In south west London is the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. This ancient market town is one of the major metropoliatan centers in the London area. Originally the town was founded at the first crossing point of the Thames just upstream from the London Bridge. The site of the original town is marked by the bridge that still resides there. It was first occupied by the Romans and then it became the royal demesne. In 1086 the town was known as Chingestone, according to the Domesday book and at the time it was held by William the Conqueror.
One of the most popular things for tourists of Kingston upon Thames to do is the Monday Morning Market. Held from 8am to 2pm every Monday, except for Christmas, the market is open. You can find just about everything under the sun here and it's a great way to kick of the day shopping. If you are looking for fashion, tools, produce or just some plants this market has it all. You can find many unique items to call yours during your visit.
Once you've finished with the Monday morning market then wander over to Kingston's Ancient Market. Held Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm this market is a great way to continue your shopping spree. Here you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, pet supplies and yes even fashion. There are also a lot of interesting items to pick and choose from, many local to Kingston itself.
If the two markets just aren't enough shopping for you, then it's time to take to the streets. Kingston is internationally known for its extensive shops and services. If you are looking for the best in retail shops then this is the place to go. You can find anything from the big names to the locally owned mom and pop. Whatever your mood, whatever your prize you are sure to find it here.
Once you've shopped to your heart's content it's time to take in a couple of sights. The All Saints Church is the parish church of Kingston upon Thames. Here you will be able to take in the absolute beauty of the ancient architecture. Its tower is probably the biggest attention getter rising high above the ancient market place. If you are visiting be sure to pop into the little coffee shop and get a cup. Also call in advance if you are going to be in the area on a Monday as they have music recitals throughout the year on certain Mondays. If you are in the area during this time you might want to stop by during lunch and enjoy the show.
If you are interested in learning more about the history of Kingston then go to the Kingston museum. This museum was built in 1904 and was restored as recently as 1997. You can find interesting exhibits that tell about the history of the town and the surrounding area. The "Town of Kings" Gallery is especially interesting and informative.
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