Evidence of the town's Tudor heritage can be seen its buildings.
The oldest, a butcher's shop on the corner of the passage that leads to Apple Market dates back to the 15th century.
High rise residential properties are springing up throughout Kingston, particularly alongside the river.
Sandwiched between Lower Ham Road and the Thames, Canbury Gardens is a consistently popular destination for families.
However, its regular crowd are usually those with more niche leisure pursuits, as the park is home to the Kingston Rowing Club boathouse and its wide riverside pathway is a great spot for fishing.
Kingston Riverside offers high end contemporary apartments with views over the Thames, and Kingston Heights is a mixed use development combining private apartments, affordable homes and an upmarket hotel.
A new Signature care home with 92 private apartments and a specialist dementia suite opened its doors in 2014.
Sport: Kingston is a great place for sports fans as its riverside location and vast green spaces allow for all sorts of unusual team and individual sports.