St. Margaret’s House is a unique charity supporting community, creativity & wellbeing in Bethnal Green.

Our mission is to promote positive social change by creating opportunities for people to come together and play a more active part in their community.

Our projects anchor us in the community, providing spaces for residents to eat, shop, learn, create, and enjoy a diverse cultural program.

The Gallery Cafe offers a vegan menu with many locally-sourced options, as well as serving as a popular events venue.

Yoganest  provides low-cost yoga,  dance and fitness classes as well as holistic therapies for the community.

Our charity shop, Ayoka, is a wellspring of low-cost yet fashionable clothing, housewares, books, records, and CDs.

The Create Place  is our arts space, offering workshops, classes and studio hire to the community.It is a launch pad for starting a creative project that benefits your community, and a space for creative people to gather, to learn, to create, and to have fun.

Our buildings are home to more than 27 community organisations and charities and many others that hire our rooms for their meetings, training sessions, and events.

All the profits go back into the community, enabling us to  run volunteer programmes and support local individuals and organisations.

OUR team

Meet a few of our wonderful team members:


TONY HARDIE - Director

LUCINDA KINGSNORTH - General Manager,  Gallery Cafè

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MATTHEW SOGORSKI - Head Chef,  Gallery Cafe

SIMONE BANDINI - Sous Chef, Gallery Cafe

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JAY FERRY - Supervisor, Gallery Cafe

NATALIE JOELLE - Volunteer,  Founder of the Gallery Cafe Book Club


OLLIE- Volunteer, Ayoka

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MARTIN- KP, Gallery Cafe


DIANA SERBAN -Communications & Administration Manager

FRANCESCA GRASSI- Graphic Designer

SIOBHAN FORSHAWCommunity Arts Manager

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JENNIFER RICHARDS- Social Media Coordinator

AMANDA TALSMA-WILLIAMS  -‘Crafting is Connecting’  Coordinator , Create Place


DRITA - Volunteer, Ayoka

BRENDA DAVIES - Volunteer Workshop Facilitator, The Create Place

GEORGE PARIS - Events Manager

NIGEL MACMILLAN Community Engagement Manager, Ayoka


ROSEMARY SLAY- Community Wellbeing Manager


SUZANNE BAKER- Assistant Manager, Ayoka

JOSE GAMA  - Finance Manager   

JANICE HATT- Volunteer, Ayoka