If it's good enough for a King, it's good enough for me
London is a shopping mecca with an abundance of places to splash the cash. Whether you want to head to a shopping centre, hit the high street or drive to a retail park, London has it all for the taking. For many of us, the convenience of a shopping centre, with everything under one roof, is hard to resist, and Kingston-Upon-Thames has one that's hard to beat.
Kingston's Bentall Centre is huge. It houses 75 stores, including an eponymous department store that spreads over five floors. Bentall's sells high-end brands like Kate Spade and Michael Kors alongside Miss Selfridge and Nine West. Like most department stores, you can find artwork, pots and pans, children's toys and everything in between. It's not the cheapest but the choice is great.
In the Centre itself, there are the staples like H&M, Superdry and New Look, as well as a decent sized Apple store, a Mothercare, a Boots and much more. There are also plenty of places to stop for a coffee and cake to rest your weary legs. For the mums and dads among us, there's even a soft play centre on the lower ground floor in case there's any excess energy that needs burning before you head home.
In my opinion, the one downside is that there are only two lifts going between the four floors of the Centre itself. On a busy Saturday, it can take an irritatingly long time for a lift to arrive. When one does arrive, you can only really squeeze in three prams so there's no guarantee that you'll even get onto the first lift.
A bit of trivia: Kingston is one of only four royal boroughs in the entire country. The name Kingston is thanks to the many English kings who were crowned here in the Middle Ages. These days, Kingston is a thriving, modern, lively town. There are plenty of lovely shops outside of Bentall's, as well as a lovely market. It's no wonder that this pretty town on the Thames pulls in over a million visitors every month.