Visit London Asks: What Cheers You Up in London?

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The third Monday in January (today!) is thought by some to be the most depressing day of the year.

(There’s some scientific formula about the distance between Christmas and payday, and people having depressing New Year’s Resolutions like giving up chocolate and fun…)

So, in case anyone is suffering from a bout of the blues today, we want to help them out. We want to know: what cheers you up in London? When it’s cold and grey outside, what is it in London that never fails to put a smile on your face?

Whether it’s London’s fantastic comedy scene, fun musicals, enjoying a meal with friends in a cosy pub, or wrapping up warm and heading out into London’s green spaces, we want your tips on getting over a glum spell.

Let us know in the comments below. And smile while you’re doing it!


  1. Barry Parker says:

    I am an American and was in London for a business trip in the last week of November, 2009. This coincides with the American “Thanksgiving” holiday, typically a time for gathering with family and eating big portions of turkey, potatoes and other filling foods. I was fortunate in that my hotel was located within 10 minutes from the London branch of an American restaurant “THE PALM”, which had opened during Spring 2009, on Pont Street, not far from Knightsbridge (Picadilly Line) and Sloane Square (District – Circle Lines). For me, it was a fabulous venue to go in for their special meal, and I was not the only American who had the same idea. The food was excellent (no surprise) but what was unexpected was the very “home away from home” atmosphere in the restaurant.

    Of course, I visit London for things that are British, but the Palm restaurant was a very nice touch at the beginning of the Holiday season. Speaking of things British, I encountered several guild halls where business events took place, including the Merchants Taylors Hall (near the Stock Exchange), Cutlers Hall, and Ironmongers Hall (near St. Pauls). These venues are uniquely London.

  2. Jez says:

    I’ve seen some fantastic comedy in London. Michael McIntyre at the Apollo, Banana Cabaret in Balham, the Comedy Tree in Putney. Always a great evening whenever I go, guaranteed to have you grnning whatever the weather

  3. LazyLondon says:

    I kept the winter blues away with a visit to GSK Contemporary at the Royal Academy this weekend. There was lots to see and think about, although the big red globe sculpture wasn’t lit up – how depressing!

  4. Sarah says:

    I completely agree. The third Monday in January is always a tough day – there is nothing to look forward to except rain, wind and damaged bank account! I love our English history and there is so much in London to admire. I found this blog that sums up the great places that we are lucky to live around –