Any seasoned Londoner will tell you that they know most, if not all, of London’s best known neighbourhoods.
But there is one neighbourhood they almost certainly haven’t heard of, and it has been named one of the greatest 100 places in the world.
Located south of the Thames in Greenwich is the brand new Design District, a new concept neighbourhood designed to provide a home for the capital’s creative industries.
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Named one of the world’s greatest places by Time Magazine, the Design District was described as an “affordable artistic incubator” by the publication.
Having opened just this summer after a year and a half of setbacks due to the pandemic, the founding team behind the Design District wanted to create a space for businesses in the creative industries to work from.
(Image: The Wharf)
Comprising sixteen buildings, the area is a car-free zone set in the heart of Greenwich Peninsula.
An integral element of the Design District is its aim to be an affordable space to combat spiralling rents in London and the impact of Covid 19 on the creative industries.
This means that for the first twelve months of its existence until next summer, it will cost just £5 per square foot to rent space in the complex.
This can range from renting a desk, floor or a whole building, and tenants can choose between studio and dirty workshop spaces.
The Design District also offers flexible leases to tenants to enable businesses to grow or shrink in one place.
Tenants also have access to places to eat, a bar and shared sports facilities.
(Image: The Wharf)
Describing itself on its website, the Design District says it is open to anyone from “architects and artists, to graphic, fashion and digital designers, gaming professionals, musicians and many more”.
The Design District is also offering tenants access to business services useful to the creative industries, such as experts in intellectual property, employment law and tax.
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Hosting a number of collaborations, the Design District was most recently home to a piece of art called We Are Watching by artist Dan Acher.
The ten-storey high flag featured an image of a giant eye and was installed ahead of the COP26 climate summit that took place earlier this month.
In early 2022, the space will host the UK’s only permanent art space dedicated to LGBTQ+ artists which will be run by the charity Queercircle.
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