Here’s the place to find calm in London
From parks to cafe’s to museums, we set up this directory to help Londoners find more calm as part of our mission to spread the calm. You’ll find places that are a little quieter and more peaceful than the rest of the city, and help foster mindfulness.
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Ayurveda is the ancient Indian holistic medical system, based on achieving physical and mental harmony with nature, which has been practised for more than 5000 years. Ayurveda means "science of life" ("Ayu" meaning life and "Veda" meaning science), and was first recorded in the Vedas the world's oldest surviving literature.
All early Ayurvedic writing is based on the Samkhya or Sankhya philosophy of creation ("Sat" meaning truth and "Kha" meaning to know). Ayurveda was created during a time of great enlightenment, when the sages of ancient India discovered truth by means of religious practices and disciplines, including Yoga and meditation, techniques that are being increasingly appreciated in the West today. They believed in a close relationship between man and the universe and the flow of cosmic energy in different forms between all living and nonliving things.
Basak Pastenesi in Stoke Newington may be the only bakery in London where you can see your durum bread being rolled out and baked, and Cheese in Muswell Hill does what it says on the sign, offering a mouth-watering array of white camembert and blue-veined Stilton.
In the heart of London, is Benjamin Franklin House, the world's only remaining Franklin home.
The Historical Experience presents the excitement and uncertainty of Franklin's London years using rooms where so much took place as staging for a drama that seamlessly integrates live performance, cutting edge lighting, sound and visual projection.
The Student Science Centre focuses on Franklin's London science - from lightning rods to hydrodynamics, allowing school children to satifsy their historical and scientific curiosity, free of charge. Outreach, including Ben's Travelling Suitcase, brings our educational activities into schools and the community.
The top floor Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre is a focal point in Europe for Franklin and the myriad subjects with which he is associated, featuring a full set of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, as catalogued by Yale University, as well as an active internship programme, and nearly 40 public events per year.
Bevis Marks is the oldest synagogue in Britain and has barely changed since the early 18th century. In the main room of the synagogue hang seven ornate brass and candelabra, one for each day of the week, but overall, with its original wooden seating and simple balconies, the interior is very simple and unadorned.
Bishopsgate Library is open to everyone. There is no need to make an appointment to visit the Library, or to bring proof of address or ID with you. Their special collections are kept in closed access and need to be consulted in their Researchers' Area.
The Bishopsgate Library also holds a small open access general reference collection including daily newspapers. Visitors are welcome to use the Library for private study, along with their computers and photocopying facilities. Personal laptops can also be used and there is free wifi access.
This unpretentious cafe doesn't appear to have changed since the 1970s so the woven rattan lampshades might be pleasantly nostalgic for some customers.
There aren't many worker's cafe that don't have the radio playing all day, so Blandfords is a rare find. They serve sandwiches tea and cold drinks to take away, but can also cook up traditional English fare such as bangers and mash, toad in the hole and beans on toast.
Body Studio is a unique personal training space in the heart of Shoreditch, nested under the railway arches on Rivington Street. We are more than your an average East London gym, we are an urban retreat who's sole purpose is to transform and support our clients.
The Bonnington Café is a co-operatively run vegetarian and vegan restaurant in the Bonnington Square Community Centre in the heart of Vauxhall.One of South London's best-kept secrets tucked amidst the beautiful community gardens of the square,the Café has been open since the early 80's when it was started as a squat Café to provide a good cheap meal for the community.
A delightful play space for the kids and something of a sanctuary from the big city storm for the adults. It is one of the beating ‘hearts’ of our community and a place of pilgrimage for many more.
The wheel at the end of the garden, is a classic piece of Industrial Revolution Art dating from the 1860’s. It was rescued from a nearby marble factory (under demolition as we were constructing) where it was used to ‘wet cut’ marble. Legend has it that once a year the wheel turns, bringing forth beautiful, crystal clear champagne from the worlds below…a delightful fishing boat that floated above the pergola on a sea of wisteria set sail one midnight eve ne’er to be seen again – but only ever for believers.
Bookartbookshop features the publications of some of Britain’s best-known artist presses and publishers of artists’ books, as well as books from abroad. The shop is a centre and a service for individual & institutional collectors, artists, publishers and the aesthetically and bibliographically curious.
It is presently a not-for-profit organisation ploughing back any profits into the improvement of the enterprise, and while it aspires to have a team of full paid staff it is still dependant partly upon volunteer labour.