DIY Space for London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road. During the day, they offer low cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social space, and in the evening they offer space for screenings, talks and performances. Their in-house record shop TOME Records is open Weds – Sun, and Joey’s Kitchen their 100% plant-based cafe serving coffees cakes and lunch is open at the weekend. They run on a members’ club model so that everyone has equal say in how the place is run. DIY Space for London (DSFL) works to promote the ideas of mutual aid (helping each other) and cooperation (working together.)
They began fundraising in 2012 and raised over £20,000 in donations from all around the world. In Spring 2015 they took on a 3,300 sq foot building in SE15 and renovated it to a fully accessible and safe standard thanks to hundreds of hours of volunteer labour. They opened on 14th September 2015.
To attend or put on events, you need to be a member, which costs £2 a year and can be done in a few minutes online (via their website). Members have a say in how the club is run, and there are also lots of opportunities to get involved in the day-to-day running of DSFL by joining a collective, where you’ll get a say in how the space runs and receive training in new skills.
DIY Space for London,
96-108 Ormside Street,
020 0000 0000
DIY Space for London
Train: South Bermondsey
Bus: 21, 53, 172, 453