A Blog Day Afternoon in Kingston Upon Thames
My life as a travel blogger took me to Kingston recently, a suburb of London. It’s a nice little place that is easy to get to, but feels a million miles from the capital. As I explored the town centre I felt like I could have been on the pretty streets of Cambridge, or maybe in a Yorkshire market town. Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Kingston upon Thames
So what is there to do in Kingston, why do people come here?
People probably come to see Banksy’s telephone boxes – even if you’ve never heard of Kingston I’m sure you’ve seen this Banksy street art installation in pictures!
The Kingston half marathon is a few weeks before the Manchester and London marathons so people come here as part of their training to test their legs. The conference facilities are another reason, as we saw at Traverse 15, which was held in the Kingston Uni Business School. The hotel I stayed at were hosting a wedding party for the weekend too, so accommodation being cheaper than central London is also a good draw for the town.
Apart from that, the town is a pleasant leafy place with people going about their lives. There seems to be decent shopping in the centre, and a nice restaurant and bar scene along the river. It’s a 40-minute train ride from central London but you feel so much further from the city.
Places To Eat And Drink In Kingston
My visit to Kingston also featured indulging in what I like to call proxy travel, or travelling without moving. First up, myself and a few bloggers were invited to try out Thai cooking lessons at Kingston’s Busaba Eathai – a small but successful chain of restaurants, coming to Manchester soon.
This was a brilliant way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday morning, and we ate so much fresh delicious food, made mostly by us and with a couple of specials from the chefs. The perfect hangover cure!
Then after a short break the afternoon got a little boozy, with lessons in making Caipirinha cocktails at Las Iguanas. Las Iguanas are bar-restaurants that deliver a Latin American vibe and you can find them across the UK. With the help of the manager Craig and using their own brand of Cachaça (from their Amazonian distillery in Brasil) it was a pretty tough afternoon making and tasting a Caipirinha or five, as the photos no doubt show…
The guys at Las Iguanas also gave us some of their favourite dishes from the tapas menu to try, which we demolished in fairly short order!
Have you ever been to Kingston? Would you try either of my proxy travel experiences from the weekend?
I did take the time to film both cooking lessons at Busaba Eathai and cocktail making at Las Iguanas, so make sure you are subscribed to my Youtube channel to see those when they are published.
More photos from the day for you below.
Thai Cooking Lessons At Busaba Eathai
Learning To Make Caipirinhas At Las Iguanas