About Kingston

This special place in South West London between the capital and the country has been a Royal borough longer than anywhere else - it is where the first Kings of England were crowned. Kingston is set to be one of the fastest growing parts of London, and with the arrival of new infrastructure such as Crossrail 2, as well as its award winning Go Cycle scheme, is at the forefront of the changing face of London’s transport.

So Kingston is changing with new commercial and residential developments, not just in Kingston town centre but in all parts of the borough; in Surbiton, New Malden, Tolworth and Chessington in the rural south of the borough. Kingston is a great environment. Kingston's river, fantastic retail offer, historic market place and church, parks and gardens all make the town centre the vibrant space it is, but our district town centres all have something unique to offer.

Kingston’s people are well educated, innovative and entrepreneurial. The borough has been home to great industry and creativity for many years, reflected in assets such as the Rose Theatre, the International Youth Arts Festival and Kingston University, which boasts more new graduate business start-ups than any other.

Communities in the borough are in the most part strong, healthy and prosperous. That said, there are people who rely on the council and other public services to enable them to reach their potential. Like most places, the average age of our population is rising as more people are living longer, so some people need more support to stay independent, safe and well.


Kingston is a diverse borough, not just because of this range of need, but because it is home to people from diverse and interesting cultures and backgrounds. Kingston has a large Sri Lankan Tamil community and is home to more people from Korea than any other part of the UK.

Read more about our challenges & opportunities (from our Corporate Plan ‘Making Kingston Better Together’) here.

Why Kingston?
  • Kingston town centre has been designated an ‘emerging opportunity area’ by the Mayor of London.

  • Kingston is set to benefit from ten Crossrail 2 stations if TfL’s planned investment goes ahead, the highest number in London.

  • Kingston has received £30m ‘Mini-Holland’ funding from the Mayor of London and TfL to deliver improvements to cycling facilities and road safety, while at the same time enhancing Kingston’s public spaces.

  • More than 170,000 people currently call The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames their home. This is set to increase by 30 per cent by 2036.

  • Kingston Council continues to retain ownership of its housing stock, which comprises 6,500 dwellings.

  • The council has ambitious plans to regenerate Kingston’s Cambridge Road Estate, supported by the Mayor of London who has designated the site a ‘Housing Zone’ providing £45m of funding to enable its development.

  • Work is underway to build Lidl's UK headquarters in Tolworth.

  • Kingston’s children services are delivered by Achieving for Children, an award-winning social enterprise company jointly set up and owned with the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The company has expanded to provide services for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

  • Kingston shares its environment, IT, finance and HR services with the London Borough of Sutton.

  • Kingston, Merton and Sutton councils have teamed up to secure £1m in government funding to help households avoid crisis and prevent people from becoming homeless, (Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers funding).


For a statistical overview of the borough please visit the Kingston Data website.

© 2020 Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames

0208 547 5728 / hrhelpdesk@kingston.gov.uk