BENK + BO is a project brought on by the love of hosting and community shared by the two friends Antony Burger and Mariell Lind Hansen. The name Benk meaning ‘workbench’ and Bo ‘a place to live’ in Norwegian is a nod to Mariell’s native country, while the kitchen and cafe is rooted in Antonys family history with his granddads Welsh bakery.
We are 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 and kitchen, lunch time spot and cafe with specialist coffee, yoga studio, shared workspaces and members areas, meeting room, piano practice room and facilities for events and shoots.
The notion of work is evolving, and we are taking this on board, with more and more creatives taking on multiple and fluid careers. Occasional residencies will be offered at Benk+Bo, with collaborative efforts encouraged to keep our project evolving organically. We will also have selected artists invited to be exhibit their work throughout the year.
Though the first 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 finding the living/working balance together.
We offer both full- and part time options for our shared workspace and members areas. Prices starting at £55 /month.
With your membership you get many perks, including access to fibre optic broadband, unlimited yoga classes, cafe discounts, free booking of meeting room and piano studio, invitations to our events 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.
AREAS IN THE HOUSE
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 the best coffee beans we can find for our espresso and filter brew. The food menu is filled with both made to order and a counter selection of delicious, vegetarian, homemade and fresh breakfast and lunch options. You are free to sit and have your meal in our lounge, or you can take it away and make your own lunchbox.
The Lounge - Ground Floor
Through the door from the cafe you find our lounge which is the meltingpot for cafe guests and our members. This is the heart of the building, and where all paths cross, and where we try to make staff, members, guests and bypassers meet each other.
Lower Ground Floor
Monday - Friday 8am 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. Please see our Room Hire section for more information.
Kitchen - Lower ground floor
Our kitchen/ bakery is the heart of the building and also where all the food and bakes are produced fresh every morning. If youre a member can you spot our staff making the amazing salads and pastries here every day while you do your morning emails.
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, we got both thin anti-slip mats and thicker ones for pilates and cushioning. We have blocks and straps, two changing rooms and one shower/toilet just outside of the studio.
As well as having our own classes 3 times a day, we also rent out the room for private classes and self-training sessions. Please see our Room Hire section to see all prices and availability.
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. Visit our Room Hire section to see all availability and prices.
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. It is a great multifunctional room, being used for Skype meetings, interviews, therapies, music writing room and loads more. Visit our Room Hire section to see all prices and availability.