Trinity Buoy Wharf
London's windswept creative community
London’s most creative community is windswept, secluded and far away from the centre of the action. And that’s why residents love it.
But this seclusion has helped it become a truly creative community.
A lighthouse, boats, and Bond
The site has London’s only lighthouse. It no longer works, but is the home of art projects like Longplayer.The Wharf is surrounded on all sides by water, and the main non-creative tenant are boat operators Thames Clippers.
It’s also a setting for great films. Bond film The World Is Not Enough saw Pierce Brosnan running his boat through a restaurant built especially for the stunt on the Wharf. But the highlight is 'Container City”, developed by Urban Space Holdings in 2001, a studio and office complex made from recycled sea shipping containers.
A further extension to the Container City Complex was the "Riverside Building" located next to the Thames facing The O2 dome. This was yet another architectural design providing an additional 22 studio spaces.
And the initial creative residents have attacted others. The University of East London opened Fine Art studios at the wharf, and a few years later, two dance studios.
There are more than 500 people living and working there now, in industries ranging from fine arts and sculpture to design, photography and music.
Banner image: Claire Sambrook