Self-care is now an essential part of life. From understanding the importance of a good work-life balance to embracing nourishing food and drink to boost mental and physical wellness via making time for exercise and rejuvenation, the pandemic has underlined why taking time out to ensure we’re in a good place for our work and leisure time, friends, family and ourselves is incredibly important.
Research has shown that regular exercise can positively affect your mood, self-esteem and quality of sleep while taking time out to pamper yourself – whether that’s focusing on skincare, facial, body and hair treatments, meditation, watching a film or booking a massage and wellness therapies – can help to reduce stress and trigger the relaxation response that’s essential for our overloaded nervous systems.
Broadgate next to Liverpool Street in east London is the perfect spot to explore all forms of self-care. With beauty, body and hair treatments at Kiehl’s, DestinationSkin and Douce hair salon; inspiring exercise at 1Rebel and the new John Reed; plant-powered and mind-and-body-boosting food from Farmer J, Island Poke, Comptoir and Nyokee; pampering packages at Neom, L’Occitane, The Body Shop and cult skincare advice from Space NK alongside nourishment for the mind and soul courtesy of Broadgate’s public art, Everyman Broadgate and the Theatre Deli, take the time out to spend some essential time on yourself.
The best health treatments, skincare, body care and wellness essentials
Head to Neom for a wellbeing package
With a beautiful flagship store at 100 Liverpool Street, Neom Organics London creates wellbeing packages to boost and support your mind and body. With five different ranges: destress, sleep, calm and relax, energy and happiness, step into the shop and simply choose which mood applies to you right now. You can then pick up tailor-made essential oils, candles, body butters and bath foams that complement your wellbeing. Their bestselling Wellbeing Pod Aroma Air Scented Diffusers also means you can bring essential oils to your home and fill the air with mind-boosting scents.
Get a personalised skincare guide at Kiehl’s
The Kiehl’s team all boast a level 3 beauty therapy qualification for in-store consultations and the 100 Liverpool Street store now features the innovative Derma-Reader Advanced Skin Analysis. This free advanced skin imaging tool takes a look at what’s happening both on and below your skin’s surface so you can invest in a targeted and bespoke skincare routine that tackles everything from sun spots to anti-ageing. With a relaxing Beauty Treatment room, facials and products including the cult Midnight Recovery Concentrate and the new game-changing Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum, book your consultation here.
Visit Space NK for cult beauty buys
From Drunk Elephant’s Protini Polypeptide Cream (a moisturising classic) to Hourglass’ Unlocked Mascara which gives beautiful, flowing lashes, Space NK is home to a friendly and knowledgeable team who’ll be able to personally guide you through some of the world’s best beauty buys according to your needs. For summer, they recommend Institut Esthederm Adaptasun (organised by Moderate Sun or Strong Sun, a transparent lotion that gives the right sun protection according to the weather) and Byredo’s Gypsy Water eau de parfum.
Sustainable products at The Body Shop
The new hair range at The Body Shop has something for everyone: Ginger for dry and flaky scalps, Shea for Black or tightly curled hair and Tea Tree for oily hair. Pop in and talk to the team and they’ll guide you through their bestsellers and thanks to their pouches and a forthcoming refill station, you can indulge your self-care safe in the knowledge that you’re also looking after the planet.
Get bespoke treatments at DestinationSkin
For beauty therapies and treatments, laser hair removal, chemical skin peels, HydraFacial, redness and rosacea, acne-scarring and clinical treatments, book DestinationSkin for a free consultation. With guidance on treatments and fillers, their blog provides helpful information and insights on the latest technology. (They also offer 25% off for members of the NHS, police, fire and forces.)
Hair care at Douce
Head to Sandy in Finsbury Avenue Square – Douce’s second Airstream for gents’ services including wash cut and finish, clipper cut and beard trim as well as women’s wash cut and finish, blow-dry, highlights and balayage. It’s the perfect spot for much-missed self-care.
Soothing skincare at L’Occitane
After 18 months of astringent sanitising, L’Occitane is a must-visit destination for their beautiful and soothing Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream which also supports their Empowering Women foundation – helping their partners in Burkina Faso to promote women’s leadership through literacy, education and microcredits. They’re also known for their anti-ageing range of Immortelle Divine which uses immortelle essential oil, a powerful ingredient with unique anti-ageing and antioxidant properties.
Eat the rainbow with field trays, poke and more
What we eat and drink on a daily basis can have a huge impact on our brain health. A good diet could even help our mental wellbeing: last year, a study led by the University of Gothenburg found that the Mediterranean diet (which is high in vegetables, olive oil, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains and fish) can give “some protection against depression and anxiety” while omega 3 found in oily fish, leafy greens and nuts is essential for our brains. Research has also shown that supporting the gut-brain axis (the physical and chemical connections between your gut and brain) through microbiome diversity and aiming for 30 plant-based points a week can make a huge difference to our wellness.
Farmer J’s field trays of salads, grains, proteins (grilled harissa chicken, lime leaf tofu curry) and sides (roasted cauliflower or basil, bean and new potatoes) are the easy way to get variety into your diet while Island Poke’s bowls are ideal for upping your intake of salmon, seabass, tuna, kimchi (excellent for your gut microbiome), seaweed and ginger (an instant immune system boost). Comptoir Libanais’ mezzes of grains, couscous, pomegranate, herbs, falafel and salads will easily contribute to your 30 plant points and Nyokee’s low glycemic index gnocchi made with seasonal veg will also boost and maintain energy levels.
Find a workout you’ll love
Boost your fitness and endorphins at 1Rebel
Filled with excellent music, low lighting and uptempo workouts, 1Rebel is one of the best ways to instantly feel energised and excited even if you don’t consider yourself fighting fit. From Rumble (boxing classes like nothing else you’ve experienced, you’ll be punching bags and trying out burpees) to ReShape (treadmills, weights and a new level of self-confidence), it’ll kickstart your fitness (plus their changing rooms and showers are a delight to use). Jade from 1Rebel also recommends: “If you’re an extrovert in need of people, the best classes are post-work times between 6.30-7.30pm; if you prefer quieter times then the 11am Reshape & Rumble and the 3.30pm Rumble classes are best.”
Discover the incredible John Reed Fitness
Newly located at 100 Liverpool Street, Berlin-based John Reed Fitness are bringing their inimitable mix of live DJs and challenging fitness (for all levels) to London. With 22,000 ft of gym over two floors, watch this space.
Nourish your mind and soul with films, theatre and art
Broadgate is home to a huge range of culture, art and creativity. The arrival of NDT Broadgate (a huge rehearsal space and artist development complex for independent artists in response to the pandemic) underlines just how vital it is that all forms of art continue to flourish in London.
The Theatre Deli is a Liverpool Street institution and they’re currently hosting The Perfect Crime escape room – a story that’s powered by audience interaction. The Everyman Broadgate always has a packed programme of arthouse gems and big-name blockbusters lined up with cosy sofas and at-seat service. Plus, take time out to wander around the innovative architecture of Broadgate and discover our public art trail of sculpture, installations and paintings.
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