Why you SHOULD/MUST/REALLY ought to break for lunch.

Our Front Of House Manager, Dorothée takes up the pro-lunchbreak campaign. Here she shares why dining Al-desk-o isn’t the best idea.


Does this look familiar ?

Most of us today, do not take time to properly sit down for lunch. We see lunch as a waste of time, precious time that could be spent working instead.

Well, here are a number of reasons why this is a bad idea, and might end-up being counterproductive.

First, breaking for lunch is just that, an opportunity to get away from you desk and screen for a few minutes. When focused on your screen, sometimes it’s difficult to have the right distance. Breaking means taking a few minutes to breathe, socialize, and actually might make you more productive once you’ve gone back to work.


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From a Health point of view, well food is vital.Your body needs food, not only on a physical level, but also on an emotional one. When you eat quickly without paying attention to what you’re putting in your body, it actually prevents your brain and body from feeling satisfied, on both levels. Most diet specialists and nutritionist recommend focusing on the food you’re eating, instead of eating in front of a screen. This is because your body will become quickly more satisfied on every level, when you’re consciously eating.If you eat in front of a screen, you’re not connected to the sensation of hunger, so it’s hard to know when to stop, or whether you’ve actually had enough food. Food and eating are beautiful moments, and your body, and yourself, deserve the best!

Want to know more? Here is a great Huffington Post article on why eating at your desk is terrible for you, and your work.

Now you’re convince, take a look at our favourite Lunch Hotspots in Leyton.

Where to break for lunch when working from TTNY?

Our Front Of House Manager, Dorothée takes up the pro-lunchbreak campaign. Here she talks us through the TTNY teams favourite midday spots.

Fancy a trip South? Portugal is only 3 minutes away. PALMEIRA is your typical Portuguese coffeeshop, with delicatessen, sandwiches, pastries and true portuguese black coffee. Try a bolo de arroz, a really light cake made with rice flour, and drink a tight black Portuguese espresso. They also stock some really good products from Portugal, including the amazing GALLO olive oil, the national olive oil in Portugal, so tasty!


Palmeira, 234 High Road Leyton, E10 5PS London. Open daily 09:00 – 22:00

Would you rather sunbathe and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet?


Walk the 10 minutes it takes to get to Francis Road, and discover a quiet pedestrian little street, lined with pretty houses, and quirky shops and cafes. Sit on one of the benches to enjoy your takeaway in the sun, or have lunch at one of the small terraces along the street.

My Personal Favorite (but don’t steal MY bench!)


My personal favorite are the pretty Coronation Gardens, just a 3-min walk from TTNY. Grab one of our sandwiches and just go lie down on the feshly cut grass, under the tall trees, between the patches of blooming flowers. The gardens are well-maintained, and don’t get too crowded at lunchtime, welcoming a quiet mix of mothers with pushchairs, workers enjoying their sandwiches on a bench, and youngsters playing ball. My personal favorite for a real break outdoors!

CORONATION GARDENS 13 Buckingham Rd, London E10 5NG


How pretty is this?

Steph’s Personal Fav

Steph, being the sporty person of the team, loves going for a good run on her lunch break. Take it from her, there’s nothing nicer than running from TTNY to Leyton Marshes, and eating lunch there. Her run takes her from Ruckholt Road, through an industrial unit and a pretty natural path. Join her if you’re up for it!


Ciara’s Personal Fav

When Ciara’s not around working from the ground floor, you’ll see her in DEENEY’s, the cafe up on the High Street. It is said that she has a table there, with her name engraved on a chair. Apparently, their Scottish-inspired street food is to die for! Try their famous Macbeth, winner of  Sandwich Fest 2017!


If you have a favourite lunchtime spot, we’d love to hear about it. Share with us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.





Behind The Artwork: Araki Koman

Araki Koman created the stunning monochrome mural in our creative coworking space, while her character and line illustrations were also adapted to use as large format wallpaper art on our top floor. We recently caught up with Araki to hear more about her background and hopes for this time next year…


I’m a designer and illustrator from Paris, currently living in London. I’ve been drawing since I was young. As a child I drew a lot of fashion illustration, with a lot of colour. But at 16 I had a creative block, because I felt I was not good enough. So, for 10 years I was not doing any art. I was at Business School and I travelled. But while travelling I realised I could have been an artist, because I was meeting creative people everywhere and discovering inspiration again. At the time I was doing a master’s degree in International Marketing, but these people I met were making a living from their art and made me think if I should consider my choices again.

After graduating I worked in online marketing, but I wasn’t happy where I was as I wasn’t using my real potential. So, I decided to move from Paris and do a 9-month Graphic Design course in London. During my studies I was mostly using digital tools. I was happy to recover my creativity but felt I could be happier sketching. In the end it was a simple pen that helped me unlock my creativity. It was sketching with the pen that I found my style.


