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Suburban London part 1

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London's suburbs are nothing really interesting in comparision with Central London but I think it's worth to take a closer look at them. There are some really beautiful and pleasant suburban areas.

All following pictures are taken by me in various places around Kingston Upon Thames, New Malden and surrounding areas in this part of Greater London.

New Malden - Richmond Park

Route map

Starting point, New Malden fountain where the highstreet starts (currently it's under reconstruction)

End of New Malden's highstreet, two 16-18 storey highrises are sticking out surrounded by a sea of suburban houses. There are 3 flags fluttering in the square in front of the buildings - UK, EU and S.Korean which is seen in the picture. New Malden is known as the home of UK's largest Korean community

Base of the CI Tower (one of the two towers)

Going further towards the direction of Richmond park, very calm and green street

Leaving New Malden's towers behind...

Even more greenery around...

Some narrow empty street which later occured to be full of expensive luxury houses :|

You can't see the buildings, they're hidden behind high fences, I wasn't exactly wishing to photograph everything, security cameras were mounted on every building and watching each gate

One of the happy residents :)

Continuing the trip next to a highway

View from a pedestrian crossing bridge

And finally reaching the destionation point - Richmond Park. It was getting late and cold so didn't have much time to wander around. The most common residents of the park :)

It was dark and there were no interesting views on the way home, the last picture taken in the New Malden highstreet

Second trip: New Malden - Hampton Court Palace

Route of the trip

First shot, Burlington Avenue in New Malden

New Malden highstreet seen from the fountain (we're not gonna turn here this time)

Church close to the fountain

Typical buildings in the area (or in the whoe Southern England? :|)

Berrylands train station

Surbiton Cemetery

Just a random building in Surbiton (or Kingston, there are no clear borders between all those "towns" )

Walking along River Thames, Kingston Bridge seen in a distance

Yacht parking

Some random suburban houses, the only thing you could hear was bird twittering, it was very calm around

I wasn't exactly sure if I'm going on a right way, the streets were very confusing and very similar to each other

I was on a right way. Hampton Court Palace on the opposite bank of Thames. It was closed for visitors though

Bridge next to the palace

Some interesting tree

After a long walk along the riverbank reaching Kingston

Kingston Bridge
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Im heading down to Kingston tonight so ill see if I can grab some shots

Great pictures by the way :cheers:
:eek: I never realised London's suburbs were so beautiful! Great pics. Must cost a bomb to live in those areas.
There are VERY nice areas, although not all suburbs look like that ;)
great pictures. looks pretty much how i pictured it. what zone is it in for the tube, or trains? how close to central london, so i can place it?

LSyd said:
great pictures. looks pretty much how i pictured it. what zone is it in for the tube, or trains? how close to central london, so i can place it?

There's no tube in Kingston or New Malden (although I've heard there are plans to extend it, currently the nearest one is in Wimbledon which is 2 miles away). It's 4th to 5th zones in the southwest, check it on , type in KT3 and search.
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^ thanks. now i've got an idea from the map where it's at. maybe i saw some of this area from the train heading southwest.

This is one of the good suburbs of London.
Awesome, thanks for the tour. :)
Richmond is one of the more amazing areas in London.
Actually the entire surroundings of Kingston are pretty nice. Though I'll have to make a tour to Richmond too, just didn't have enough time for that on my last trip. I love these areas :)
Very nice, and from what I remember seeing of suburban London, the areas were quite nice. These pictures also look very similar to the burb I stayed in.
How far is this from Bromley(spelling?).

I stayed at a Bed & Breakfast in the burbs during my visit. I really like this place, it was nice to and peaceful to go home to after spending the day in the city. Bromley had a nice outdoor pedestrian mall, and the two weekends I while I was there the area was very busy. The foot traffic and activity reminded me a lot of the Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade in the LA area. I can see why many Britains like Santa Monca. In fact the promenade in Bromley was set up a lot like Santa Monica's. There is also an indoor mall at the furthest end of it, just like SM. I found it very easy to reach central London by commuter train, but suburb to suburb was not all that great. It was best driving or in my case I took a cab to visit a friend since it would have taken too long and many transfers by rail. Anyway from the suburb I was in it only took about 30 mins to reach central London and the scenery was beautiful.
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very nice. Might have to get some pictures of my local suburbs. Namely the Harrow, Pinner, Ruislip, Eastcote, Norhwood areas in the North West. Zones 5 + 6.

Nice change to the urban pics.
If I had to live in the burbs, that would be my first choice. Looks very pleasant, love the flora and fauna.
London's suburbs give some major American cities a run for their money. There's going to come a day when American suburbs are seen as a joke and will collapse in on themselves.
Hmm only have passed through it on trains but never really knew untill now
Hi Bromley is in South East LDN and Kingston in South West.

I've been to Santa Monica and its the only part of LA I'd like to live in --partly because of all the British pubs :) Santa Monico is the closest thing to a British High Street or what you call an 'out-door Mall'
@Michi - American 'burbs are new so nothing has been built there except houses. many UK 'burbs are older than your country and were once towns/villages in their own right. In the case of london its simply hundreds of towns which have grown and grown and the gaps between them have gone turning some towns into 'burbs of LDN's CBD.

US 'burbs have a charm of their own in a kind of dislocated quiet way.
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