One of the benefits of working within central London is the number of quiet urban spaces that can add colour, tranquillity and community to your lunch break.

And if you live or work anywhere near King’s Cross, Euston or Bloomsbury, then you’re in luck — The Calthorpe Project is one of the best urban spaces in the centre of the capital.

The Calthorpe Project, King's Cross, London

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The Calthorpe Project was set-up to improve the physical and emotional well-being of those who live, work or study in Camden and surrounding areas.

Calthorpe Project Cafe, King's Cross

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When the land went up for sale in 1980, Camden council busily prepared it for 70,000 square feet of office space. That was until local people caught wind of the plans and then campaigned successfully for the space to be turned into a community garden.

The Calthorpe Project, King's Cross, London

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As well as training and offering volunteering opportunities to people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, the project also supports sustainable food growing.

A big part of this eco-friendly effort is the vegetarian cafe, which serves organic veg right from the garden and they even use the remains to fuel the cookers and indoor heaters.

The Calthorpe Project, King's Cross, London

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The Calthorpe Project: the essentials

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-6pm

Nearest Tube: King’s Cross

More information: Visit The Calthorpe Project website

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