Welcome to the Kingston upon Thames Society

We serve the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, which includes Chessington, Coombe, the Maldens, Surbiton and Tolworth.

Our mission

The Kingston upon Thames Society exists to promote high standards of planning, conservation and design in the Royal Borough. 

Find out more about the Society on the About Us page.

Monthly public meetings

The Society wants to increase and improve the debate on what the Royal Borough of Kingston is and what it could be. One way we do this is through our regular public meetings.

Our next public meeting on  Wednesday November 21st will be an illustrated talk by David Kennedy: "The story of Alexander Raphael, 1775-1850. Builder of St. Raphael’s Church"

Full details of our public meetings are on the Coming Events page.

Celebrating some of the good things in the Borough

We organise Kingston's Heritage Open Days

This year Kingston Heritage Open Days are over three weekends, running from Thursday 6 September to Sunday 23 September.

We recognise good local architecture and design through our Townscape Awards. These were last awarded in October 2017.

We act as guardian of one of Kingston's most important ancient monuments, Coombe Conduit on Coombe Lane West.

Visits and socials

The Society organises occassional visits to explore the good and the bad of architecture and design. Our last visit in summer 2017 was to Victorian places north of High Street Kensington. Details of our visits are on the Coming Events page.

Reviewing new planning proposals

A significant part of the Society's activity is to review and comment on planning consultations and applications.

Each week Kingston Council publishes a list of new Planning Applications, we sift through this list and comment on those we think are most important.

Our Major Schemes page covers the most significant planning applications, such as Tesco Tolworth and The Old Post Office site. 

Our Minor Schemes page covers other applications that are on our radar or of concern to us.

Join the Society to get involved

If you share our interest in protecting, celebrating and enhancing our Royal Borough then you can join the Society to get more involved and to have more of a say on what the Society does.

Details are on the How to Join page.

Join the debate on Facebook

Not everybody can, or wants to, attend meetings so we have other ways in which people can get involved. If you are on Facebook then you can join our group to take part in the discussions and to read/share the latest news. You do not need to be a paid-up member of the Society to join us on Facebook.