A workspace opening in SE15? Yep, heard that before. But we have to say this one sounds pretty impressive.
Based at 133 Rye Lane, it’s a newly refurbished seven-storey Edwardian building (dating back to 1908), now home to retail space, a clutch of restaurants and even a live music venue.
The building has been designed and developed “through ongoing conversations with the local community”, say the architects, to create a space that is open to everyone.
At the heart of the building is a range of flexible workspaces. One of the first residents moving is Daniel Peters, founder of Your Samples Collective, a premium British menswear brand with roots in Southwark. Daniel was the inaugural winner of ‘Peckham Rise’ – an annual competition to support local businesses looking for space to grow and develop their business.
Elsewhere, by the ground floor entrance, is Bidhaar, an Afro-urban concept store featuring premium African fashion, music, art, design and lifestyle brands. Its concession is a focus for authentic and contemporary African creativity, innovation and experiences in Britain, run by a team with strong connections in the local area.
Market is also home to a bunch of quality eateries. Peckham staple Forza Wine is already up and running, serving antipasti from the rooftop garden with a 360-degree view of London.
And Tonkotsu have brought their acclaimed Japanese noodle bar, their eleventh outlet in the capital, to the first floor, while the basement is run by the founders of Bermondsey Social Club.
Meanwhile another SE15 institution, Four Quarters, will carefully curate the best bands and club nights southeast London has to offer.
So put your comfiest trainers on and be prepared to climb – all seven floors – to the top.