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Kingston, England - A Vibrant Market Town

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A vibrant market town, Kingston is also one of the sprightliest boroughs of London.

Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, Kingston is about 12 miles from the city center of London. The town offers excellent shopping, a thriving art scene and an attractive collection of Tudor buildings.

The most unusual sight in the city is the unused red telephone boxes that have been arranged leaning one against another to resemble dominoes. It is called as "Out of Order" and stands as a beautiful landscaping on the Old London Road in Kingston.

 The town has a long history dating back to 1000 years; it is thought that almost seven Saxon kings were crowned in this town. Visitors get a chance to see Coronation Stone in the Guildhall located next to the Clattern Bridge.

The Kingston Museum located in central Kingston has three permanent galleries that house historical artifacts from the Saxon times. The art gallery has a beautiful collection of art work, crafts and photography. The Stanley Picker Gallery at the Kingston University has a variety of exhibits. The Toilet Gallery is an unusual gallery that was a public toilet and today has been transformed into a media gallery.

Kingston has over 3 miles of the most attractive stretch of River Thames. There are regular services operating in the area that take visitors for a memorable boat ride. Kingston boasts of an excellent theatrical culture and there are a number of theatres where visitors can enjoy some excellent performances.

Kingston is popular for its extensive shopping and theme markets. There are over 500 stores in the town. Some of the main retail centers in the town include Eden Walk Shopping Centre, Clarence Street and The Bentall Centre. The Old London Road is also great for buying souvenirs and antiques. The Ancient Market Place is a colorful market that sells fresh buys.

The Kingston Jamia Masjid is the main masjid in the town located on the East Road. Locating a Halal takeaway, pizza corner or a restaurant is never difficult. Visitors can expect to find many South Asian, Chinese and European cuisine in the city.

The town is served by good public transport system and there is a good bus and taxi services. River boats are also convenient and travelers can also opt for car rentals.

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UK Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: London

GEOGRAPHY

The United Kingdom lies between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. It shares a total land area of 243,610 square kilometres and northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border. The UK has a coast line of 17,820 kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 62 Million. Muslims account for about 2.8% of the population.

CLIMATE

The climate varies with the seasons. Temperatures can even drop below -11°C or rise above 35°C. A mild and wet weather is in the eastern regions and majority of the rain falls over the western regions. Snowfall can occur in winter and summers are generally warm.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English is the official language. Irish, Cornish and Scots are widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT +0
Summer: GMT +1

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

New Year's Day: January 1st
May Day: May 1st
Christmas: December 25th
Boxing Day: December 26th

CURRENCY

Pound Sterling

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/Medical/Fire : 999 or 112

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