Is your household still 'locked down', safely away from the Coronavirus, but starting to show signs of cabin fever yet?
Urban life presents some extra challenges right now. Often a smaller living space, close to the city's centre, is the trade off for the hustle and bustle - the excitement and culture of the immediate world outside. But for a few weeks more at least, we are compelled to remain indoors while still managing our mental and physical well-being.
So, have you got bored of exercising on your yoga mat in front of the TV yet, or tired of throwing dice to see who in your home gets to sit on the terrace? If so, here are a few nearby outdoor spaces you could escape to for an hour each day...
The St Mary Magdalen Churchyard at the south end of Bermondsey Street is a surprisingly peaceful and relaxing place for a walk, or rolling out your fitness mat and doing an hour-long cardiovascular workout.
If you are a runner and need to avoid the footpaths near the river, then Bermondsey Spa Gardens is open 24 hours a day and is quite beautiful at this time of year with plenty of Cherry Blossom trees in full bloom. There is also Tabard Gardens, near Borough station, which has a combination of lawned spaces, a sports field, children's playground and an outdoor gym.
Remember, all the parks that are managed by Southwark Council are still open (with varying opening and closing hours), but you are advised to use them only once a day for exercise and you still need to maintain social distancing (2 metres apart from anyone else and washing hands etc).
For joggers who are likely to have more stamina for both pace or distance then Southwark Park is the place for you. If you don't know it already then it's situated at the end of Jamaica Road at Rotherhithe. At over 60 acres in size it offers plenty of space for runners and walkers with a landscape that can keep you pleasantly interested as you complete your daily circuits, including a small lake with boathouse.
Best of luck, and be sure to do your warm up exercises first!