Kingston Upon Thames – Where Independents Rule

Kingston’s best kept secrets are revealed in a new guide to the town’s top independent retailers and restaurants

The Italianate Hall in the Market Square

 

The historic town of Kingston upon Thames has long embraced the quirky, characterful and cool. Now the picturesque, riverside borough has launched a guide to the independent shops, bars and restaurants that are beloved by locals but undiscovered by visitors….until now.

Kingston boasts a booming and vibrant independent scene that sets it apart from many of the UK’s towns. From one-off vintage furniture pieces and cool under-the-radar clothing, to exotic jewellery and quirky cafes, bars, restaurants and accommodation, the secret of Kingston’s hidden gems is uncovered in a brand, new guide.

Retailers

That Vintage Shop
A treasure trove of unique, well-loved garments and accessories, where no two items are the same, That Vintage Shop invites shoppers to enjoy a leisurely peruse, relax with a cup of tea and take a trip down memory lane.
www.thatvintageshop.co.uk

Seriously Sofas
Specialising in quality, customised or bespoke sofas, sofa beds, corner and chaise units, modules, chairs, chaises and accessories, Seriously Sofas sources everything from established British and European independent suppliers. Every piece of furniture can be made in any fabric!
www.seriouslysofas.co.uk/about-us

Panacea
Panacea Health & Beauty features a diverse range of organic skincare and cosmetics, functional vitamins and herbal supplements, organic teas and health foods.
kingstonfirst.co.uk/visitkingston/findabusiness/details/500/panacea.aspx

Kaleido
Based in the Market Place, this is the only destination for unique jewellery; subtle or bold, simple or intricate, understated or flamboyant.
http://www.kaleidojewellery.co.uk/

Kingston Antiques Centre
Once Kingston’s best kept secret it is now one of the biggest, liveliest and most affordable destinations for collectors in the South-East of England with more than 100 dealers offering a startling array of antiques and quality vintage items. The large, rambling building provides space over two floors and has retained some of its original features that provide nooks and crannies framed by an imposing double staircase.
kingstonantiquescentre.co.uk/market

Pullingers Art Shop
Established in 1850, Pullingers Art Shop prides itself on maintaining a tradition of quality, reliability and friendly customer service. Beloved by professional artists, art students and those who just love creating artwork for themselves, this is the “go to” place for art supplies, stocking brands such as Winsor & Newton, Daler Rowney, Pebeo, Royal Talens and Staedtler.
www.pullingers.com

Banquet Records
Kingston-based Banquet Records does more than just stock the week’s new releases. The owners love every aspect of music, and in addition to selling records, Banquet puts on shows, clubs nights, in-store gigs and aims to help people out who care about music.
www.banquetrecords.com

Natterjacks
Natterjacks is an independently owned street-wear store. It stocks well-known brands like Adidas, Lyle & Scott and Carhartt and lesser known brands like Obey, Undefeated and Mishka, Huf, Supra and many more.
www.natterjacks.com

Restaurants

Stein’s
Stein’s is a lively Bavarian bar and restaurant serving great meat platters and traditional fare. At weekends it’s a fabulous place to relax with the family or friends over a lazy brunch, late lunch or afternoon coffee. Evenings are great for good food in a relaxed atmosphere, followed by cocktails and a party atmosphere for those staying late.
www.stein-s.com/kingston/index.php

Sblended Milkshakes
Customers are invited to challenge their taste buds with millions of magical Milkshake flavours. Whether it’s Jaffa Cake & Aero or Banana & Peanut Butter, the possibilities are endless! For something a little different, there’s the Indulgent Sblended Flurries, healthier frozen yoghurt treats or delicious hot drinks.
www.sblendedshakes.com

Cappadocia
Turkish food is renowned for its fresh ingredients, aromatic spices, and tantalising flavours and Cappadocia captures the very essence of traditional Turkish cuisine. Prepared by native chefs, the food is cooked in an open kitchen on a charcoal grill using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. The restaurant’s Thursday belly dancing evenings are very popular with Kingston residents.
www.cappadociarestaurant.co.uk

Rooms

Warren House
Privately, family-owned, Warren House is a magnificent Victorian stately home, set within beautiful landscaped gardens. The property boasts award-winning service, 46 luxury bedrooms, a stunning dining room, as well as a gym, sauna and indoor pool. Warren House is also famous for its sensational Champagne afternoon tea, which can be served in one of the lounges, the dining room or even in the garden grounds when the sun is shining. Rates start from £129 per room, per night for two, including breakfast.
www.warrenhouse.com

Chase Lodge
The cosy, intimate Chase Lodge is a 200 year-old, former magistrate’s house in charming Hampton Wick, offering just nine rooms, each individually designed. The owners pride themselves on providing a warm welcome to couples, families and pets too. Rates start from £105 for two with breakfast.
www.chaselodgehotel.com

To view the full “Independents in Kingston” guide, which features videos of the retailers and restaurants plus interviews with the owners about why they love Kingston, go to
http://www.kingstonfirst.co.uk/IndependentsGuide

For more information on visiting Kingston upon Thames call 0208 547 1221 or go to www.kingstonfirst.co.uk

About Kingston Upon Thames

The historic town of Kingston is situated on the picturesque River Thames just 12 miles from central London and a 25-minute train ride from Waterloo. Kingston comprises a colourful blend of unique independent shops, street markets and a wide selection of cafes, bars and restaurants. It also offers a rich history, thriving arts scene, great nightlife and stunning riverside location.

To read the AMG review of Kingston Upon Thames click here…

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