There’s An Indoor Forest In Central London And The Air Is 80% Cleaner Than Outside

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Get yourself down to Lindahls Skogscafé, the pop-up Swedish Forest where the air inside is 80% cleaner than the air in London.

Open today, October 23, The Lindahls Skogscafé is filled with real Swedish trees and pumped full of purified air that has been specially treated to match the sparkling clean air found in Swedish forests. It’s said to be 80% cleaner than the air surrounding the café, which sits in Leicester Square.

If you’ve ever taken a trip to the countryside after a long stint in London, you’ll know that breathing in the fresh air does wonders for your mind. So this is the perfect spot to take a short break from the stresses of urban life.

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Dr Trudi Edginton, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of London said “Studies show that there are measurable benefits to mindfulness when we immerse ourselves in nature. This can awaken all our senses and bring our attention to the present moment, to regulate our mood, quieten the mind, reduce cortisol levels and improve memory, attentional focus and concentration. Our lives are often so busy that our focus is captured by the pull of future goals or ruminating about the past so much so that we often override our experiences of stress, pain or discomfort and we miss the richness of the present moment.”

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During your visit, you’ll be able to breathe in the fresh air inside the Swedish Forest Room, take part in a relaxing yoga session, learn how to make the perfect smoothie bowl, or even win a trip to Sweden for, you know, actual Swedish forests that last more than a day.

Location: The White Space, 5 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB. Nearest station: Leicester Square. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: today only – October 23.
Price: free to enter.
More information: visit their Facebook page.

Talking of cleaner air, here are the recent plans for Oxford Street and how Sadiq Khan hopes to tackle issues such as poor air quality.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.