Looking for a great place to enjoy a coffee and / or lunch? Want to avoid the large chains? Our Food for Thought series will offer you insight into cafés that provide good food and drink whilst helping others.
The Dragon Cafe, in the Crypt of St George The Martyr ChurchAddress: Borough High Street, London SE1 1JA Open to the public: 12 to 8.30pm Monday only Website: www.dragoncafe.co.uk
The Dragon Cafe is a weekly cafe (open every Monday only) and creative space with seminars, exhibitions, workshops and performances exploring issues around mental illness, recovery and well-being.
The Founder, Sarah Wheeler, started the first mental health cafe in the UK two years ago following a three year period of psychosis. When she was ill she spent a lot of time in cafes,
“They were the only places I could bear to be. They were in effect my drop-in centres, where I could exist incognito. They were places I could go to, be on my own, have some relatively nourishing food and somehow feel incrementally better”.
When Sarah saw the crypt for the first time the idea of a creative cafe was born. Now, two years later, the cafe is incredibly popular (around 200 people come to the cafe each Monday), and Sarah has plans to open more around the country.
Food & Drink
The Dragon Cafe provides a simple, affordable, healthy menu each week. All the food available is vegetarian, and is made on-site using surplus veg donated to the cafe by Borough Market.
Borough Market – a renowned London food market
Southwark Cathedral – the oldest cathedral church building in London
Tate Modern – the most visited art gallery in the world!