Quiet escapes in Old Street

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Everyone needs a little escape from the phone/email/screen once in a while, plus taking an actual break from work at lunchtime (or any other time for that matter) improves your concentration and performance, so here’s a little list of surprising Old Street escapes we have explored…

Bunhill Fields

William Blake, John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe are some of the non-conformist names you’ll find situated in this tightly packed cemetery near Old Street… it may seem a bit of an odd spot for a lunch break but continues to prove popular with the locals. It’s a great place to escape, reflect, read a book, take a catnap or even have a sunny picnic!

Westland London

You can’t help but feel inspired after a stroll around this beautiful, little known secret tucked between Old Street and Shoreditch High Street. Once known as St Michael’s Church, this stunning space has been home since the 1970s to a wonderful antique, ornament and architectural elements company who have repurposed the Church as their showroom/studios. A five-minute wander through hundreds of carefully displayed statues, fireplaces and ornaments will make you feel as if you’ve somehow managed to sneak into a peaceful manor house in the countryside on your lunch break! The old churchyard is another great spot for lunch break sunbathing/reading too.

LSO St Luke’s

Okay, so classical music may not be to everyone’s tastes but when you’re desperate for a little escape and need to clear your mind it really helps. Swing by St Luke’s for a lunchtime concert from 1pm on most Thursdays (not including the Summer holidays) and you could be pleasantly surprised by your Zen-like state of mind by the time you leave.

Beers London

No… not the usual ‘beers’ at lunchtime, Beers London is an art gallery down the road from our studio that works closely with emerging and established artists. With rolling exhibitions this is a perfect getaway from the noise of the studio and city… and a good way to get the creative juices flowing before heading back to the studio.