Dragon Cafe in the City: building resilience in the Square Mile

Today, 8th February, an exciting new project launches in the Square Mile.

Dragon Cafe in the City – a facility dedicated to supporting and promoting the mental health and wellbeing of anyone working or living in the City of London – will be running as a pilot project for the next six months, until mid-July.

Hosted in Shoe Lane Library (1 Little New Street, London EC4A 3JR), Dragon Cafe in the City will run on Thursdays on a fortnightly basis, between noon and 8:30pm. It will offer a wide range of free drop-in activities and workshops designed to boost holistic wellbeing – mind, body and soul.

Open to City workers and residents as a sanctuary to release pressure from work and life, Dragon Cafe in the City offers a space to unwind and take a break. Visit on your lunchbreak and/ or after work on the way to catch the train.

Dragon Cafe in the City can help City workers and residents boost their mental resilience and develop coping mechanisms. The programme of activity will change on a fortnightly basis, but will include as an example:

  • Workshops on improving wellbeing and motivation with small habits to overcome big problems
  • Free short massage
  • Creative activities
  • Chess strategy
  • Terrarium-making
  • Tai Chi and mindfulness

A sneak peek taster session for Business Healthy members saw over 40 City employers represented. An Associate Director in Deloitte’s Innovation Team spoke to guests about the importance of creativity and play to enhancing productivity and the wellbeing of staff.

To find out more about Dragon Cafe in the City and to sign-up for updates on upcoming activities, visit www.dragoncafeinthecity.com 


Xenia Koumi

Xenia is a Public Health Specialist at the City of London Corporation and leads the Business Healthy programme