July 23, 2015
Working in an office in London is not for the faint hearted. Anyone who has faced the underground on a weekday at 8am knows that merely getting to your place of work can be a battle. Who needs the gym when you have to arm wrestle your way onto a packed carriage, leap through slamming doors only to be body pressed up the wall for the entirety of your commute to the city. Expecting a seat is out of the question…
But emerging from the dark depths of the underground a true commuting champion, you are rewarded with the towering glory of the city, the architectural richness of the historic London surroundings and vivid green space. Yes, perhaps surprisingly, London is the greenest city of its size in the world with 40% of our beautiful capital covered with refreshing green areas from the large parks, to bustling squares, cemeteries and public gardens.
As an antidote to this frantic start to your day, grab a latté-to-go and take time to explore these green spaces in our beautiful city when you take a break from the office.
According to a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Science & Technology, green spaces in towns and cities contribute to improved and sustained mental health and wellbeing. And with depression being cited as the world’s leading cause of disability by the World Health Organisation in 2012, we need to take our time out in green spaces seriously.
So where better to take a nurturing walk in the great urban outdoors than in one of the most iconic green spaces in London – the 8 Royal Parks. These stunning expanses of green account for over 20 sq km of the 173 sq km verdant space in London. You will find yourself in good company here whether you’re picnicking or rollerblading down the meandering paths – the parks offer something for everyone and a year round buzz of activity.
Regents Park lays claim to the largest outdoor sports area in London, with facilities for football, softball, rugby and cricket plus it boasts an open air theatre and of course London Zoo.
Battersea Park is also home to a bunch of wild animals – and we’re not talking about the Military Fitness goers – but the lesser known Battersea Park Zoo. This is another popular park for sports of all kinds.
Hyde Park and neighbouring Kensington Gardens are the most centrally located and are popular with residents and tourists alike. You’ll likely see Serpentine swimmers as well as skateboarders and joggers here.
For the really Royal experience then it has to be St James Park. Surrounded by 3 royal palaces and home to Horse Guards Parade and the Mall, this stylish slice of greenery gives you a true flavour of London’s urban spaces at its best.
As a cleaning company we understand how invigorating it is to have fresh air and clean space around us and regardless how spotless your office maybe it is still so important to get up and get out to help you be more productive and connected in the workplace.