Embrace Veganuary

Kickstart your healthy resolutions by exploring Kingston’s vibrant food scene, with a focus on Veganuary. Several restaurants in the town cater to plant-based enthusiasts. Wildwood, Wagamama, Chakra, The Cheeky Pea, Busaba, and Riverside Vegetaria are just a few of the local gems offering delicious and flavourful vegan options.

Get Active at Kingston’s Fitness Centres

Prioritise your physical well-being by joining one of Kingston’s gyms. Whether you go for the services at The Gym, PureGym or David Lloyd, you’ll find a fitness haven that suits your preferences. Equip yourself with the latest sports gear from Sports Direct and JD Sports, and invest in quality activewear from Sweaty Betty to make your workout sessions stylish and comfortable.

Discover the Joy of Reading

For those aiming to read more in the coming year, there are multiple places to discover the joy of literature. Immerse yourself in the vast selection at Waterstones and WHSmith, or explore the rich collection at Kingston Library. Discover hidden treasures at The Works and Oxfam Bookshop, ensuring that your reading resolutions are met with an array of captivating titles.

Find a New Look

It’s a new year, and a new you, so why not revamp your personal style and embrace a fresh new look? Kingston upon Thames offers a fantastic array of clothing retailers that cater to diverse tastes and preferences. Wander around retail haven the Bentall Centre or down Clarence Street for high street favourites, or check out the fiercely independent Old London Road for some quirky finds. If you want specifics on clothing in Kingston, take a look at our Shops page.

Cultivate New Hobbies

If ever there’s a time to take up a new hobby, it’s the start of the year – Kingston boasts a variety of stores catering to artistic pursuits.

Arts & Crafts

Explore Not My Beautiful House and CASS Art for classes on everything from painting to writing, and stock up on supplies at Pullingers, Typo, and Ryman.

Connect with Nature

If you’re looking to be more adventurous, get started with Go Outdoors, Alpkit, Cotswold Outdoors or Evolve eBikes.

Create New Dishes

Has learning how to cook or create fun new drinks piqued your interest? ProCook and Lakeland have you covered with the kitchen supplies, or take a class at Bone Idyll’s Gin School to learn how to distill your own gin.

Find Your Tribe

If you’re looking for new games, comics, and hobbies to explore, join the vibrant communities at Warhammer, Piranha Comics or Funclub for a unique and enjoyable experience. Or, connect with friends and family in one of Kingston’s escape rooms – there’s either Kingston Escape Rooms or Escape Hunt on offer.

Kingston upon Thames is not only a retail destination but a hub of opportunities for those seeking a fresh start in the New Year. Whether you’re aiming to embrace a plant-based lifestyle, get fit, read more, or cultivate new hobbies, Kingston’s diverse offerings will help get you started on your journey to a new you this year!