Former Bible Factory
Story of the Home
”As you walk into Independent Place you get a feeling of calm, it’s very close to the action of Dalston and yet quiet, and architecturally interesting.
On entering the house the bedrooms are downstairs, a quirk I liked, however it is the reception space that is unique, it’s not until you physically step into it that you really appreciate the volumes. There is plenty of natural light due to the large industrial east and west facing windows, and the ceiling height is like nothing else I’d seen. The building is a former Bible Factory, and you really get a sense of industrial history.
Some of our neighbours have increased the size of the mezzanine with great effect. We know we could add another bedroom and bathroom, plus a dedicated workspace. Although we haven’t done it, it’s good to know it could be possible subject to the usual consents.
We’ve watched Dalston change over our 19 years, however it still retains the edginess and vibe of when we first moved in. We’ve had an eclectic mix of neighbours – there are artists, designers, musicians and doctors all living happily here.
One of the local pubs, The Shacklewell Arms, is now a well-respected indie music venue, they also sponsor music festivals. In fact, there are so many pubs within walking distance to choose from, all with a different atmosphere.
You are never short of things to do, and Dalston always seems to be open, new bars and restaurants are popping up all the time, the newest restaurant is ‘Yes Please’ on Ridley Road, which is currently getting the locals talking.
Dalston has a lot of variety, and you have plenty of parks too. Hackney Downs is at the end of the road, and it’s not far to Victoria Park, Clissold Park, Hackney Marshes and London Fields Lido. Sadlers Wells is also close for a dose of culture, and the Rio cinema a few minutes walk.
Commuting can be very straightforward as you have Dalston Kingsland and Junction Overground Stations to choose from, the West End is just 20 minutes away, and the bus links are also good.”
''We’ve watched Dalston change over our 19 years, however it still retains the edginess and vibe of when we first moved in. There are artists, designers, musicians and doctors all living happily here.''