A blurred image of someone on a bike cycling past a Stratford landmark


During this uncertain time wellbeing both physically and emotionally is on everyone’s mind. In fact, according to the ONS just over 50% of adults have stated that the coronavirus has impacted their wellbeing.

So, what better time to discuss the wonderful opportunities for wellbeing in Stratford at present and what you can expect in a post- lockdown world. Below you can find out top five wellbeing opportunities you can take advantage of right now and highlighted our favourite five features for wellbeing at IQL during business as usual. 


What can Stratford offer me right now?


1. 35km worth of walking trails and cycle routes!

It’s important to remember that the Government has allowed us to leave the house for one exercise session a day! Exercise is known to reduce the levels of stress and anxiety we feel. Why not try out one of the new cycle ways and footpaths around IQL? Or take a look at our article on the best walks in Stratford.

2. Get some green time into your day

Spending time in green space causes sustained improvement of depression over time. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has 560 acres of accessible park land, with 6,000 new trees and 300,000 wetland plants, why not go and explore nature on your daily stroll?

3. Missing out on your fruit and veg?

Signorelli, an independent Italian bakery, has started an online shop with collection and delivery options to give you access to the essential fresh produce you need to keep you fighting fit during the Covid-19 crisis.

4. Volunteering

If you’re finding you have some excess time why not volunteer? Active Newham are calling out for people to #HelpNewham. It’s proven that volunteering can help give us a sense of purpose and positively impacts are mental wellbeing.

5. Need a new adventure?

Newham Libraries are offering e-Library services where you can sign up for your membership online. Grabbing a new page turner can help keep our brains engaged and focused, and it also allows us a little bit of escapism for a good mental break.


What wellbeing features can you expect at IQL in a post-lockdown world?


1. Workspaces that maximise our physical and mental wellbeing

All of our buildings will be 100% fresh air spaces, full height glazing will optimise natural light, external noise pollution will be limited, and spaces have been designed to connect employees.

2. Spaces that have sustainability built into their heart

New buildings on the development are designed with rising temperatures, lowering air quality and extreme weather in mind. They will be powered by 100% renewable energy, have rainwater harvesters and use sustainably sourced timber where possible. 

3. Exercise and physical wellbeing will get a boost

In addition to the 560 acres of parkland from the QEP and new cycle routes around IQL, we expect that the London Aquatics Centre, Lee Valley Velopark and Copper Box Arena Gym will all reopen providing ample ways to keep you fit.

4. East Bank will become more established 

A selection of cultural leaders are moving to East London, some of these include UCL, the V&A, Sadler’s Wells and BBC, who will come together to form East Bank. This will create for a unique cultural mix that is sure to keep you engaged in the years to come.

5. You'll be able to change things up with The Living Room

At IQL The Living Room is a free, multi-use co-working space and is equipped with power sources, Wi-Fi and lighting, which will help us keep being versatile with the way we work and socialise.