Bring the outside into your home

For those apartment owners now and in the future lucky enough to have a terrace, balcony, Juliette doors or deep window cills, we have compiled a list of exciting activities and features that will help you recognise how important outdoor space can be at this particular time.

  1. Yoga – Take up yoga. This reposeful activity has a number of noteworthy appeals; not only its’ ability to improve flexibility and increase muscle strength but studies have shown that yoga can significantly boost your serotonin levels, leaving you markedly happier. In this time of global apprehension, yoga is a prime choice for keeping yourself well grounded. A Popular London based yoga teacher is Annie Clarke otherwise there is an array of online classes to choose from for all levels.

  2. Create an Urban Oasis – Flowers and greenery have likewise been proven to trigger our ‘happy brain chemicals’- reducing stress, anxiety, and making us feel decidedly more content. Since the annual ‘National Gardening Week’ is taking place from April 27 to May 3 this year, why not try your hand at a spot of ‘balcony gardening’. Take inspiration from ‘biophilic design’ and create an urban oasis in whatever space you have. Grow flowers, vines, and potted plants to teem this compact area with life – a ‘growing wall’ or hanging potted plants will ensure you don’t lose any space. You can find more information about National Gardening Week, videos and inspiration on the Royal Horticultural Society website.

  3. Exercise – Incorporating an exercise regime into your day is hugely beneficial to our mental and physical wellbeing. Kickstart your day by either taking your workout outside, or reaping the rewards of a glorious post-workout breeze from the safety and comfort of your living room, or on those warmer days allow the sunshine to inject a serving of vitamin D into your home.YouTube is full of free exercise videos that you can do from the comfort of your home, zero equipment required.

  4. Stargazing – May is said to be one of the best times of the year for stargazing. This year, we can expect a number of Supermoon’s, meteor showers and even a comet Atlas which will approach earth at a distance of 72 million miles. Get your astronomy hat on, snuggle up under a blanket and look up to the sky. Make a note of what you see each night and do some research on the results. You may be surprised by what you can see! You can find out more information from the British Astronomical Association.
  1. Create a DIY Bird Feeder – For homeowners with lower level balconies, feed your feathered friends by fashioning a bird feeder. Bird feeders are quick and easy to make; there are plenty of simple tutorials you can watch via YouTube, and be sure to use bird-friendly seeds and grain – these can easily be ordered online too. You can find out more information via RSPB.

  2. Paint a Masterpiece – Why not learn a new skill on your balcony and experiment with art. Take a look around you; what can you see? Whether it’s a cityscape, a water view or green space, get creative and see what you can achieve. The capital has some beautiful places, Manor Place Depot is a development we have located in Elephant and Castle, from here you have the perfect view of London’s city skyline.

    City skyline views from Manor Place Depot
    Royal Albert Wharf is another of our developments which offer inspiring water views across London’s Royal Docks.  
  1. Spot the London Landmark – If drawing isn’t quite your thing, then why not just see what you can find! Many of our developments are based in London, where there is a plethora of popular landmarks on the horizon. Some of our most popular developments, including Manor Place Depot, Peckham Place and New Garden Quarter offer views of The Shard and The London Eye, and even the Olympic Park in Stratford. Make yourself a cuppa, step outside and see if you can find any notable landmarks or focal points from the comfort of your own home.

  2. Date Nights – Whilst our favourite date night bars and restaurants remain closed, it’s important to still dedicate some time to your partner. So, why not order your favourite takeaway, or cook something tasty and recreate a date night on your balcony. Light some candles and eat ‘al fresco’ under the moonlight. Our range of kitchen layouts are sure to suit – from separate kitchens at our Dockside development where you can leave the washing-up for a just a little while longer to open plan kitchen/living areas at New Garden Quarter with kitchen islands that double up as a brilliant entertaining space.

  3. Down-Time – Although it might seem counterintuitive, some peace and quiet may be just what you need to help your mind escape to another place, particularly if you are working from home. Relax on your balcony by listening to music, reading a book, or watching a movie for that all-important downtime. Perhaps invest some time into meditating before bed. Some good apps to aid you are ‘Headspace’ and ‘Calm’ (available on IOS and android).

Whether you are considering a home move now, or once the UK lockdown restrictions are lifted, Notting Hill Genesis is here to offer help and advice. For further information about any of our developments, please call 020 3815 2222 or register now on