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 organise and host a wide variety of events, including exhibitions  film screenings, gigs, open mics, spoken word nights,  theatre and comedy performances as well as one-off festivals. 

ARTS  >> We see the arts as a route to community building, wellbeing and social change. Our workshop, the Create Place, is a rare animal in London: an inclusive space for the community to be together and share skills. We curated a great mixture of free weekly classes and one-off workshops and classes for everyone. We continue to develop, support and coordinate projects that respond to contemporary issues faced by the UK creative industries . 

WELLBEING >> Our wellbeing programme is designed to bring people together to improve their physical and mental health. Yoganest , our cosy studio provides our range of low-cost yoga, pilates, and dance classes .

AWARD- WINNING 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. Our Gallery Café  has  many locally-sourced options as well as a choice of  drinks and baked goodies .

SUSTAINABLE SHOPPING  >> Shop till you drop at Ayoka, our very own charity shop, stacked to the brim with beautiful vintage and designer treasures.

CHARITABLE ECOSYSTEM >> Providing support to like-minded charities is as important to us as our community projects. By offering considerably below the market rates for office rental as well as access to all our existing facilities, we pride ourselves in being a charitable ecosystem at the root of positive social change in East London and beyond. We are now home to more than 30 different community organisations and charities .


What we've been up to lately..

FUNDING AWARDED FOR WOODWORK FOR WELLBEING

Thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund for awarding us a grant to expand our Woodwork for Wellbeing sessions!

>> Find out more about this project

HILARITY ACADEMY

We are excited to annouce that the Hilarity Academy is coming to Bethnal Green! Young people will be taught comedy skills for free in this programme funded by Children in Need.

>> Discover more

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

We’ve launched our Artist in Residence Programme, which will offer artists the studio space above the Create Place for them to work in, and the opportunity to engage with local people. Our first artist is the wonderful Ayesha Tan Jones!

>> Discover more

Our Place, our story

We are excited to be supporting a new community play that will be devised, written and performed by residents from the Teesdale and Hollybush estate and other local friends. We are currently calling out for participants!

>> Find out more & sign up

 
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VEGAN CELEBRATION

To celebrate the Galley Cafe being vegan for one whole year, we opened up our doors for an evening of gourmet vegan food and special guest performers.

>> Discover more

Exploring creativity & movement with our friends from bpca

In February and March 2019, we were pleased to facilitate and support a work placement between the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and our friends at BPCA.

>> 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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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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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 !

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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.

 

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