Roost Reflections – Warehouse living in Hackney Wick

“Warehouse living” is a term that’s become synonymous with cheap living, non-stop partying and the gritty occupation of tumbledown buildings in the more industrial corners of town. A myth? Errr, not really…

In a failed effort to debunk the notion that living in a converted warehouse space isn’t just a decadent free-for-all, we spoke to Roost community member Francie Hickinbotham, an ex-resident of 98 Wallace Road – now a hip canal-side bar/restaurant – about an eventful, chilly two years in Hackney Wick.

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Prosecuting landlords and holding councils to account: Renters’ Rights

Activism in London doesn’t only come in the form of camps outside parliament and marches with placards – Renters’ Rights London is an online campaign group striving to improve renters’ difficulties through gathering rent information and unifying London renters.

Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski via CC 2.0

One way of protesting. Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski via CC 2.0

The Camden Federation of Private Tenants, having seen grass-roots rent-groups spring up in places like Hackney and Islington, founded the group in August 2014. Continue reading