Can Kingston become the new Richmond?

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Both Richmond and Kingston have the accolade- Upon Thames, simply because, they both sit gracefully on the riverbanks. They also share direct transport links into London Waterloo via South Western Railway. As Richmond is the closer to town the shortest journey times into the city are around 16 minutes, and from Kingston expect around 27 minutes. Important junctions on the Thames, both have rich historical significance, with the scenic walk from Kingston to Hampton Court Palace providing a perfect passage through time.  As a market town, it is no surprise that Kingston’s distinguishing feature from Richmond is its commercial centre, with some heavy weight shopping potential. However, Richmond’s antiquated beauty sets it apart from Kingston with its bespoke charm and independent restaurants and boutiques. Both areas partake in the SW15 postcode, along with the London borough of Wandsworth. Based in Battersea, Gentleman & a Van serves SW15, and all the neighbouring postcodes with our innovative removals and storage services, plus our tailor-made range of property services.

Richmond – the happiest place in the UK 2023

Rightmove’s Happy at Home index has awarded Richmond as the happiest place to live in the UK. Taking into consideration the length and breadth of the country, Richmond came first in a survey of over 26,000 people. Key factors in this award will be the connections Richmond has to Kew Gardens and Richmond Park. However, Kingston is situated close to these Royal Parks, and is close to the other Royal Park-  Bushy Park. As a gateway into deeper Surrey, Kingston also allows people a quicker getaway to the South Coast and the many National Trust locations that Surrey is home to.  While Richmond may be the happiest place to live, property there comes with a designer price tag.

House price comparison between Richmond and Kingston

Looking at buying property in both areas, Kingston is cheaper, and there is increased value in this area in last year.

Kingston Upon Thames

  • Average house price in Kingston  – £854,133
  • Flats sold for an average price of £450,649
  • Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £932,949
  • Terraced properties sold for £789,100.

These prices were up 12% than the previous year.


  • Average house price in Richmond £1,076,220
  • Flats sold for an average price of £566,629
  • Semi-detached properties sold for an average of 1,123,697
  • Terraced properties sold for £1,123,697

These prices were up 3% from the previous year.

The average rental price in Kingston is £620 per week, which is 23.9% below the London Average of £814 per week. The range of rental prices in Kingston spans £363 – £1,499 per week. In Richmond the rental prices span £462- £808 per week, but these tend to be studio or two-bedroom apartments, where the rental stock in Kingston includes larger houses.

What’s new in Kingston Upon Thames?

Residents of Richmond cited connection to green space and community spirit as the sources of their happiness in the area. It seems Kingston also has its own deep traditions and collective spirit. The Kingston Upon Thames insider guides are a packed resource for locals and visitors to the area, rich with community effort as well as commercial enterprise. This spring there is an initiative of installations to Light Up Kingston around the Riverside and Ancient Marketplace.

Banquet Records has been resident in Kingston since 2004 and has been pioneering the live music and vinyl record scene in Kingston for years. A hub for Kingston events, they have been keeping it real on the turntables since the early days and continue to enrich Kingston with next level live music culture. Shopping wise, Kingston has everything from high-end department stores to an ancient marketplace. In recent years many high-end shops have moved into the commercial centre, making it one of London’s busiest shopping areas, but with the riverside advantage and plenty of pedestrianized areas.

Schools and Education in Kingston Upon Thames

For a comprehensive list of all the schools in Kingston and their ratings, go here. Primary schools of note are Latchmere School and King Athelstan School. In secondary schools there is The Kingston Academy and Tiffin School to consider.  Richmond Upon Thames Sixth form college is situated in Twickenham, close by. A hub for learning beyond school, there is also Kingston University and Kingston College in the mix. The Kingston School of Art at the university has been a destination for creatives for decades.  Plus, the proximity to Richmond Upon Thames and the direct transport links into London open up the map for other schools and colleges within easy reach.

8 appealing factors of Kingston Upon Thames

In short, 8 reasons why Kingston in SW15 is a good place in London to move to. Aside from its historical legacy as the best place to crown Kings.

  1. Amenties and shops are in abundance
  2. Restaurants, bars, cafes, and traditional pubs are all congregated in this central place.
  3. Houses are good for young families who are looking for garden space and multiple bedrooms
  4. Plethora of schools and places of learning
  5. Access to the river
  6. Royal Parks aplenty
  7. Easy access to central London via overland train
  8. Easy access to the Surrey and the South Coast
  9. Neighbour to Richmond Upon Thames – the happiest place to live in the UK!

Can Kingston become the new Richmond?

While Kingston has the potential to increase its happiness factor, Richmond will always retain its signature charm. A quick scan on any forum, or TripAdvisor will see Richmond come up trumps for its beauty, scenery, and proximity to the city. However, when it comes to serious shopping, then Kingston has got the big guns. These sister areas do not need to compete, being harmoniously situated alongside each other on the Thames.  For people looking to move to Richmond, Kingston can provide a more economical and spacious solution, while remaining in the same zone. Richmond is close by and easy to reach by bus or by hopping onto the train. For buyers interested in SW15, Kingston has a lot to offer.

Moving to Kingston with Gentleman & a Van

Gentleman & a Van has established a loyal customer base in South West London over the last decades. Simply because we aim to take removals and storage situations to another level. Our Man and Van team often works closely with interior designers and auction houses, as we can provide the best service possible in the industry.  While we specialize in solutions for designers and entrepreneurs, we offer our domestic customers the same level of finesse when it comes to a home or office move. Our depot in Battersea sets us in the newly developing Riverside area of the city, within easy reach of SW15.  When it comes to moving house, we can provide you with an expert team and guide you through the process. Our customer reviews speak for our service.

Whether you need storage options, a home removal team, or our Man and Van service, we can design a package tailor-made for you and your family.  Our property services can smooth the way into a new property or assist you as you leave your old one. To discuss options with the team and get a quote, get in touch today.