In London, A Sustainable Cafe On The Move

A temporary structure designed and built for the now passed 2012 Olympics wants to have a lasting impact on London. The Movement Cafe — which functioned during the Games as a gateway for visitors arriving from all over the world — was constructed using recycled and reclaimed materials, and serves organic food. The impact its designers are hoping for? Sustainable lifestyle inspiration for the local community.

This temporary cafe and performance space is located in Greenwich on London’s South East End and will remain open for the next six months. Beyond serving up a range of organic, fair-trade, sustainable, locally-sourced food and drink — as well as storytelling, poetry readings and acoustic music, via its outdoor amphitheater — the Movement Cafe functions as a street-level showcase for eye-catching art and design.

Movement Cafe, London

image via Movement Cafe

ArchDaily reports that Morag Myerscough (of London’s Myerscough Studio) painted the words of the official poet of the London Olympics and “prolific Tweeter” Lemn Sissay on a series of large wooden panels to announce the presence of this new, temporary community space.  Myerscough also adorned the cafe’s exterior and interior walls with hand-painted patterns, and collaborated with Luke Morgan to craft furniture for the cafe from reclaimed laboratory  counter tops, and with cushions hand sewn from kite fabric. Another Lemn Sissay poem — about Greenwich, commissioned by Cathedral Group, the developer behind the project —  is posted on the walls that enclose the site; those words will eventually take up full-time residence on Waller Way, the street on which the cafe is located.

Situated next to the local light rail station, the Movement Cafe occupies the current site of the former Greenwich Industrial Estate and is part of a larger project to regenerate the area.

Movement Cafe 2

image via Movement Cafe

In the neighborhood? Stop by the Movement Café for some “Dead Kool” vegan ice cream peddled (or perhaps we should say “pedaled?”) at the cafe via a classic Pashley ice-cream bicycle customized by artist Luke Morgan. More information is available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.