Without sounding like an alcoholic, I personally never need an excuse to drink. However, if I ever did, then 100 Wardour St is giving the public the perfect incentive. The ‘Feel Good Garden’, which launched on the 2nd of July and which closes on the 4th of September, has been created in partnership with Bryony Gordon and Mika Simmons, all in aid of the charity Mental Health Mates. The aim of the Soho haunt’s campaign ‘Wardourfest’ is to shatter the silence surrounding mental health and to bring together the creative community, with £1 from every bill going straight to Mental Health Mates.
The garden is occupying the venue’s Atrium and provides an opportunity to take a moment away, either alone with one’s thoughts, or collectively as part of a group, from the hustle and bustle of the city and from life in general. The cascades of colourful flowers which adorn the walls and which culminate in a stunning heart arrangement inspire calm and creativity. They further help guests revive, refresh and reconnect externally with the environment around them, and internally with their mind and self. The tranquil, tropical oasis creates a relaxing and inclusive atmosphere and is accompanied by a range of activations from a botanical-inspired aperitivo menu featuring Ketel One Botanicals. Expect to sample exquisite cocktails such as Secret Garden – a concoction of Ketel One Botanical Cucumber and Mint, apple, lime and ginger ale; Wild Bird – a medley of Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose, Aperol, lime, agave and soda, and P!nk – a beautiful blend of Ketel One Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom, fresh peach, rose and sparkling wine. If 100 Wardour St’s previous ‘Creative Disorder’ menu, which was created to celebrate the beauty and splendour of iconic artists and their personal experiences of mental health, is anything to go by, guests certainly will not be disappointed with the quality of cocktails on offer.
In today’s day and age where mental health is omnipresent, charities such as Mental Health Mates are ever more important. Mental Health Mates is a network of peer support groups run by people with mental health issues themselves, who meet regularly to walk and talk without fear or judgement. The charity was started by Bryony Gordon in 2016, who had a dream that such walks would spring up all around the country. So far, the charity has catalysed walks in over 70+ locations including Europe, North America and the Middle East. As these diverse geographical locations show, the charity has had a far reaching impact and it is now down to members of the public to help the impact of the charity spread even further. For more information, visit: https://www.mentalhealthmates.co.uk
100 Wardour St will be concluding Wardourfest on the 4th of September with a charity gig in support of Mental Health Mates. But before this date, I encourage you to hop on the tube or train and raise a glass or two in aid of such a great cause. Because together we can help lessen the stigma surrounding mental health and increase the global conversation. Awareness is everything.