Things To Do in Kingston | Have A Pint At The Boater’s Inn In Canbury Gardens

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Canbury Gardens
Lower Ham Road, Kingston, KT2 5AU
Nearest train station: Kingston


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  • Stefan August 8, 2017 at 13:26

    That’s a good choice for an area to live, Noemi. I haven’t been that much in Kingston, but have been around Richmond park, village and riverside often and I totally get how you feel about the area. There is some sort of almost mystical harmony in this part of London that makes you forget all about the big smoke and gets you all excited and relaxed at the same time just by looking at the scenery.

    I don’t know if you have already had the chance, but definitely pay a visit to Richmond – the village is particularly vibrant and you have the choice of the well-known chains or little restaurants, tucked away off the high street. The riverside is second to none, albeit not as tranquil as Kingston, but it is a good alternative when you want to change. Richmond park…deers roaming freely, breathtaking views of West London from the top of the hill near Pembroke Lodge, miles of pathways and centuries-old trees to explore…need I say more.

    While we are on that, you should put Isleworth on the list too – it is also on the Thames and has few good pubs, but Syon park and Syon house will steal the show.

    And last (I promise) few miles down the river towards the city is Hammersmith and Fulham riverside. There you have the mixture of both – quiet enjoyment, stunning views and the welcoming Bishop’s park in Fulham or the pubs along Hammersmith riverside that are full of character…and good beer.

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  • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:18

    It is Tanja! Hopefully you make it here next time you’re in London. 🙂

  • Katie March 2, 2017 at 09:03

    What a quaint little place, I can imagine it is a lovely place for a stroll now that spring in the UK has rolled around. Would definitely be putting it on my bucket list. That is what I love about London, there is so many different places to see and do!

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:33

      I’m waiting for spring and summer!! Would be nice to sit in that outdoor seating area. 🙂

  • carlinn meyer March 1, 2017 at 13:51

    This is definitely a very pretty Neighbourhood! I have been to London plenty of times but I have never been to this little gem of an area. Will def put it on my list for next time! 🙂

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 16:51

      It is gorgeous Carlinn, hope you make it here next time. 🙂

  • Trainswestcantwoespano March 1, 2017 at 12:52

    Nice place. Brings back memories of a river, [The Thames} and gardens around Pubs. Way back when? 1990 I was staying at Riverview tce Chiswick not far from Kew gardens opposite side of river. 5 weeks around a 12 day Trafalgar tour to Rome. Took part in a golf game, hit a ball over the river and you are in the semi final. Hit a tree on the opposite bank and win a prize. I did, but it was too dark by that time 8pm and all they could say was come back tomorrow. Too bad for tomorrow at this time I will be more than half way to Dubai, says I.

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:04

      I haven’t been to Chiswick yet but I do have a list of things to see there. That’s a fun golf game. :p

  • Kristine March 1, 2017 at 11:15

    This brings back memories..Around 10 years ago, I had a friend who lived in Kingston, so I used to go there quite often on weekends (I lived in Birmingham at the time, so it wasn’t that hard for me to travel to the outskirts of London for a weekend away from the midlands). If I ever decide to move back to England, Kingston will definitely be on the list of places I’d consider moving to.

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:05

      I don’t even know about this place before we moved here. I had an interview in Kingston when I arrived in London and fell in love with the place. Thankfully, I was able to convince The Greek Mister to move here. It was the best choice. 🙂

  • Jacklyn March 1, 2017 at 09:41

    I’m not sure what I love more – the structured homes or the house boats! What a beautiful area! The Boaters Inn looks like the perfect place to enjoy some jazz!

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:06

      The house boats make me a bit claustrophobic. Lol. When I was looking for an apartment here, I was getting some options for house boats. Looking through the photos, I know it’s definitely not for me. :p

  • Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures) March 1, 2017 at 08:41

    It’s been a couple of years since we last visited London. Some of the photos bring back memories. As for the weather, I would take Queensland, Australia weather any day. Always sunny and always warm – to very hot……

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:07

      I lived in the Middle East for almost a decade and I grew up in the Philippines so yes, the cold weather is something that I am still enjoying. I’m just not sure how long it will last. :p

  • kathy (from March 1, 2017 at 04:11

    It has been 3 months since I was last in England, where I am from. I haven’t been to Kingston but it looks like the typical English countryside. A nice break from London for sure. I do however think you will be waiting a lot longer than you think for warmer weather. This is England after all 🙂

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:08

      LOL. Yes I think the summer period is a looooong way from now. :p

  • Sylvanmist March 1, 2017 at 02:47

    What a lovely looking place. I love going out to eat and sitting beside the water, be it a lake, ocean, or in this case river! I could imagine myself walking around that area a lot if I lived nearby.

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:09

      I also like being by the water! It makes a place more interesting and beautiful I think.

  • Ali May March 1, 2017 at 01:38

    Ahhh you’ve made me miss London. I lived there for 3 years from 2002-2005 and loved visiting parks and the river. It’s great that you’re finding all these cool places on your mission to get 10,000 steps a day! Thanks for sharing this beautiful part of the world.

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:09

      I’m sure I’ll miss London a LOT if I ever move out of here. :-/

  • Joella (RovingJo) March 1, 2017 at 01:25

    What a wonderful place to call home. London has so much to see and do you could probably live here for the rest of your life and see something new every day. I love all the gardens the city has and this one looks incredible. The restaurant is also a great find with a prime view. You are so lucky to live in this amazing city and I am thankful you share this little bit of it with me so I can live vicariously through you.

    • Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 2, 2017 at 17:17

      That’s very true. London has so many things to offer that you can actually do different things everyday and you still won’t be able to do everything no matter how long you stay here. :p

  • Tanja (the Red phone box travels) February 27, 2017 at 19:30

    seems like a nice place for a pint:)

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