It's been a long time in development, but yesterday we officially announced our latest venture, a partnership with The Co-Working Popup to create their first ever UK venue in the heart of East London, in Dalston. We're so excited as this space will help like-minded local professionals, creative entrepreneurs, designers, lovers of food and fashion to come together and enhance the local community. The Co-Working Popup started up in Dubai offering a complete one-stop solution for small businesses, and we hope this latest expansion in the UK will lead to further locations across London and beyond over time.
My brother, Shaz Bhatti and I decided to renovate a former seafood restaurant on Kingsland Road to create a brand new 'grab & go' cafe, not just for locals, but to help local freelancers and startups who might need a space to launch themselves commercially. This stylish new location has beautiful new furnished interiors courtesy of Space Shack, along with affordable rates and payment terms to allow individuals to either hire a dedicated desk space, a pop-up retail area or use a shared kitchen facility all on a month to month basis. This set up is a flexible, cost-effective way for many small business owners to manage and grow their business, along with the support of The Co-Working's mentors and resources. Something both my brother and I believe in passionately, as business owners ourselves. We will be hosting seminars, events, pop up dinners, cooking classes which will help all our community grow together. Space Shack will also be hosting their own series of interior design masterclasses (details to come very soon!).
After all the hard work of renovating, getting the coffee shop and kitchen up and running, and all our initial food concepts settled in we finally got to celebrate all our efforts last night at our launch party. The evening was jammed pack with familiar and new faces enjoying the vibe, eager to check out the space and our latest interior design makeover which had to include the original seafood wall illustration - it's incredible! There was a fantastic array of food put on by a few of our food concepts - The Treats Club, Dabba Drop and Raw Lala - a yummy line up of Indian dahl, Caribbean chicken and rice, and delicious baked vegan-friendly goods. Meanwhile, our first patrons of the retail space were decked out with designs from Also, Freedom and Hat Hats.
It was a fantastic night which hopefully is the start of many great things for the local community as well as Shaz and I. So if you're in the area, come on over for a coffee and say hello, and we'll show you around!
All our rates and more information can be found via The Co-Working website or you could drop by and visit us at 584 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AH. Just around the corner from Exit 4 of Dalston Junction station. Alternatively call us on 020 7684 2972.
Look forward to seeing you soon and making magic together!
Lots of love Omar xx :)