Kingston is a district of South-West London, once part of Surrey and now within Kingston-upon-Thames. It is a royal borough and is so named as Saxon kings were once crowned in this historic town before the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066. Slightly more recently, Kingston was a filming location of Monty Python, hosted four of the 2012 London Summer Olympic cycling events and became home to the most extensive range of shops in the southeast, outside of central London. Great events in Kingston include Festival of the Voice, Kingston Readers’ Festival and the Kingston Food Festival, a weekend long celebration of the local edible talents, in addition to food eating challenges and cookery demonstrations. For more permanent eateries, there’s a huge range of places to choose from, including authentic Turkish restaurant Cappadocia, owner of the title ‘Best Gastropub’ in Time & Leisure magazine, The Canbury Arms and the somewhat hidden Bridges Restaurant & Cafe Bar which utilizes self-service.
A visit to Kingston isn’t complete without seeing the “Out of Order” sculpture, which involves several red telephone boxes leaning on one another in a formation which resembles toppling dominoes.