Frequency of work
Supply work isn’t high in this south-western borough, however it’s a good spot to settle for longer term jobs in the area and surrounding boroughs if you wish to live away from the hustle and bustle.
Cost of accommodation
Kingston upon Thames is a predominately affluent borough with property prices on the up.
Located just 12 miles from the centre of London, is well connected by rail and road. Trains into London Waterloo frequent every 15 minutes with a short journey of 30 minutes. Access to the motorway is easy with the M25 a short distance away. Although the area is not serve by London Underground, there are nine rail stations covering zone 4-6. London Heathrow Airport is a 30 minute drive-away.
Vibe, type of people that live there
This historic town has a relaxed atmosphere and ideal for those searching for a slower pace of life, whilst retaining good rail links into London and a busy, university-town-centre.
Kingston town centre is buzzing with a wide spectrum of retailers including large department stores centred in and round the Bentall Centre, with smaller shops and market stalls in the historic Market Place. Arts and culture pivot around the Rose Theatre and the Arthur Cotterell Theatre. This youthful university-town has birthed some great comedy clubs, art galleries, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and a colourful café culture. Travel a few miles from the town centre and spend the day at Chessington World of Adventures, or enjoy one of the Royal parks – Richmond or Bushy Park.
Why choose Kingston upon Thames?
Choose Kingston upon Thames for its low crime rate, colourful university town, excellent transport links and good range of schools.
Surbiton may be known as a “sleepy commuter town”, but we’d actually really like to keep it that way! Despite only being a 15 minute commute into Waterloo, Surbiton has a real village feel, making it the perfect location for young professionals and families alike. Nestled between Kingston (historically known as Kingstown where Saxon kings were crowned), Teddington, and Ham, it’s a really ‘outdoorsy’ place to live, with the Thames Path National Trail running right by us and Box Hill only a bicycle ride away.
Running through the centre of town is leafy Maple Road, the site of the monthly farmers market and a number of independent shops and eateries including The Antelope, which serves seasonal pub grub and a number of locally brewed beers. It’s also where I intend to live one day (Maple Road that is, not The Antelope), but with house prices over the million mark I will need to win the lotto first! A stone’s throw from the river and Bushy Park, summers in Surbiton are spent picnicking in the park with the deer or lazing at the Lido. In winter I love heading to the Christmas markets in Kingston or ice-skating in front of Hampton Court Palace.
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