbifs alors !! (Translation available or if you prefer why not go on one of our fantastic French language courses in Antibes in the South of France.)

So, what do you want to do first? Stroll along the Thames towpath, shop in one of over 500 stores, explore the Kingston Antiques Centre or soak up some culture at an art exhibition? Or perhaps grab a coffee in one of the many cafes while you make up your mind? 

Accredited by these organisations : ICEF, English UK