Activities to Lift Your Spirits

Complete an Escape Room

Dive into the exhilarating world of escape rooms in Kingston upon Thames! There’s either Escape Hunt or Kingston Escape Rooms on offer. Gather a group of friends and challenge yourselves to solve puzzles, unravel mysteries, and escape within a set time. It’s a perfect way to engage your mind and have a blast with loved ones.

Catch a Movie

Beat the January blues by indulging in the latest blockbusters. Head to the Odeon in the Rotunda or the Curzon at the top of the Bentall Centre (complete with rooftop bar!) and immerse yourself in the world of cinema. A cinematic escape is an excellent way to unwind and take your mind off the start of the year.

Theatre Delights

Embrace the cultural scene at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, where you can catch captivating performances. Whether it’s a gripping drama or a lighthearted comedy, the theatre is a fantastic escape from the winter gloom, offering an evening filled with entertainment and culture.

Riverside Strolls and Parks Exploration

Take advantage of Kingston’s picturesque riverside by going for a leisurely walk. Explore the charming town and its surroundings, including walks along the riverside, Bushy Park, Richmond Park, and Home Park all nearby. The tranquility of these green spaces can provide a refreshing break from the winter blues – if you can withstand the cold!

Follow the Chimp Trail

Embark on a unique journey by exploring the Chimp Trail. Encounter captivating chimpanzee sculptures scattered across Kingston. This whimsical and artistic experience is not only visually stunning but also a great way to appreciate public art while exploring the town. The chimps are only in Kingston for a little while longer, so see them while you still can!

Take a Class

Both CASS Art and Not My Beautiful House offer multiple classes throughout the month which will cater to your artistic desires. Alternatively, Kingston’s gyms offer exercise classes that will be sure to get your endorphins pumping – try PureGym, The Gym, or David Lloyd!

Food & Drink


Kingston is a destination for food enthusiasts. Try diverse cuisines from local restaurants and cafes, such as Riverside Walk’s renowned restaurants like Cote Brasserie, Chakra, Bill’s, and more. We also have independents in Kingston such as Poor Boys, Riverside Vegetaria, or Al Forno. If you’re looking for a quick lunch, wander around the Ancient Market Place for street food from all around the world, or pop into one of the many cafes for a bite to eat. There’s something for all tastes!

Cosy Cafes and Pubs

Seek refuge from the winter chill in Kingston’s cosy cafes and traditional pubs. Enjoy a cup of tea or unwind with a pint. The warmth and hospitality of these establishments make them the perfect place for battling the January blues.

Visit our Eat & Drink page to find what satisfies your hunger.

Retail Therapy

Embrace the retail therapy Kingston has to offer. Stroll through the charming streets and explore boutique shops that showcase unique finds. Treat yourself to a special item that sparks joy, lifting your spirits in the process.

For those seeking well-known brands and high-street favorites, Clarence Street, which is home to the Bentall Centre and John Lewis, is a must-visit destination. These shopping havens have a wide range of shops, from fashion and beauty to electronics and homeware.

Kingston’s independent boutiques add a distinctive charm to the shopping landscape. Along the side streets such as Old London Road and Crown Passage, you’ll find hidden gems like quirky vintage stores, bespoke fashion outlets, and artisanal shops.

Visit our Shops page to find out what’s on offer.

Kingston upon Thames, with its blend of cultural experiences, scenic landscapes, and culinary delights, is the ideal antidote to the January blues. Embrace the diversity the town offers, and let each activity, meal, and shopping excursion contribute to brightening your mood during the winter months.