The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is full of historic places to see, and has many connections to royalty. It’s name in fact derives from ‘Kinges Tun’, which means a royal far, or estate. Kingston is one of only four royal boroughs in England and Wales, the others being Kensington & Chelsea, Caernaforn, and Windsor & Maidenhead. The first mention of Kingston was in 838 C.E., documenting a royal council meeting. The ancient town center sits on a beautifully picturesque stretch of the River Thames with Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park and Richmond Park as close neighbors. Kingston is famous for its royal history, shopping, restaurants including the recently developed Riverside, The Rose Theatre and University.