55 East: a community space to work, meet, eat and drink
Close to Elephant Park, 55 East is a collection of spaces for local residents to work on their next project, showcase their produce and enjoy a delicious meal.
As a co-working space, a café, a tapas bar, an events venue and a studio space, 55 East is many things. First and foremost, however, it’s a community-led project designed with local residents – and their budding ventures – in mind.
The collection of spaces sits side-by-side on East Street, just off Walworth Road, and is run by Hatch, an award-winning charity known for championing enterprising individuals who don’t have access to traditional business support. By hosting educational workshops, supplying mentors and providing workspaces, Hatch helps underrepresented entrepreneurs scale their business venture or social enterprise.
55 East comprises three different spaces, each stylish, versatile and designed with the local community in mind. Whether you’re a freelancer looking for your next café spot, an early-stage business director on the hunt for a hot-desk, or a yoga instructor searching for a studio, 55 East has got something for everyone.
The co-working space, known as East Studio, is a bright room with capacity for up to 30 people. You can expect all the office essentials: unlimited tea and coffee, high-speed Wi-Fi, comfy chairs and a hard-working, friendly atmosphere. East Studio is the perfect place to get your head down and graft on your latest project, bounce ideas off other like-minded entrepreneurs, and get expert advice from 55 East’s staff, who use the space as HQ. There are plenty of pricing options, so you can visit for a day, a week or commit to a whole month’s work.
Right next door to East Studio is East Kitchen, your new favourite local café. With community and social impact at its heart, most of East Kitchen’s menu is made up from locally-sourced food. What’s more, members of their staff have been trained by Change Please and Well Grounded, charities that help the homeless and other vulnerable people. Expect great coffee, a selection of sweet treats and a welcoming atmosphere. For lunch, choose from a mouth-watering menu of sourdough sandwiches made from fresh ingredients hand-picked from the food market outside. This local produce also makes its way into the evening menu, and you can enjoy tapas and a beer on a Friday to unwind after a long working week. East Kitchen is a great spot to plug in your laptop and get some work done in a friendly atmosphere, or to get together with friends, colleagues or clients for a coffee and a catch up.
East Lounge is the social enterprise’s multi-purpose events space. Any fledging business can hire the Lounge to use as retail space, an event location, a meeting room, activity studio or presentation venue. It’s a great little space to test concepts and host pop-ups. The team at Hatch understand that large fees and overheads can inhibit many start-ups, which is why East 55 is committed to affordable prices.