Roost TV has dropped the first in their how to series over on YouTube. The series shows you how to do things in the house you thought you knew how to do, yet have realised you don’t.
“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.
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.
Here at Roost we pride ourselves on being the go-to source for all renters – but we started to wonder how well we actually know our own rights as renters.
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.
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
There’s nothing like the magic of a good object – a red pebble, wonky cactus or glittery jacket.
Cue: the markets and car boot sales of London, where one can spend many a happy hour purchasing bargains you don’t need but that would lend a certain je ne sais quoi to the bare spaces in your rental.Continue reading