Our mission is to promote positive social change by creating opportunities for people to come together and play a more active part in their East London community.

There's a lot happening at St. Margaret's House:

A DIVERSE CULTURAL PROGRAMME  >> We host a wide variety of events, including  film screenings, gigs, open mics, spoken word nights,  theatre and comedy performances as well as special one-off festivals. 

ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOPS   >> Discover the great mixture of free weekly classes and one-off workshops suitable for everyone at our Create Place

VEGAN FOOD & DRINKS >> We're committed to making delicious food that proves that a vegan diet doesn't mean missing out on your favourite dishes. Gallery Café  has  many locally-sourced options as well as a choice of  drinks and baked goodies .

WELLBEING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS  >> Yoganest , our cosy studio provides our range of low-cost yoga, pilates, fitness, and dance classes .

SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING  >> Shop till you drop at Ayoka Charity Shop, our very own secondhand boutique, stacked to the brim with beautiful high street, vintage and designer treasures.

LOW-COST OFFICE SPACE & ROOM HIRE  >> We are home to more than 25 different community organisations and charities . We offer room hire facilities at low rates, as well as subsidised office spaces for rent. 

MONTHLY EXHIBITION  >> On the first Thursday of every month, the Gallery Cafe opens its doors late for a chance to see  art after hours. 

BOOK CLUB  >> Established in 2010, our club offers space to explore the pleasure and complexity of modern and contemporary fiction free of charge as part of a group of curious readers. 


What we've been up to lately..

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Thursday Lates

Every Thursday, the cafe is now staying open until 10.30pm!

Expect special house cocktails and free music from our new house band, Such Sweet Thunder.

>> Discover more

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CHAIN REACTION

On 27th October, we held a community cycling celebration, where attendees got support with maintenance and security, rolled around laughing at a 70s cult classic film, and learnt some yoga moves to help them on and off the bike.

>> Discover more and book your place!

 
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public consultation

We are currently looking to the future, exploring the possibility of expanding our work with a new build. We recently asked for your feedback on the initial proposals.

>> Find out more

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OPEN HOUSE 2018

We were excited to be a part of the festival in 2018, and we threw open our doors on Saturday 22nd September from 10am until 5pm!

More details will be posted soon here.

SUMMER JAMBOREE- OUR 2018 FAMILY DAY

Our annual Family day took place on the 1st day of September and it was a day packed with fun events for the entire family !

>> Have a look at how we spent the day!

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COWORKING FRIDAYS LAUNCH

On 10th August we launched a low cost , flexible coworking space , every Friday in the Create Place.

>> Find out more!

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Welcome Juta Shoes!

In June 2018, we partnered up with Juta Shoes, a a shoemaking social enterpris. They work with unemployed women in the local community to create beautiful handmade products from reclaimed materials, and they provide support, training and well-paid employment along the way.

You'll find them in the Create Place, their new home !

Chair of Trustees receives MBE

In May 2018, Linda Ransom, Chair of our Trustees Board, received an MBE for services to the community. Prince Charles did the honours at Buckingham Palace, just the day before the Royal Wedding!

Linda has been a member of the Council of the House for many years. She is seen here with our Director, Tony Hardie. Congratulations Linda!

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KEEP IN MIND

In aid of Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2018, we ran a week of events to encourage mental strength and resilience. This culminated in a day of workshops and talks, delivered by experts, to give participants tools to strengthen their mental health.  >>Find out more.

CELEBRATE WOMEN

This International Women’s month in 2018, we wanted to bring the global movement down to a local level, by shedding light on the huge impact made by women in our local community >>Find out more.

 

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Gallery Cafe's VEGAN CELEBRATION

If you haven’t already heard, our cafe turned  100% vegan at  the end of 2017. To mark the occasion, we  celebrated in style in January 2018.  Opening up our doors for an evening of gourmet vegan food and special guest speakers, the night was a testament to how great being vegan can really be! >> Find out more

STEP INSIDE 2018

On 20th January we partnered with Step Inside and we hosted a day of free wellbeing classes, talks and workshops to proactively improve the physical, mental health of the community. 

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EAST LONDON'S ONLY ETHICAL & FUNDRAISING COMMUNITY MARKET

The range of stalls including vintage clothing, hand-made jewellery, christmas cards, bathroom products, candles and much more. The market also supported WISH, with the £2 entry fee going towards this national, user-led charity that works with women with mental health needs . >> Find out more.

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DOWN THE GARDEN PATH 

Guests lounged in the shade of our mulberry tree  and enjoyed a blissful day of free music with  some of our favourite acts of the year. >>Check out what we've planned for this year!

SUMMER JAMBOREE 2017

We curated a series of  fun and accessible  activities for the families of Bethnal Green, with a special focus on creativity and wellbeing. We teamed up with long time friends to bring the community  an eclectic mix of free activities throughout the day . >>Find out more

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SPRING MARKET 2017

A series of stalls selling homeware, food, vintage clothes, kidswear, crafts, illustration and anything else in between !

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CHRISTMAS MARKET 2016

FAMILY DAY 2016