This summer, life in Britain moved outside: unable to socialise freely indoors, we flooded the parks to enjoy the sunshine. Bars and restaurants filled pavements and whole streets with tables and chairs for socially-distanced dining. It was a unique time, and in some ways, inspiring – proof that people can always find ways to spend time together.
Now we’re facing a less amenable season, winter, with yet more Covid-19 precautions – and what you really want to do when it’s misty and drizzly on a Sunday afternoon in December is to sit in front of a pub fireplace. But there are places in the world where people don’t feel like that. In Scandinavian countries, which routinely make up the leaderboard of the UN’s World Happiness Report, going outside is part of the national culture.
Flourishing together is at the heart of our vision for Brent Cross Town. So what can we learn from chillier Northern Europe about how to connect and thrive throughout this challenging season?