Contemplative London, England
Where do London writers go to find a little bit of calm in the city? For, Global Cool's Emily Rycroft, it's the Buddhapadipa Temple:
"Nestled in a hidden corner of Wimbledon is a largely unknown haven of calm - the perfect escape from the Olympic buzz. The Buddhapadipa Temple is a truly humbling place for anyone looking for a spot of peace and serenity in this bustling city. Wander through beautifully kept gardens, stopping to ponder at the moving and inspiring tributes to past Buddhists. Follow the ducklings down the winding river, over pretty bridges, whilst catching whiffs of incense from the main temple. This is a religious place and should be treated with your utmost respect, so immerse yourself in the stillness and feel your soul lift."
Meanwhile, for Annie Caulfield, there's magic at The Serpentine:
"Since 2000 a pavilion has been commissioned for the summer by the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. This year’s collaboration between architects Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and the admirable Ai Weiwei goes beneath the grass, exploring the traces of previous pavilions. Cork clad, it’s a cool, comfortable place to rest and meditate. The rain water caught on the floating platform roof can drain into the earth to create a dance floor. Go early for the quiet or look out for news of parties in the air.
A little piece of imaginative magic for free. I just love that."
Emily Rycroft writes for sustainability website, Global Cool.