One of only five royal boroughs in England and Wales, Kingston is a medieval market town steeped in history and heritage. The town's royal connection dates back over a 1000 years.
Have a flutter on the horses at Sandown Park Racecourse, less than 10 minutes' drive from the hotel. For a special occasion, you can top off a day watching the races with an upscale meal at the racecourse's fine dining restaurant, Equus. There are two other restaurants on site, or you can relax with a picnic in the grounds. In summer, you can also enjoy open-air concerts on the racetrack.
Chessington World of Adventures combines a theme park with a zoo, making it great for families. It's also just 10 minutes away by car. Kids and adults alike will want to brave Dragon's Fury, one of Chessington's most challenging roller coasters. The park has 10 themed areas, and Chessington Zoo has more than 1,000 animals – right at home in caves, water and other diverse natural habitats.
National Rail can whisk you from Surbiton station, Kingston to London's Waterloo station in as little as 20 minutes. Once there, you can hop on to the Tube and get to Westminster Abbey and Big Ben in minutes. Alternatively, plan a day touring such iconic art museums as Tate Britain, the National Gallery and the Royal Academy, all just a few Tube stops away. Later, savour a sweet tradition high tea
Get new perspectives on the natural world at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, 25 minutes by car from the hotel. To start with, the 18-metre-high Treetop Walkway lets visitors view birds, insects, lichen and fungi at treetop level. You can then descend below ground to the Rhizotron lab, which examines the interplay of soil, tree roots and organisms beneath the earth.
You can spend at least a day touring Hampton Court Palace, just 8 minutes by car from the hotel. Its Cumberland Art Gallery contains Royal Collection masterpieces, including paintings by Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Holbein, van Dyck and Canaletto. Also unmissable are Henry VIII's Great Hall, one of Britain's oldest theatres, and the palace's famous puzzle-hedge maze, Britain's oldest.
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT89AU
This is the story of two palaces: a Tudor palace, magnificently developed by Cardinal Wolsey and later Henry VIII, alongside a baroque palace built by William III and Mary II. Also take a look at the Gardens and the famouz Maze Why not also vist the annual Hampton Court Flower show.
Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2NE
There are a total of 40 rides and attractions at Chessington World of Adventures that are suitable for tiny tots to experienced adventurers, as well as over 1,000 animals and a SEA LIFE centre. Young Adventurers are offered a ‘first’ rollercoaster experience with Dragon’s Fury and the KOBRA being available for those over 1.2m and the Vampire available for those over 1.1m. 2013 saw the launch of ‘ZUFARI: Ride into Africa!’ an off-road safari truck adventure.
Sandown Park, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ
Sandown Park Racecourse hosts thrilling year-round jump and flat horse racing, including premier events such as the Coral Eclipse and Tingle Creek race meetings and evening racing. In addition to the packed calendar of racing fixtures, there is a host of additional entertainment including Music Nights, Ladies Day and Comedy events. This superb Surrey Race Course is easily accessible, only 25 minutes from London Waterloo.
Staines Road East, Sunbury, Middlesex TW16 5AQ
Kempton Park in Sunbury-on-Thames is the London's premier all-weather horse racing and entertainment venue, with fantastic facilities for every social and business event. On offer are afternoon and evening Flat fixtures alongside spectacular Jump racing - coupled with versatile facilities to suit everyone's needs. Whether you're looking for a family day out, night out with friends or somewhere to entertain staff and clients - Kempton Park really has it all.
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5LQ
Set in the beautiful rolling hills of the North Downs in Surrey, just 30 minutes from London, Epsom Downs has a fun-filled fixture list of fifteen race days. Home to the famous Derby Festival, a huge success with fantastic racing, entertainment and fashion, bathed in the glorious June sunshine. Over 100,000 people attend.
24-26 High Street, Kingston, Surrey KT1 1HL
Situated at the heart of South West London, the Rose opened its doors in January 2008 and offers a unique theatrical centre to the entire region. It has its roots in Kingston, but serves more than a million people who live and work in the region. The varied repertoire consists of classical revivals, neglected modern masterpieces, new translations of foreign plays and occasional world premieres.
200 Whitton Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW2 7BA
Twickenham Stadium, the home of England rugby. Seating an impressive 82,000 spectators, Twickenham is the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world. Easily accessible by road, air, train and foot, Twickenham truly is a stadium for the people. Twickenham is also a very versatile venue. When the England boys take time off, the stadium opens its doors to the finest musical talents around. The likes of U2, R.E.M, Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones have all performed here over recent years.
Church Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE
Home to the famous Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Lawn Tennis Museum.
Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0SL
Located on the famous Brooklands site in Weybridge, Surrey, Mercedes-Benz World is an unforgettable day out, not just for motoring fans but the whole family. With our Driving Experiences, you can put your driving skills to the test out on the Handling Circuit in a range of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Or let the Silver Arrows Display Team show you how it’s done. Off the track, you can explore fascinating exhibitions, get up close to legendary Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and enjoy a bite to eat at Café
Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QN
Brooklands is the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed in 1907. Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation and is the home of Concorde. The Museum displays a wide range of Brooklands-related motoring and aviation exhibits, ranging from giant racing cars, motorcycles and bicycles to an unparalleled collection of aircraft, including the Wellington Bomber and the only Concorde with public access in South East England.
Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PN
As the nation’s Thrill Capital, Thorpe Park is the place to get your adrenaline pumping. With some of Europe’s most extreme rides and attractions and a core audience of 16 to 34 year olds and ‘up-for-it’ families’, Thorpe Park is constantly pushing the boundaries.
Wisley Lane, Wisley, Surrey GU23 6QB
The flagship garden of the RHS, Wisley captures the imagination with richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the state-of-the-art Glasshouse. Gifted to the Society in 1903, Wisley has evolved over time into a world-class garden. In the trials fields, the finest flowers and vegetables are identified from the countless new introductions.