Kingston Upon Thames is a South West borough of London. It’s particularly popular with students for its high-street shops, countless pubs and buzzing nightlife. If you happen to find yourself in Kingston for 24 hours here’s what you should do, eat and drink.
Kingston is known for its fantastic high-street, so if you’re looking to do some shopping you’re in the right place. Between the high-street and Bentall Centre you’ll find everything you need in the town centre.
When you’ve finished with your shopping take a wander to the top of the high-street. There you’ll find the falling red telephone boxes that are a backdrop to all visitors’ photos in Kingston.
For a big night out go to Pryzm, Kingston biggest nightclub. Drinks are a little expensive but entry is cheap (some nights it’s free!) and there are lots of different rooms in the club to suit all music tastes.
For a classy cocktail evening stop by The Viper Rooms Cocktail Lounge, order a cocktail of your choice and enjoy it with a stunning view of the Thames and Kingston Bridge lit up at night.
Hit up Hippodrome on Thursdays for Indie Club Night and on Fridays for Old Skool Club Classics. Drinks are cheap (most cost £2) and entry is just £4!
For breakfast or brunch stop by Côte Brasserie, a little French cafe along the Thames that serves great French toast, eggs benedict and freshly squeezed orange juice.
At lunchtime head to a local favourite Lana’s Coffee House for cheap bagels, omelettes, toasties and all-day breakfasts.
For dinner you’ve got lots of options in the town centre. Have your choice of Italian with Zizzi’s, Jamie’s Italian and Bella Italia. Or grab a pub dinner and drinks at The Ram. If the weathers nice make sure you sit in the outdoor seating area along the river under the twinkling fairy lights.
If you fancy something sweet head to Wafflemeister on the high-street and treat yourself to a gorge homemade waffle dipped in Belgian chocolate fudge. Or pop into the Bentall Centre for Millie’s Cookies or Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Grab a coffee or a smoothie at Local Hero, a small café just around the corner from the Bentall Centre.
Stop by student favourite The Mill, for a cheap evening drink or for predrinks before you head out for the night.
Of course Kingston has a Weatherspoons too, that is popular with students. So if you fancy just ordering your usual cocktail jug before you go out, stop by the spoons just across the street from Pryzm.
Whether it’s because of the shopping or the nightlife, after 24 hours in Kingston you can be sure you’ll want to come back for more! Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on our twitter page (twitter.com/Student_Wire)
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