Along the River Thames, you’ll find a variety of lively bars and restaurants, but the whole of Kingston offers a huge number of shops, cafes and bistros, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs.
There are a number of annual festivals held in Kingston; most of them are organized by the Council and Kingston Arts Council, such as Kingston Readers' Festival, Think-in-Kingston and the Festival of the Voice. For exhibitions, there’s the Stanley Picker Gallery (run by Kingston University) and Kingston Museum, which has changing exhibitions on the first floor.
The Rotunda, in the centre of Kingston, offers a bowling alley, a fitness centre, a 14-screen Odeon multiplex cinema and a handful of restaurants. Along the riverside, south of Kingston Bridge, you’ll find Kingston’s popular theatre, the Rose, which opened in 2008.
In the town centre you’ll also find the well-known sculpture by David Mach, called ‘Out of Order’: red telephone boxes that lean against one another like dominoes.