We didn't think anything in Covent Garden could be described as "London’s oasis of calm and insight", but Inner Space is a welcome surprise. As a meditation and personal development centre, it welcomes people who are feeling a bit burned out or who want to learn new techniques in relaxation and head clearing. There are guided classes on improving self-esteem, thinking more positively, managing time and lunchtime and evening meditation sessions. All sessions and activities are free, but they welcome donations. We'd really love to see more places like this.
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The Phoenix Artist Club
A gaudy, violet-lit and portrait-adorned members club located in the original dressing and rehearsal rooms of The Phoenix Theatre. It’s a haven for the London thesp scene amongst other celebs, but us mere (non-member) mortals can sneak in before 9pm or with a ticket. They offer a scrummy pre-theatre menu on Tuesdays to Saturdays, and it stays open till 2.30am... so pop in for a post-show cocktail or three. If you’re a karaoke lover then you’re in luck; they do a weekly musical theatre open mic night every Thursday - somewhere you can really put that shower singing to practice.
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