From good food to green spaces, look after your wellbeing at Paddington Central
It’s easy to dismiss the importance of spending time on yourself but, if we’ve learned anything over the past few years, it’s that taking time out to pamper, recharge and rejuvenate have a huge impact on our mental and physical wellness and can help to improve our brain power, immune systems and overall sense of wellbeing.
It can also come in all sorts of guises: it can be something as simple as upping your leafy greens (great sources of fibre, folate, iron, calcium, and vitamins C and K, they’ve been shown to play a critical role in regulating the immune system) to spending time exercising by water (known as ‘blue spaces’, a 2013 study found that they can impact people’s happiness index by a large margin) to immersing yourself in a quiet place for deep thinking and enjoyment.
Inspired by the good food, fun workouts, canals and green spaces at Paddington Central, we’ve put together 12 ways you can instantly boost your mood, body and soul to ensure you’re taking good care of yourself all year round.
Embrace Japanese food
High in grains and vegetables with moderate amounts of animal products and soy but minimal dairy and fruit, a Japanese diet has been proven to protect against cardiovascular disease. Thanks to itsu’s varied range of smoked salmon and veggie sushi, seaweed, kombucha, veggie-filled miso noodles and more, it’s an essential component to building a healthy diet and one that can support your mental wellness too.
Up your omega 3s
According to the British Dietetic Association, omega 3s can have a beneficial effect on our brains, eyes, heart, blood vessels, lungs and the immune and hormone systems. They can be found in nuts, seeds and oily fish making Lords of Poke an essential destination when it comes to wellbeing. Offering up bowls of fresh and sustainable sashimi tuna and salmon, wholegrain rice, spring onion, kimchi cucumbers and avocado salsa verde, they’re delicious and excellent ways to up your intake of ALA, EPA and DHA.
Support Fruitful Wednesdays
The @fruitful_pip team serves up fresh orange juice, fruit and smoothies from the bike on Fruitful Wednesdays at Paddington Central. Part of our collaboration with PiP (@pursuingindependentpaths), our long-standing community partner which support adults with learning disabilities to achieve their potential and move towards independence, it’s a great way for PiP trainees to gain invaluable life, communication and vocational skills and play an active place in our community and boost your vitamin intake to boot. So don’t miss it.
Find a workout you love
Nuffield Health is the UK’s leading not-for-profit healthcare organisation. They place an emphasis on holistic wellbeing offering community spaces that provide swimming lessons and polls, gyms, physiotherapy and personal training alongside boutique workout classes and a medical clinic (access the Paddington site here) making them the perfect place to kickstart a new training regime or to enhance one you already love. With a state-of-the-art Technogym and a welcoming and knowledgeable team, it’s an easy way to bring variety and innovation to your workouts (a proven method to get the most out of your workouts).
Eat the rainbow
Beany Green and Darcie & May Green bring an Aussie love of good food, drinks and atmosphere to Paddington Central. Whether you’re sitting on the 50ft-deck open deck of the Darcie & May barge (guaranteed to bring cheer to your heart thanks to the Sir Peter Blake-designed bright Pop Art) in the sunshine or eating lamingtons at Beany Green (order a box and another box will be donated to a local NHS worker), both Daisy Green outlets have menus full of brain-wellness ingredients: Aleppo chilli, blueberries and avocado (excellent for 30 plant point diets to boost your gut’s microbiome); smoked salmon for omega 3 brain building blocks and poached eggs for vitamins and minerals.
Take some time for yourself
Everyone deserves some down time and Pall Mall Barbers at Paddington is one of London’s best spots for barber services. From wet shaves to men’s haircuts, the team provides an expert and experienced service. It may sound like self-care is an indulgence but it’s also actually been shown to boost productivity and reduce stress.
Dig into lots of fruit and veg
According to Harvard Chan School of Public Health, eating plenty of vegetables and fruit can, “lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar.” Which makes Pure an essential destination in your address book thanks to its menu of freshly blended smoothies, salads and grain bowls (try the Bang Bang Cauliflower bowl which is filled with roasted spiced cauliflower, roasted broccoli, quick-pickled vegetables, cucumber, grated carrot and super seeds on crunchy cos lettuce) and wraps.
Spend some time in the garden
From gardening workshops with Rooftop Farmers Square Mile Farms to simply taking some time out to listen to the birds and enjoy nature, our Community Garden is designed to give respite from everyday life and encourage biodiversity. With bird boxes, bug hotels, sedum roofs and pollinator-friendly plants to attract birds, butterflies and insects, it’s free and open to all so take a spot in the sunshine. After all, being in nature can reduce stress, lower the heart rate and ease muscle tension.
Exercise in blue spaces
Being near water increases mental wellness for a variety of reasons: from less polluted air to encouraging people to exercise more and, crucially, for its restorative psychological effects. You don’t even need to get in the water (although it’s worth checking out Active 360’s stand-up paddleboarding at Paddington Basin) to feel the benefit. From exploring the glorious architecture and canal boats of Little Venice to the sweeping wildflower meadows and free parakeets at Hyde Park, be inspired by our walking and biking guides to take time out for yourself on the canal and boost your brain at the same time.
Give your mind some quiet time
Silence is a many splendored thing. Especially when it comes to daydreaming and reflection so taking yourself out of your natural work environment and into the beautiful spaces of Storey Club (our favourite is the plant-filled Garden Suite) is the perfect way to give yourself some brain space. Or, if you want to chat and brainstorm with colleagues, then just changing your background could help boost your creativity.
Balance your diet
Ensuring you’re getting enough protein (especially post-workout), low GI carbs and fresh fruit and vegetables can be tricky when you’re also juggling work, family, friends and living in the city. Which is why Tossed is all about making a balanced diet as easy as possible with a menu that’s broken down into sections that reflect your life. Choose from vegan, gym food that aids recovery and boosts energy levels, salads and juices that will help everything from your body to your brain. Their website also features a nutritional calculator to help you plan every day.
Dine in the sunshine
The new wagamama Paddington features a huge alfresco dining area which, believe it or not, can help digestion, improve concentration, increase vitamin D levels and reduce inflammation. Plus with a menu of nourishing, fresh and nutritious meals including kokoro bowls, summer noodles, donburi (sticky rice with plenty of veg) and vegan salad bowls, it’s the perfect place to show yourself some love. (Discover more places to eat outside at Paddington Central with our helpful guide.)
From wellbeing workshops to outdoor yoga, Paddington Central is home to year-round events that help to support your work-life balance. Get the latest news on our What's On page.