If you live in London most of your time is taken up with moaning about the price of everything and how vast swathes of the city are being turned into cultural wasteland. Aspiring artists and performers (the lifeblood of any city) being driven out by the spiralling cost of living. Mercifully, someone has decided to do something about it.
Green Rooms is the UK’s first hotel social enterprise. Designed to attract artists visiting and working in London, Green Rooms is a not-for-profit hotel that will offer sensibly priced accommodation in a beautiful, creativity-inspiring setting.
Through relationships with London’s leading cultural institutions (Somerset House, LIFT and Create London), guests will be encouraged to engage its programme of events, exhibitions and performances. Green Rooms will become a truly affordable place for artists to create, stay and collaborate.
The striking building is situated in North London opposite Wood Green Station, just 12 minutes from King’s Cross. Constructed in 1925 for The North Metropolitan Power and Electricity Company, the building has been restored by London-based architects SODA with furnishings from Folk. Prices start at just £18 per night.
Across the four-floor hotel there are 20 double rooms, two studio apartments and two dormitory rooms. The ground floor restaurant will play host to rent-free residencies for emerging restaurateurs.
Green Rooms is the brainchild of Nick Hartwright, founder of The Mill Co. Project, a social enterprise that offers creatives affordable workspace by day and that stages exhibitions and plays by night. For Green Rooms, Hartwright has worked closely with hotel entrepreneur Kurt Bredenbeck, (The Hoxton).
It’s the kind of the space that London has been crying out for. Green Rooms opens in May 2016.