The Canvas Cafe: London's First Happy Cafe
Located in the vibrant heart of Shoreditch, the Canvas Cafe is a cafe and creative venue with a difference and a goal...a goal to improve the self-esteem and wellbeing of all London goers.
We caught up with the woman behind the vision and founder of the cafe, Ruth Rodgers. After working as an actress for many years and finding body image a very prevalent issue, Ruth decided to set up a charity, Body Gossip, with the aim to get people talking about their bodies to improve their confidence and self-esteem.
A few years later, The Canvas Cafe was born. With a friendly and relaxed vibe, the walls represent a blank canvas for the thoughts, opinions, ideas and stories of customers, answering questions that focus around people's happiest experiences and giving them a chance to become part of an ever-evolving piece of live art.
As well as running daily events to inspire self-expression, happiness and positive thinking, the cafe has also teamed up with Action for Happiness to host events and workshops on these issues.
Now if that wasn't enough, the cafe serves a delicious menu of fresh, ethically-sourced homemade food to nourish you from the inside out in line with their ethos. Think fresh sourdough, free-range eggs, homemade crepes, raw cakes and smoothies. But the real eye-catcher on the menu has to be their famous 'freakshakes'. Vegans rejoice! These decadent treats are a healthy take on traditional milkshakes but are completely free from dairy and refined sugar. Made with vegan ice cream and nut milk and topped with raw cakes and whipped soya cream, they really are as good as they look!
If you’d like to try for yourself, The Canvas Cafe is offering Aduna Feel Good Tribers a hot drink (pot of tea for 1, or a coffee) or an iced coffee for just £1.50 when you show this article on your phone at the checkout. The offer is valid until 4th September 2016.
The Canvas Cafe is located at 42 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL. You can find out more by visiting their website: http://thecanvascafe.org