Kingston upon Thames is a royal district in southwest London, England. It is located on the River Thames and 10 miles southwest of Charing Cross. It is known and is famous as the ancient town where Saxon kings were crowned and today is the administrative centre of the royal district.
Historically in the county of Surrey, the former parish of Kingston was incorporated into the city's Kingston-upon-Thames district, which reformed in 1835. From 1893 to 2021, it was the seat of the Surrey County Council, about has been involved in the administration of extraterritorial local government since 1965 when Kingston became part of Greater London. Today, most of the city centre is part of the KT1 postcode area, but some areas north of Kingston Station are in the KT2 area. The 2011 UK census recorded the city's population (which includes the four wards of Canbury, Grove, Norbiton and Tudor) as 43,013, while the county had a population of 175,470. Kingston is identified as an urban centre on London maps and is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK, receiving 18 million visitors a year. It is also home to Kingston University.
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