We’re delighted to share with you what’s on in Surrey – more specifically, Kingston upon Thames. Known for its famed shopping destinations, this welcoming market town is full of history and the perfect shopping destination thanks to a mixture of independent, high street and designer shops.
If you’re looking for a characterful and thriving independent shopping scene, then Kingston has to be on your list of places to visit. Some of our favourite destinations include Kingston Antiques Centre (discover 100 dealers and their antique/vintage items), Pullingers Art Shop (established in 1850 and the only place to go for art supplies in the area) and Banquet Records (not just vinyl or the latest album – shows, gigs and club nights are staples of this beloved independent music shop). If you want to sample food as you browse all while treading on an ancient market site, then the aptly named Ancient Market is a must-visit and open 7 days a week.
The Bentall Centre is a shopping destination that cannot be missed during a visit to Kingston. Boasting unique architecture and a vast array of high-street names (there are 75 stores that stock more than 1000 brands), it is rightly one of the largest shopping centres around thanks to 13.4 million shoppers visiting each year. You can see a comprehensive list of all the brands housed there by clicking this link.
Eden Walk shopping centre offers everything – independent stores, well-known names and spots to eat and drink. This shopping centre houses 28 of the UK’s favourite retailers including M&S, Boots and Heal’s. Refurbished in 2010, it is easily accessible thanks to being built on all one level – it even has its own parking.
Christian Dior, MaxMara, Ralph Lauren, Jaeger, Thomas Sabo, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood, YSL and many more designer brands can be found in Bentalls. Should you be looking for the latest designer bag, a must-have clothing piece or simply want to browse, Kingston is the perfect location for a comfortable shopping experience.
You can reach Kingston in less than 10 minutes by car, so why not make your shopping day a worthwhile break by staying at Mitre Hotel Hampton Court? You’ll struggle to find more welcoming or conveniently located hotels near Kingston, that’s for sure.