London Folk Music Venues
Village Underground started in 2006, with the aim of building affordable studios for creative people who were struggling to get a foothold in London.
Four tube carriages and two shipping containers were converted into co-working spaces. A few months later, the perfect location was found: the top of an old railway viaduct in the middle of Shoreditch, East London. Great Eastern street was closed for the day and they were hoisted into position by crane. Next to the viaduct was an old Victorian warehouse which had been a coalstore for the railway but had fallen into disrepair. We put a roof on it, cleared out the rubbish, sandblasted the walls and laid down a floor to transform it into the venue that we have now. The main renovations took place over a year, just in time for opening in April 2007.
Above the main venue, four recycled Jubilee line trains and shipping containers make up the creative “platforms” of Village Underground. Up to 30 artists, playwrights, filmmakers, architects, photographers, producers and startups working side-by-side in a creative community.
The proximity and communal spirit foster collaboration and the exchange of ideas, whilst the affordable rent makes it easier for our tenants to focus on what they really want to do. By facilitating partnerships and maintaining low rent, creative practitioners can unlock their potential and develop ideas into great projects.
Phone: 020 7422 7505
Address: 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London
Postcode: EC2A 3PQ
Area/Nearest station: Shoreditch
Twitter name: @villunderlondon
Facebook name: https://www.facebook.com/villageunderground/
GIGS COMING UP
Live in London
- Cleverly penned lyrics drawing on themes of colonialism and feminism
Wednesday 3rd April · 7:30PM · Village Underground · Shoreditch · £18.70