Celebrate Dragon Cafe in the City in Shoe Lane Library.

Since its launch last month, Dragon Cafe in the City has been offering a fantastic open and free space to those working and living in the Square Mile who want to protect their mental wellbeing and boost their resilience. It is a collaborative pilot project between Barbican and Communities Libraries, Wellcome Trust and Carnegie UK ‘Engaging Libraries’ fund, Mental Fight Club, Output Arts, the City of London Corporation and Business Healthy.

There is a full programme of activities all day and you are also invited to join in the evening for speeches and a non-alcoholic drinks reception, hosted by Club Soda – a local organisation promoting mindful drinking.

All activities are free and you only need to book for the massage.

We hope to see you there!


Free and open to everyone – a space to relax and recharge in the city

Shoe Lane Library, EC4A 3JR

All day : Have a listen to the Output Arts installation ‘Soak’ that uses a bath as a playful symbol of relaxation. And view the new Shower Head installation of recordings of people talking about how they relax. All part of the Release the Pressure campaign.

All day : Create art or complete a jigsaw in the Wellbeing Space.

All day: Have a chat in the Thrive LDN Problem Sharing Booth.

12:00 – 15:00 : Unwind in your lunch break with a free 15 minute massage by Caz or Kenny (booking opens in the library from 11.45 on the day.)

13:00 – 14.00 : Today’s Lunch & Learn session is ‘From Stressed to Best’ – Join Alison from ‘Diva on a Harley’ consultancy, as she shares her personal experience of mental health challenges and how that impacts on the working world.

14.30-15.30 : Release the Pressure with Watercolour – Madhumita will help you create watercolour paintings of the sky. All materials provided. No experience necessary.

17:15 – 18:15 : Singing for Wellbeing – Raise your voice with Vivien for a session of joyful singing.

17:30 – 18.15 : Military Training and Mental Strength – John explains how the military training he went through enables him to deal with high threat and high pressure environments, and how these techniques can help you.

17:15 – 18:15 : Good Moves – Check-in with Chess master Ian Grant for this fascinating session looking at strategy and game development.

18.15 – 18:45 : ‘Celebrating Dragon Café in the City’ : This event will bring together those who work on – or who are interested in – health and wellbeing in a workplace context. The City of London Corporation’s Town Clerk and Chief Executive John Barradell and Adam Spreadbury – mental health advocate and co-founder of the Bank of England’s Mental Health Network- will be speaking.

A non-alcoholic drinks reception will be available all evening, hosted by Club Soda- the  mindful drinking movement.