The rise of flower therapy
Need a break from staring at a screen or worrying about work? Book yourself into a flower-arranging class at one of London’s coolest florists
Flower Appreciation Society

Studies show that exposure to flowers boosts positivity and reduces stress – and since arranging a bouquet requires you to get into a focused flow state, it’s an ideal activity if you’re prone to thinking about a million things at once. Flower Appreciation Society sees their workshops as a form of ‘flower therapy’: choose from an array of workshops, and relax. From £75; BE Studios, 72A Southgate Rd, N1

Rebel Rebel

Boutique London florist Rebel Rebel’s creations are as adventurous as their name. Using mostly seasonal, often British blooms, their imaginative designs have found favour with the likes of Dior and Stella McCartney – and their regular evening workshops are hugely popular too. Arrange flowers in a vase, create a bouquet or weave a flower crown while enjoying wine and snacks (aka the dream). From £75; 117 Mare St, E8

Grace & Thorn

New-wave florists Grace & Thorn create offbeat arrangements that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll get the chance to recreate the company’s signature clash of flowers, foliage and textures at their fresh and dried bouquet classes, terrarium workshops and table centrepiece masterclasses. As an added bonus, there’ll also be plenty of prosecco on hand. From £80; Poplar Business Park, 10 Preston’s Rd, E14

Urban Flower Co

Rainbow-bright blooms, tropical foliage, edgy designs: there’s nothing traditional about Urban Flower Co, an independent florist and plant studio in Crouch End. Run by botanical florist Matthew Richardson, the seasonal workshops allow you get creative with a colourful mix of fresh, dried and dyed flowers, with a big focus on using foliage to combat the chaos of urban living. Expect drinks and music too. From £60; 47 Park Rd, N8

Petalon Flowers

Looking for an antidote to soulless bouquet deliveries? Check out Petalon Flowers, run by husband and wife Florence and James Kennedy. Each week, they design two fresh seasonal bunches that are low in wastage and sustainably delivered by bicycle – and you can recreate these lovely wildflower bouquets at their workshops every Thursday night. Soul-lifting stuff. From £80; The Old Dairy, 71 Powerscroft Rd, E5

Stylist’s fitness editor Meriam has found a strength-training hack for full-on weeks

I love a good gym-based workout, but sometimes it’s just not possible to fit a class into my already-packed schedule (or, you know, I decide to go for dinner with friends instead). So I love these little 3lb weights, which I use to sneak in strength training on busy weeks.

Strap them to your ankles before walking to the office in the morning (or while dashing to your chosen restaurant come 7pm), and you’ll do a leg workout without even thinking about it. They can also be worn to add resistance when Officially Exercising – they’re great for leg lifts – and they’re light enough to travel with. All-round wonders. £14, P.Volve

This nu-gen wellness festival has something for everyone – whatever the ‘w’ word means to you

What makes you feel calm, energised and content? Maybe it’s an inspiring talk. Or a meditation session. Or an intense workout. However you boost your sense of wellbeing, you’ll find something that suits at Wellness Summit 2020 – a day of fitness classes, Pollen + Grace cookery workshops, treatments by the likes of Blink Brow Bar, and talks by experts including life coach Deeba Anandan (pictured). 8.30am-4pm, 29 Feb; from £10; 43 Bank St, E14

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