London radicals, looking for a free meeting/workshop/social space in Zone One?
Decentre is a social and meeting room above Freedom Bookshop. Part counter-info hub, part not-so-hipster hangout, Decentre is Whitechapel’s place for radical organising, discussion and avoiding your boss.
Previously used as the Autonomy Club, the room was done-up by volunteering anarchos after it had been used for storage since the Club ended. Decentre opened early this summer with squat-poetry from George F. and an art exhibition from Chris Bird. Since then there have been talks and discussions on themes ranging from the end of social housing and squatting in the Netherlands to combating immigration raids and the Warsaw 3 – as well as art exhibitions from OneSlutRiot and The Backpack Project and performances from Becky Fury, Mat Valentine and Captain of the Rant.
As well as hosting open events, Decentre has been used by radical groups for internal meetings and socials. The room is free to use for any organisations without significant group funds – although a whip-around to help cover costs is appreciated. Whether the event is internal or external, we ask that cameras and other recording equipment are not used.
The room can comfortably fit up to 25 people and a few more if the event is a squeeze. It has a small reference library of radical literature, a wide range of zines, magazines and agitprop and access to Wi-Fi and up-to-A3 laminating. For refreshments and events involving basic catering, there is a microwave, kettle, fridge-freezer and large sink. A projector and speakers are freely available for presentations and screenings.
Decentre is run by an open collective along anarchist principles and aims to support struggles for class and collective liberation. If you or group is interested in using the room, contact [email protected]. It is located on the second floor of the Freedom building in Angel Alley at 84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX. The closest stations are Aldgate East, Aldgate and Whitechapel and the 25, 205 and 254 buses stop nearby. For upcoming events, check radar.squat.net/en/london/decentre or Facebook.