DIY Space For London is a cooperatively-run social centre located in South London, just off Old Kent Road. We offer low cost creative facilities, meeting rooms and social space as well as space for screenings, talks and performances. We run on a members’ club model so that everyone has equal say in how the place is run. The space works to promote the ideas of mutual aid (helping each other) and cooperation (working together). Providing a welcoming space for everyone, including those whose voices and contributions are not always heard or appreciated, is a top priority for us.
We began fundraising in 2012 and raised over £20,000 in donations from all around the world. In Spring 2015 we took on a 3,300sq. foot building in SE15 and renovated it to a fully accessible and safe standard thanks to hundreds of hours of volunteer labour. We opened on 14th September 2015.
To attend or put on events, you need to be a member, which costs £2 a year and can be done in a few minutes online. Members have a say in how the space is run. You can join a collective, where you can get involved in the day-to-day running of DSFL and receive training in new skills. You can also attend our monthly members’ meetings, where all our collectives provide updates and feedback on what’s been happening. You can take a look at the minutes and updates from our previous monthly meetings.
Our address is 96-108 Ormside Street, London, SE15 1TF.
South Bermondsey is 0.6 miles/10 minutes walk. National Rail services to London Bridge run every 15 minutes.
Queens Road Peckham is 0.9 miles/15 minutes walk . London Overground services to either Highbury & Islington or Clapham Junction run every 15 minutes.
Elephant & Castle London Underground Station is 2.5 miles/45 minutes walk or a short bus ride along Old Kent Road. Both the Northern and Bakerloo lines serve this station.
Elephant & Castle National Rail Station is 2.5 miles/45 minutes walk or a short bus ride along Old Kent Road.
Canada Water station is 1.5 miles/30 minutes walk or 15 minutes on the P12 bus. The Jubilee line and London Overground serve this station, with the Jubilee Night Tube running on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Old Kent Road/Ilderton Road stops, by the big Aldi on the Old Kent Road, are the nearest bus stops with frequent services to and from DSFL. These are the buses that run:
21 (Lewisham to Newington Green, runs til midnight)
53 (Plumstead to Whitehall, runs 24 hours a day – stops at Elephant & Castle station)
172 (Brockley Rise to St Paul’s, runs til 11.30 – stops at Elephant & Castle station)
453 (Deptford Bridge to Marylebone, runs 24 hours a day – stops at Elephant & Castle station)
N21 (Charing Cross to Bexleyheath, night service)
P12 (Surrey Quays to Brockley Rise, runs til midnight- stops at South Bermondsey and Queens Road Peckham stations)
We cannot provide parking except by prior arrangement, and encourage our members to arrive by foot, public transport or by bike. There will be bike racks and basic maintenance equipment provided.
DIY Space for London is on a single floor level, with access ramps, widened doors, an accessible toilet and plenty of space for maneuvering and getting away from crowds. There is plenty of seating available and the toilets are gender neutral and accessible.
For more information please see our access page here.
We are a members’ club run by volunteers, and we believe that everyone is equally responsible for creating a safe and welcoming environment. Providing a welcoming space for everyone, including those whose voices and contributions are not always heard or appreciated, is a top priority for us. You can read our accountability statement, a work in progress, here. We are also signed up to the international Good Night Out campaign and all our collective members have been or will be trained in working with anyone who may need support.