St Mary’s University Kingston

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St Mary’s University Kingston


St Mary’s University Kingston, Kingston is a bustling market town and major shopping district situated on the River Thames. Popular retail stores line the high street and there is a large shopping mall, The Bentall Centre.

Kingston lies approximately 33 feet (10 metres) above sea level. It is notable as the ancient market town in which Saxon kings were crowned. Kingston was part of a large ancient parish in the county of Surrey and the town was an ancient borough, reformed in 1835. It has been the location of Surrey County Hall from 1893, extraterritorially in terms of local government administration since Kingston became part of Greater London in 1965. Most of the town centre is part of the KT1 postcode area, but some areas north of Kingston railway station have the postcode KT2 instead. The population of the town itself, comprising the four wards of Canbury, Grove, Norbiton and Tudor, was 43,013 in the 2011 census

Further towards the river, clusters of smaller, boutique shops and coffee bars surround the historic marketplace and town hall. At the other end of the high street, the Rotunda, a local landmark, includes a bowling alley, fitness centre, a 14-screen multiplex cinema, restaurants and bars.

The riverside is a popular attraction, particularly in the summer. A variety of lively bars, restaurants and traditional pubs line the riverfront and, along with the nightclubs in the town centre, create the vibrant nightlife Kingston is known for.

Kingston is also home to the Rose Theatre and several museums and art galleries.