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You'll fall in love with the Forge if you need an artist studio for rent in London. Just five stops from Canary Wharf and seven minutes' walk from Island Gardens station (DLR), it’s an easy commute, wherever you are. And what a building! Rich in historic significance, a sympathetic mix of original features and a high-specification interior makes for an ingenious work venue; like no other.

Not just for artists, our studios suit London businesses with a creative twist. Web agencies, graphic designers, architects and interior product designers all feel at home in the Forge.
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Perfumer Maya Njie photographed by ©Miro Arva
Having run London creative workspaces for over 40 years, we have the experience needed to provide our clients. Flexible in size, our studios can range from 84 to 345 square feet. With ample natural light (particularly on the mezzanine floor), each studio has a window into the communal area.

“As a studio holder I find The Forge a really inspiring place to work. It's a great space for creative makers and designers, and I enjoy the opportunity to learn something new from the other members and diverse small businesses that you meet on a daily basis.
 
The studios are spacious and newly built units, with hot desks, meeting rooms and exhibition space. The building has been adapted to fit an array of studios for designers, makers and small businesses and has great breakout spaces to network and meet the other makers. The studios, social space and potential to hold workshops are a fantastic part of what makes Craft Central really a special place to work.
 
The staff are friendly and helpful, with the Craft Central team always on hand to help and support your business. They provide regular opportunities to share your work and brand stories to their followers and subscribers. Craft Central has a long established creative community that reaches past it's studio holders, and provides a brilliant network to connect to. The annual design markets and fairs are a highlight of my year, where you have an opportunity to meet the many makers within the Craft Central Community.”
A set of great benefits available at the Forge

Set in a gated residential community, there’s 24/7 security at The Forge and you can enjoy the benefit of bookable free parking, should you have visitors or a delivery to receive.

And there’s more…

  • Integrated heating and ventilation
  • High speed WiFi
  • Ample power sockets
  • Wash-up areas on both floors
  • Disabled access
  • Extraction on request
  • Kitchen facilities and café-style seating... all over two floors

Studios on the ground floor

When you walk into The Forge and make your way across the triple-height gallery, you’ll first see our ground floor studios – ideal as artist space or creative studios for many types of enterprise. Standing in the middle of this magnificent building, the high-specification studios benefit from solid floors and block walls.

The ground floor is perfect, should you require an easy entry, or a level approach to allow for disabled access. And those with heavy equipment will welcome the lack of stairs!

If you’re looking for more controllable lighting, you’ll prefer our ground floor studios. Whilst they enjoy much natural light, it’s less variable than on the mezzanine floor and can be supplemented with artificial lighting as required.

Many studios can be expanded into adjacent spaces, should your needs demand this. When you visit Craft Central, please ask us to highlight where this is possible.

There are useful wash-up areas available to use on the ground floor.

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Studios on the mezzanine floor

Lofty, airy and bathed in natural light, our free-standing, two-storey studio construction is inspirational to say the least. Imagine housing your business or enterprise up high, on our mezzanine floor. You’ll never be short of natural light; whatever the season.

Each studio benefits from skylights and windows on at least two sides. We’ve also added additional ventilation for extra comfort. There’s nothing to compromise this wonderful creative community.

Fine craftsmen and jewellers will love these special spaces – we know natural light is so crucial to your work.

The partition walls on this floor offer flexibility on sizing. Let us know if you’re looking for something specific – we might be able to help.

And of course, we provide general wash-up areas on this floor to help you with your endeavours.

Please view our plan of mezzanine floor studios and contact us to understand current availability.

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Makers Market at the Forge
The Forge hosts a busy events calendar and as a member of our creative workspace team, you’re free to get involved. Mingle with the local community and visitors from London as a whole. Be part of an event and develop the profile of your creative business. We’re here to help you succeed. Want to see for yourself? We’d love to show you round our inspirational, creative spaces for rent.

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