Speedy Travels – Kingston Upon Thames

Speedy has been so busy with his same day bookings over the last few weeks, that he hasn’t been reporting his speedy travels back to us. This week he had a spare moment to tell us about Kingston Upon Thames a town in south-west London.


Kingston is predominantly a busy bustling retail centre, with a number of commercial offices and civic buildings based centrally. Home to the “Bentalls Centre”, Kingston Upon Thames offers a range of department stores and popular high street shops. An unusual sight in Kingston is several disused red telephone boxes, tipped up to lean against one another in a domino like arrangement. The interesting sculpture (pictured above) by David Mach was commissioned in 1988 and is described by the author as “anti-minimalist”. If you fancy visiting this sculpture, it’s located in central Kingston, outside Wilkinson’s.

London Waterloo is accessible via the South West Trains that service Kingston Upon Thames railway station. This makes it a popular home town for those working in parts of London. Kingston railway station also provides lines to Shepperton, Sunbury on Thames, Kempton Market, Richmond and Clapham Junction.

Kingston has hosted markets for over 800 years, with the earliest recorded market, taking place there in the 13th Century. Kingston Upon Thames Ancient market is open six days a week, Monday – Saturday, from 9am – 5pm.

Kingston upon Thames is twinned with Oldenburg in Germany.

photo credit: @Doug88888 via photopin cc

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