The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames lies in the southernmost parts of the English capital. It was formed on the 1st of April 1965 and covers an area of 37.25 square kilometres. According to the latest census, the borough is home to a population of approximately 176.000 people, which makes it the 105th most populous area in England. Kinston upon Thame is the location of numerous popular landmarks, parklands, museums, entertainments venues, schools and neighbourhoods that attract both locals and foreign citizens.
Berrylands, KT5, is a residential district that lies in the central parts of the borough at about 16 kilometres from the junction of Charing Cross. It has an estimate population of 9.500 people, of which most are commuters that work in the others parts of the English capital. The area shares common boundaries with other well-known local neighbourhoods such as:
- Old Malden
- New Malden
The district has four commercial areas: Alexandra Drive, Chiltern Drive, Berrylands Road and Surbiton Hill Park, which is the smallest of the group. Most of the local buildings were constructed during the 1930s, including a cluster of modernist Art Deco houses that are part of the Parkside Estate. The area is home to the sports ground of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Berrylands is connected to the remainder of the city by a number of bus routes, which pass through it on a regular basis.
The peaceful area of Hook
The suburb of Hook, KT9, lies in the southern parts of Kingston upon Thames. It has a population of about 19.000 and is situated at 19 kilometres from Charing Cross. During the 19th century, the area was part of the Surbiton Urban District. It later became a municipal borough before it was transferred in Greater London and incorporated within the boundaries of the borough. The district is home to two listed buildings: Hook Road 325, a 19th century two-storey home and Hook Road 435, a two-floor mid-17th century house that has been subjected to light alteration throughout the years. The lack of major landmarks has made the suburb a highly desirable area, which is why more and more people are moving to the district. The fact that the neighbourhood is served by Trace Elliot only facilitate newcomers as they can benefit from top of the line man and van services in Hook, and have the peace of mind that their belongings will be brought to them in a safe and efficient manner.
Chessington, KT2, is perhaps the most famous district of the borough. Located in the southern parts of Kingston upon Thames, it is home to an estimate population of 19.000. The area owes it popularity to the Chessington World of Adventures, which is one of London’s most visited theme parks. Opened in 1987 it was Britain’s first amusement venue and today has 33 rides including four roller coasters and two water rides. The park is also the location of the Chessington Zoo, which dates back to the early 1930s. The menagerie displays over 1.000 animals and is divided into seven sections. The Chessington Community College is the district’s most prominent educational facilities. Established in 1989 it is a coeducational secondary school that provides high quality education to almost 750 students from the ages of 11 to 16. The college has its own sport centre, which comprises of multi-purpose competition hall that can be used for a variety of sports such as volleyball, badminton, basketball, cricket, gymnastics, 5-aside football and more. The area is served by two railway stations, both of which were opened to the public in 1939 and serve the Chessington Branch Line from the National Rail network.
The affluent and historically rich district of Coombe
The historic neighbourhood of Coombe lies in the northernmost parts of Kingston. It has a population of over 20.000 and was once the location of the Coombe House, a large mid-18th century mansion, which was demolished later on. The area is heavily associated with the Roman Empire as numerous Roman coins and other artefacts from that era have been found in the district. The neighbourhood is also a prestigious residential area and this is proven by the fact that more and more people are choosing to move to it by using the professional man and van services in Coombe, KT2 of Trace Elliot. By hiring seasoned and licenced movers, newcomers don’t have to deal with all the hassles that are involved in a relocation.