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City dwellers urged to slow down

London city skyline
The festival will feature a slow walk across Waterloo Bridge

Londoners are being encouraged to slow down and improve their lives as part of a new event in the capital.

The Slow Down London festival takes place from 24 April until 4 May and will feature meditation workshops, art exhibitions and musical performances.

The event aims to get people to take their time so they can appreciate the world around them.

Organiser Tessa Watt believes the festival is an opportunity for people to "stop rushing around".

Letter writing

She said: "The buzz and speed of London can be exhilarating, but when lunch becomes a sandwich at the computer and you hate the tourists for walking too slowly it must be time to slow down."

She added the campaign would hopefully give people practical ideas to try out so they can lead more relaxed lives.

Participants can take part in a "slow" half an hour walk across Waterloo Bridge, a journey which would normally take commuters a few minutes. Other sessions will also encourage Londoners to rediscover letter writing.

The organisers have also teamed up with walking charity the Ramblers Association to organise strolls across the city.


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