Our Neighbourhood Guide: Kingston

This week our neighbourhood guide explores the picturesque town of Kingston. We’ve asked the lovely Jackie from our John Lewis concession in Kingston to give us her insider tips on how to make the most of your trip to the area. From riverside restaurants, to the perfect cocktail bar or a visit to a UNESCO world heritage site, we have the best activities to keep you and your whole family entertained. Jackie also shares with us her favourite pieces from our AW17 Collection!

1. What is the one must-see sight/place to visit in your neighbourhood? 

Kingston’s riverside is perfect for a leisurely stroll on a summer’s day or dining alfresco. Also take a look at the nearby square with its ancient market, Tudor buildings and diverse street food.

2. Where is your favourite place to go for lunch?

The Comptoir Libanais restaurant is a great place to grab a light lunch in a casual setting and their chocolate orange and cardamom tart is simply to die for.

3. Any insider tips on restaurants/bars to try?

There is an array of restaurants and bars along the riverside including The Boaters Inn, a friendly family run pub with a seasonally changing menu and live jazz every Sunday. Also a short walk away is the Hilton, where you can take in the ambience and enjoy a delicious cocktail or two at the Hawkers Bar and Brasserie. The art deco interior has been designed in honour of the local 1920’s aviator Harry Hawker.

4. Your favourite spot for relaxing after a hard day of shopping?

When you are all shopped out and feeling weary, head for the Petersham Hotel where you can unwind with an aperitif before dinner and watch the magnificent sunset on Richmond Hill. The stunning views from this hotel are photo opportunities not to be missed.

5. Any activities you’d recommend doing in the area?

Take a river cruise from Turks pier outside John Lewis to Hampton Court Palace on the famous Mississippi style Southern Belle. This boat was part of the flotilla for the 2012 Olympics and the Queens Jubilee pageant. Also Culture Club’s iconic track Karma Chameleon was filmed on this boat.

Take a tour of the Palace (home of Henry VIII) and its beautiful grounds. Lose yourself in the world’s oldest hedge maze with its twists and turns, and explore the Palace’s past in the Magic Garden.

Kew Gardens has something for everyone. Apart from being London’s largest UNESCO world heritage site, its stunning surroundings are forever changing in colour and entertainment. You can walk through the tree tops and see views right across London. Explore the Hive, a multi sensory experience about the life of bees. There are music festivals across the summer where you can picnic and dance the night away or take in a movie at the outdoor cinema against the back drop of Kew Palace.

Not forgetting Wimbledon when the tennis comes to town. If you are not fortunate enough to acquire tickets all is not lost. Join in the fun and watch it at the Piazza on the big screen in the heart of the town centre.

6. Your favourite thing about where you live?

It would have to be the green spaces that one can escape to from the hustle and bustle of the busy town. You are spoilt for choice with both Richmond Park and Bushy Park right on your doorstep.

7. What are your three favourite pieces from the new collection?

As we are just at the start of our new collection I would have to say the the Roseberry top, Kamelia top and Fleur dress are my favourite pieces so far, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the full range very soon.

8. What are your favourite beauty/accessories shops in the area that always help complete a look? 

I have only just recently discovered Senti with its stylishly elegant potions but I would definitely recommend a visit. This beautifully calm oasis is located in the heart of Wimbledon village, where you will be tempted by scented candles, bath and body products and home fragrances from unique brands.

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