Kingston is a market town in Greater London, half an hour away from central London. You can take the train or a bus using your oyster card or a day pass to get there. Go between Monday and Saturday to shop at Kingston Market, one of the oldest markets in the UK. The Kingston market is nearly 700 years old and has been on the same market square ever since its foundation. The market hall is now the tourist information centre, but the tents and stalls around it still sell local goods, fish, cheese and more exotic stuff like Japanese sushi and Indian curry.

I thought the prices were a bit extortionate: £6-£10 for a burger or £5-£9 for a paella, so I did not eat anything. Otherwise it looks nice and the buildings are cute too.

Hampton Court

Hampton Court is a 15 minute walk from the market hall. It used to be the royal residence of a number of English kings. If you cross the bridge in Kingston and turn left just after the bridge you can walk all the way to Hampton Court through the park. In the park you can see deer grazing and horses running about. Unfortunately you will have to pay £10 for the nicest part of the park which is right next to the palace and fenced around.

Palace Entrance

The tickets to the palace are also quite expensive. Your best option would be to get a multi-pass for all the Royal Palaces in London to save some money. Question is, will you have the time to do them all?

For visits Gate price* Online rate* Online rate for visits between 3 January – 12 February 2017*
1 November 2016 – 28 February 2017
Adult 18.2 17.1 9.1
Child under 16 9.1 8.6 4.55
Under 5 years are admitted free of charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Concessions 15.4 14.3 7.7
Full-time students, over 60s with ID
Family (1 adult) 33.5 32.1 16.75
Up to 1 adult and 3 children
Family (2 adults) 46.8 44.9 23.4
Up to 2 adults and 3 children
Annual membership (unlimited entry to all palaces) From £48.00

Tour Boat to Westminster

From here you can take a boat back to Westminster for £10. The trip to London takes 2.5 hours. It takes you through some of the nicest parts of London that look like the countryside.

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