Limehouse in east London is a place of exhilarating, nearly overwhelming diversity. There is such a wonderful clash of cultures in this area, from Bengali to British, all set against the backdrop of the Docklands and old school Eastenders. Limehouse is also a place of extraordinary creativity. In recent years it has become home to many young adults working in the arts: actors, artists, web designers, writers, musicians. Being near Canary Wharf, it is also a playground for young city professionals.
My wife Lorelei and I came from the USA with a vision of engaging people with the gospel in ‘third spaces’ like neighborhood eateries and coffee shops. We had been helping lead a café on Brick Lane, so when the team leader position opened up at Departure in Limehouse it seemed like a perfect fit!
My vision for this space is to create a ‘culture of redemption.’ We began with giving it a rebranding: in August we changed the name from Departure to Husk Coffee & Creative Space – the art space, of course was already Husk Gallery.