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

A look into warehouse living in London

Over the last few years we’ve seen a move towards finding alternative living arrangements instead of basic flat shares. Artists and creative types have taken over disused spaces all over the capital to turn into live/work units, and now renting a room in a converted warehouse is a popular way to live in London, especially in places like Hackney Wick and Tottenham.

Hackney Wick, London

Hackney Wick, London

Roost was invited into the Peanut Factory Studios in Hackney Wick, east London, to meet 24-year-old musician Joe who opted for communal living over more conventional private rentals. He tells us why:

Would you consider moving to a warehouse? Tell us your story #roostrcommunity