For the mural on the first floor at This Time Next Year, well, that was actually quite stressful – it was a first for me and previously I’d never drawn on anything other than paper or textile. But it was also an interesting way to work, because the feeling of the drawings where different at a bigger-than-normal scale, while I was using different tools too. I was scared about losing my signature. But I’m really happy with how the mural came out as well, very happy with the result.

When I draw my work it’s in small format, the largest size is on A3. So, it was weird for me to see my small sketches become blown up and much bigger for the wallpaper. Again, I’m really, really happy with the wallpaper. It’s closer to my current minimalist style, closer to the direction I’d like to go in future with my work.


I’m really impressed with the interior design at This Time Next Year, the furniture selection and the design of the space. I especially love the third floor which is very airy and light. It’s a nice place to work as a creative and I’m sure it will be inspiring for the freelancers and companies who will work from there.

And where would I like to myself this time next year? I’m planning to move to Japan this Autumn and will be there for a minimum of a year. I will see what kind of artistic opportunities I will have, but my dream would be to live there longer term.

You can keep up to date with Araki’s latest work via her Instagram, Twitter and website, while you can purchase items from her online store.





Behind The Artwork: Nick Wakeling

Nick Wakeling from Impulse Prints is known for his unique mural art. Nick created the colourful mural on the pavement outside our workspace in addition to the window artwork on our ground floor. We recently caught up with Nick to discuss why he became an artist, his influences and his plans for year ahead…

BOOM5729I come from a non-art family background. I came into art by chance really. One day I started drawing random stuff and the family picked up on it. Next thing I know, I’m at Art College in Norwich Uni studying graphic design.

While I was there, I couldn’t really find my style but in my third and final year I found a strength in pattern making. I was finding inspiration from Aboriginal and Egyptian art, taking those patterns and using them within my own work.

BOOM5756After uni, one day my parents were having their wall decorated. They had ripped down all the old wallpaper and while waiting to replace it I just gave drawing on the empty wall a go. It took me about 3 days of solid work and it came out really well. Sadly, they went over with the new wallpaper – all that work lost! But then friends asked me to draw on their walls and here I am now.

I’ve been getting lots of commissions and it’s working out really well. Clients include Coco di Mama, Oculus, Kantar Added Value, Lomography, Global Street Art, Old Truman Brewery and the Peckham Bussey Building.

BOOM5798Normally I have the luxury of working inside with heating but the outside mural at This Time Next Year was a new challenge and a new surface to work on, in a way that I’ve never really approached before. It was great fun to research the project and plan it, but it was tricky at times battling with the very low temperatures and windy conditions at the start of the year. But it was great to work with a new surface and I think the colours came out better than the original plan. It was also great to work on such a large scale. It’s been one of my bigger projects to date so far. The electrical box added to the pavement mural and it all worked out in one and came out really well.

All the work that’s gone into This Time Next Year, it’s fantastic. It looks like a very original workspace, with lots of features. It’s great for bringing together different types of creative companies. I think it’ll be a very creative environment to work in.

The aim this year is to some bigger scale murals in Shoreditch and get my work seen there. I’ve just finished a mural in Penge, it seems to be an up and coming area to do street art. But I’m always keeping busy designing new murals and look forward to more people seeing my work.

You can look at Nick’s latest murals via his Instagram and Impulse Prints website



Meet Our Members: Ed, Fix The Music

Our regular Meet Our Members spot introduces you to the brilliant and creative people that have taken up residence here at This Time Next Year.

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Ed Southall



How do you take your tea/coffee?

I usually drink my coffee with oat milk. My favourite kind is a dirty chai latte; dirty because it has a shot of espresso in it.

What’s your favourite Waltham Forest hangout?

I live in Upton Park, but I only moved to the area about a month ago, so that’s a hard one to answer. Dorothée recommended a place around the corner, Luna. They have good live music there so that’s on my list to try.

Tell us the story so far…

I run a website for booking musicians for events, such as weddings and corporate events. We have around 1000 musicians based in the UK and around Europe. We put them in contact with people, event planners, wedding couples, who are looking for live musicians for their events. I’ve been doing it for about two and a half years. Before I started the business, I was a lawyer, but I wanted to break out and do something of my own. I’ve also been a musician all my life and it’s what I studied at university, so I wanted to start something that made use of that knowledge and skill. A couple of friends and I came up with the idea and it started from there. We’re still growing which is good. It’s all online connecting people, so it doesn’t really matter where the musicians and the clients are. We have musicians based all over the place and we have some musicians in the UK who do a lot of travelling.

Where will you be This Time Next Year?

I suppose, pretty much doing the same thing, but a lot more of it. Possibly with a bigger team; at the moment it’s me and one other person full time as well as a part time, freelance coder. At some point in the next year we’ll probably want to hire our first person, otherwise, continuing to grow the number of musicians we have. Just trying to be as big as possible really!

Take a closer look at FixTheMusic on their website: