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Recharge your soul at Hackney Downs Studios

If the hubbub of London is getting too much, Hackney Downs Studios is worth a visit. Set in an old print works, this unusual space is home to a range of start-up companies, those dedicated to the arts, style, creativity and wellness. As well as being a vibrant workspace, it’s a space to shop, eat, enjoy sport and more calming pursuits like yoga and meditation.

Among the better-known occupants are the Well Garden (offering yoga, gong meditation and a host of treatments), Barber’s Gym, Public (a contemporary art gallery), 58 Gin (made traditionally in small batches in alembic copper stills), Hackney Showroom (a warehouse arts venue packed with events) and London Loom weaving shop. 

There’s also El Garito, a cool Spanish Tapas restaurant and cocktail bar, Indra – a spacious studio available to hire for fashion and lifestyle photoshoots, film production, family portraits and events and Re:Store, a refill shop helping people reduce their use of plastic, which opened there this February. 

Iris Mia, Marketing Manager at The Well Garden, described the strong sense of community there. She said: “In the summer or spring Hackney Downs Studios becomes a very lively place – there are so many shops and artists who work from the spaces here. There is a creative vibe and a strong community and from time to time we all get together.”

Set on Amhurst Terrace, between Dalston and Clapton, there are over 200 creative workspaces and art studios here, occasional markets and pop-up events.

Palmspace – the custom-built collaborative workspace at Hackney Downs, is a stunning industrial building with floor-to-ceiling glazed units and plenty of plants.  It’s buzzing with writers, jewellery makers, photographers and artists. There’s even a special nook for office dogs!

Periodically the space is opened to the public for open days when people can meet the different businesses and get a feel for the creativity happening here – there’s usually a fun roller disco and a chance to shop.

A regular night market takes place here in the spring and summer.  Hackney Downs Studios is run by Eat – Work -Art, who run a few local workspaces including Netil House and Old Paradise Yard.



a creative vibe and a strong community

Posted 11th March 2019