Another Week – Another Café Pops Up!

20th September 2012

This week we’re taking a look at this fantastic pop-up café and performance space in South East London. The ‘Movement Café’ is situated on a construction site next to the Docklands Light Railway Station in Greenwich. The striking design is inspired by poetry and typography and features bold lettering and blocks of acid bright colour with an 80s-inspired retro twist.

Photo by Fahmi Fakhrudin on Unsplash

Photo by Fahmi Fakhrudin on Unsplash

The area where the café is situated is currently undergoing major redevelopment and the construction company working on the site wanted to liven up the area with this temporary structure which also includes amphitheatre-style seating around a performance space.

A specially-written poem about Greenwich by official Olympic poet, Lemn Sissay has been painted in bright colours along the boards that surround the construction site and form the surrounding walls of the Café. The interior design of the café is quite sparse, with a mixture of bright colours and natural wood. The focus is on outdoor seating and the performance area which is situated outside. Neon cushions and hand painted seats made from reclaimed materials and painted by local artists feature more of Sissay’s work.

The Movement Café plans to stay open until Christmas and has a series of performances lined up until then – including story-telling and poetry on Wednesday evenings and acoustic music on Thursdays. You can find out more on their website: