Health and wellbeing is more important than ever, and what better time to prioritise it than at the start of a new year. We’re kicking off 2022 with a guide to the best wellbeing-boosting activities across the capital.
It’s no secret that getting outside and reconnecting with nature can do wonders for our mental health, and London has some great walks and routes on offer. The Parkland Walk is the longest linear nature reserve in London and connects Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace on a 5km path by following the former railway line which opened in 1873. Also in North London, the Woodberry Wetlands – adjacent to our development the Heron Quarter at Woodberry Down – provides the perfect setting for keen nature detectives!
Woodberry Wetlands bird's eye view
Elsewhere, the Walthamstow Wetlands is close to our Coachmakers Yard development – a nature reserve providing opportunities for people to walk, enjoy local wildlife and take part in regular activities such as talks, tours and workshops.
Walthamstow Wetlands close to Coachmakers Yard. Photo Credit: London Wildlife Trust
In South London, our Kidbrooke Square development is a stone’s throw from walking routes offering iconic views of the World Heritage Site, Greenwich Park.
Stunning views of Greenwich Park
For those braving dry January, South London is developing a reputation for some excellent bars with extensive non-alcoholic drinks menus. Situated close to Peckham Place, Near and Far Peckham is one of these locations, known for its bright and tropical interior, scenic views across London and, less well-known, a variety of alcohol-free tipples.
The vibrant and scenic Near and Far Peckham
Veganuary has a number of health benefits and can be a great way to enjoy new dishes. There are some renowned vegan restaurants near to our Oaklands Rise development, including Comptoir V which serves Moroccan themed plates, burgers and a selection of creative meat and dairy-free desserts.
Vegan food and desserts at Comptoir V
The Brent to Bowl community cookbook was created by Brent residents and budding chefs and includes recipes from all around the world in celebration of the Borough’s rich diversity and heritage. Focused on reducing food waste, the book brings together 20 uniquely curated, climate-friendly recipes including one from the Great British Bakeoff winner, Nadiya Hussain.
January is also the perfect time of year to kickstart any fitness goals. On site at Goodluck Hope there are a range of amenities for residents to enjoy, including a gym and a pool. The Courtyard’s members-only sauna sits pride of place within an array of botanical plants, offering an oasis of calm and tranquillity amid the hustle and bustle of the city.
Pool facilities at Goodluck Hope
Getting creative can also be a great way to unwind after a hectic Christmas period. RAW Labs is located in our Royal Albert Wharf development also offers classes and courses from beginner-level to expert. Programmes are open to local residents and the public, offering an ever-changing series of events and workshops to meet, learn and create including exhibitions, talks, life-drawing classes, film screenings, weekly art and yoga classes plus lots more.
Award-winning Royal Albert Wharf
Whatever your goals are for the year ahead, everyone at Notting Hill Genesis would like to wish you a healthy and prosperous 2022.