BENK + BO is a project brought on by the love of hosting and community shared by friends Antony Burger and Mariell Lind Hansen. The name meaning ‘workbench’ and ‘a place to live’ in Norwegian is a nod to Mariell’s native country, while the bakery is rooted in Antonys family history with his granddads bakery in Wales.
A multifunctional space housed in a three story brutalist building in Spitalfields with aesthetics that lean very much to Scandinavian design.
You will find an in-house bakery, lunch time hang out and cafe, yoga studio, shared workspaces and members areas, meeting room, piano practice room and facilities for events and shoots.
Taking into mind the evolving notion of work, many creatives taking on multiple or fluid careers, occasional residencies will be offered, collaborative efforts encouraged and the Benk + Bo project evolving organically. Select artists will be invited to exhibit throughout the year.
Though the first half year of Benk + Bo the family is growing steadily and a solid team of inspiring people have already made their mark on the business as it evolves and slowly grows in to something that is shaped by collaboration, gut feelings, hard work, good vibes and meaningful conversations.
We offer both full- and part time options for our shared workspace and members areas. Prices starting at £110 p/m.
With your membership you get access to fibre optic broadband, unlimited yoga classes, cafe discounts, free booking of meeting room and piano studio and a private locker.
If you are interested in learning more about the memberships and the space, sign up for a tour and a chat at email@example.com.
Spread over three floors we've got a public cafe, in-house bakery and kitchen, yoga studio, meeting room, piano practice room, members work area and a lounge.
The Cafe - Ground Floor
We are serious about our coffee and use beans from Dark Arts Coffee roasters. The menu is filled with made to order vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast, lunch and takeaway.
The Lounge - Ground Floor
Through the door from the cafe you find our lounge which is the melting pot for lunch-goers and members.
Lower Ground Floor
Monday - Friday 7am to 6pm this is the members only area. In the weekend and after 6pm on weekdays this area functions as a flexible events area. It opens up in to the bakery and kitchen so it makes a perfect spot for supper clubs and food based events.
Kitchen - Lower ground floor
Our kitchen/ bakery is the heart of the building and also where all the food and bakes are produced. Julien starts his day at 4am working his magic!
The kitchen can be hired as prep-kitchen and ties well in with the lower ground floor event space for supper clubs and brunches.
Yoga Studio - 1st Floor
The studio is roughly 70sqf and fitted with natural cork flooring, Philip Hue Bulbs which allows you to set the colour and temperature of the lights, SONO sound system and a strip of natural daylight without ruining the privacy of the space.
There is a mirrored wall with the option of covering them with the linen curtains.
It fits 25 mats, and ours are some amazing anti-slip mats from Lululemon and well as some thicker mats that you can use for cushioning. We have blocks and straps and one shower/toilet just outside of the studio.
Meeting room - 1st Floor
The meeting room can be freely used for all of our member. If you are not a member and wish to use the meeting room we hire it out on both an hourly and daily rate. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries.
The Piano Room - 1st Floor
This space can be freely used for our members, as well as being available for hire both on an hourly and daily rate. Get in touch at email@example.com for further enquiries.