This is my neighborhood. WOW! I’ve never thought I’d actually say that when describing one of the boroughs of London. It’s been 6 months now since we’ve moved from the Middle East to London and yet, I still can’t believe that I actually live in one of the most beautiful boroughs in one of the most famous cities in the world, in my opinion. :p
This is Kingston-Upon-Thames, a mere 30-min Southwest train ride away from Waterloo station. I don’t regret choosing to live outside of the chaotic city scene of central London and staying in a much more laidback borough. I have gotten used to living here that whenever I decide to go to central London, the 30-min journey feels like 10. :p
One of the things I like about living in Kingston-Upon-Thames is the number of things to do and places to go to within a walking distance from our apartment. Such a different way of life compared to when I was living in Doha, Qatar where you practically need to take a car with you anywhere you want to go because 1. it’s not a pedestrian-friendly city and 2. everything that you’d want to go to is quite far away from where you live.
Canbury Gardens was an accidental discovery for The Greek Mister and I. We were looking for a pub in Kingston and found the Boater’s Inn with a prime location of being by the River Thames. That alone sounded promising but what we didn’t know then was it’s located inside the beautiful Canbury Gardens as well.
After spending almost a decade in the Middle East, we sure found the scenery of Canbury Gardens absolutely stunning specially with the River Thames alongside it. I used to walk around here every afternoon but as it’s quite small, I found it a bit boring to walk around the whole area 7 times to meet my daily 10,000 steps requirements. Probably not even. Lol.
Although it’s quite small compared to the other gardens or parks around London, it’s selling point is definitely the River Thames. There’s also bandstand in the middle of Canbury gardens and tennis courts which the public can use. The Kingston Rowing Club is also based here.
The Boater’s Inn which is very popular to locals for its stunning view of the river and live entertainment (mostly jazz) is located right in the middle of the garden. It’s my favorite pub in Kingston, mainly because of its fantastic outdoor seating.
See that? That view is hard to beat if you ask me. I can’t wait for a much warmer weather so we can once again enjoy a pint (or more) in this al fresco dining area of the Boater’s Inn.
Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5AU
Nearest train station: Kingston