(S)potted: Machines Room

Vyner street, known for it's contemporary art galleries, is now becoming the go to street for makers and hackers with the recent opening of Technology Will Save us at number 1 Vyner street, and a larger makers space, gallery and café: ...

Connecting creative communities: Ryan Bukstein from Atelier Ace

"..the connection to the local community and to the artists and the creators and the entrepreneurs, in these communities, that is what the work is, that is what we do and what we're interested in and the hotels become a very unique platform.." The Ace hotel group ...

Cultivaters presents Shopkeepers’ Stories at Hackney Museum

Cultivaters is launching the exhibition Shopkeepers' Stories at Hackney Museum. These audio and photographic portraits of six of the long-standing traditional shopkeepers from the area, explore stories of immigration, family business, local community and the effects of change. All of the shops featured here have existed for over 30 ...

Cultivater: Alistair Skitt (Hatch)

Founder and manager of multi-use space Hatch, Alistair Skitt transformed a dilapidated print factory into a co-working space. Although only open since May, Hatch is becoming somewhat of a hub for the more craft-based maker style small businesses that make up a large proportion of the new entrepreneur ...

Forge and Co: Making work more popular

The multi-use co-working space Forge and Co opened in Shoreditch in May last year with the view to add a fun social element to co-working and creating a home from home for Shoreditch's growing laptop enterprises. With the feel and decor of a members' club ...

Cultivater: Leo Lawson O’Neil from Eat Work Art

"To have the seeds of genius come from within the community, that builds community, to kind of plaster it all in in like some kind of patchwork of ready made objects in more like Frankenstein." Leo Lawson O'Neil Leo Lawson O'Neil got the building transformation bug 5 years ago when he ...

(S)potted: Toast – New indie food magazine

This new magazine celebrating all things food but not just referencing London's new restaurants and hot chefs but delving deeper into the details, the people, the stories and the big ideas. Founded by food writer and journalist  Miranda York and  fundraiser Sarah Chamberlain, the two are using the magazine as ...

(S)potted: Hatch

This newish space is tucked away behind Homerton station, but once you know it's there you really can't miss it. Alistair Skitt took up the challenge to turn an old factory into Hatch, a space for creativity and indie enterprise with the aim to encourage small businesses ...

The Food Assembly: Shopping local

An initiative started in France 3 years ago, The Food Assembly has fast been spreading across Europe at the speed of organic rocket, with London's first branch growing out of Hackney Wick in July. Now with 7 assemblies in East London alone it seems that ...

Cultivater: Barney Thomas (Wiley Badger)

Barney Thomas and Sarah Drumm launched this summer and are currently preparing the second edition of the quarterly free magazine, Wily Badger. With a hyper-local focus around Clapton in Hackney, the print edition and blog they've been building aims to celebrate the businesses and people that ...

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