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Why Kingston is London’s Happiest Place


Kingston’s pubs, shops and restaurants have been hailed after helping the town to be voted as the happiest place to live in London.

 A survey by estate agents Rightmove based its findings on the standard of local amenities as well as how much they enjoy living in their homes.

Ros Morgan, Chief Executive of Kingstonfirst, said: “We are delighted that this survey has confirmed what we already knew – Kingston is a great place to live and work.

“The Town Centre business community can take great pride in these results. Kingston offers the ultimate shopping experience, with 500 town centre stores combining a host of big name retailers combined with an unrivalled selection of independent stores.

“It is no surprise that people enjoy living here with such great attractions on their doorstep such as one of the most attractive parts of the River Thames, Hampton Court, the Rose Theatre and the Ancient Market Place.”

Some 2,700 respondents were questioned about everything from how friendly their neighbours are to how safe they feel.

Miles Shipside, commercial director of Rightmove, said: Kingston has lots of open space, good pubs, shops and restaurants.”

Kingston residents include the new England rugby captain Chris Robshaw and children’s author Jacqueline Wilson.

The town experience is set to be boosted further with Kingston having just been awarded more than £2m of additional funding thanks to second round of the Mayor’s Outer London Fund.

The largest single amount given to any of the London boroughs will be used to make improvements to the Ancient Market area, to create a heritage attraction at All Saints Church, for an additional performance space for Creative Youth and to continue the Kingstonfirst tourism kiosk project.

For details of things to do and places to stay in Kingston visit www.kingstonfirst.co.uk.