Arctic Monkeys’ studio made into affordable start-up space

Charity offers entrepreneurs low-cost base near Tech City

Start-ups seeking a Tech City base but unable to afford the region’s escalating rents, have a new champion in Bathtub 2 Boardroom.

The charity, which is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship in the UK, has unveiled an affordable new workspace in an Edwardian east London church – which previously housed Arctic Monkeys’ recording studio.

The former place of worship, which was also used as an art gallery and recording space for indie folk band Noah and the Whale in its last incarnation, has been transformed into a low-cost incubator.

The shared space now accommodates around 35 desks and also boasts a private meeting room, dedicated community manager, high-speed fibre optic broadband, bike storage and shower facilities – as well as some more untraditional features.

Entrepreneurs who work better in the great outdoors can borrow the facility’s kayaks and head out for a ‘moving meeting’ on the canal, or host break-out meetings on the viewing balcony. The space also includes chill-out work areas and a sitting room, which includes a pinball machine and bar.

Described by the charity as “a home for businesses, as opposed to just an office,” the space is hoped to counteract the increasing rent prices in buzzing Tech City, as more start-ups flock to the area, while still offering close proximity to the creative Silicon Roundabout scene.

The new site is due to open on 11 June and is hoped to be followed by a series of similar spaces in Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

To apply for one of the remaining desks at the East London hub, located between London Fields and Bethnal Green, register your interest here

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