The Movement, Greenwich, is London’s most colourful temporary café and performance space and the creation of a new gateway to the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
It started as an empty corner of our site on Greenwich High Road and Waller Way, just yards from the entrance to Greenwich DLR. Then came some containers, some bright pots of paints and the vision of artist Morag Myerscough.
An amazing team lead by Danny Elphick worked tirelessly on the construction of the café whilst Morag’s team went about creating a beautiful entrance to the Royal Borough of Greenwich, using the words from ‘Shipping Good’, a poem written for the MVMNT by official Olympic poet Lemn Sissay about Greenwich, on a colourful hoarding down the length of Waller Way.
Then Claire Pritchard from the Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency brought along some helpers for the finishing touches and started to get the café in shape for visitors. The GCDA now run the The Movement Café, providing passers by with locally sourced, delicious food and drink including homemade vegan-friendly gelato.
And then we opened. All in time for the first day of the London 2012 Olympics where thousands of people poured off the train at Greenwich to enjoy the greatest show on earth.
It’s a lovely, warm and welcoming space where we’ll also be hosting weekly poetry and music events. You can keep up-to-date with all the latest events on our home page blog. Below are a couple of snaps from our event in October 2012 when the café played host to the Future Shorts Film and Music Festival.
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