Save the last dance for Tea

Tea Dance for Little People, the children's play venue in Brockley, is to relocate from its home in the Tea Factory and is on the hunt for a new home in the area. A planned rent rise and the need for a bigger premises (The Tea Factory has always been a bit of a tight squeeze for them) is behind the move.

TDLP confirmed the news in an email to customers and supporters, saying:

We are busy looking for a new home for our family arts cafĂ©. We’re reaching out to our community to assist us in finding new premises so please contact us if you know of somewhere or someone who can help. 

We’ve had an opportunity at The Tea Factory to really discover what TDLP can be. Sadly, the rental costs are about to increase. Just under 1,000 individual families have visited TDLP since we opened, more than 20 artists have been trained and employed, and we have 19 families working through our TeaTimebank, exchanging their skills for free family time to help grow the social business. 

Without the investment of Brockley’s local community we would never have managed to get going and thank you all for your involvement.

In the mean time, there is a full calendar of events planned at The Tea Factory. We wish them well on their hunt for a new home.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any interest for a new tenant in the building as yet?

Matt-Z said...

Have they thought about the premises that might become a drop-in centre on Shardeloes Road?

Anonymous said...

I would have thought that rents on that stretch of road are pretty much as low as you could get in Brockley/Honor Oak Park.

A neighbouring unit has been empty for ages and has a sign advertising that it is available for only £500 a month.

Anonymous said...

Whoever's running the Tea Factory really are doing a sterling job at holding onto tenants, aren't they. Not.

Anonymous said...

Maybe a dirty chicken store could move in?

Anonymous said...

The TDFLP space has an outdoor bit doesn't it? Would be ripe for a new bar / restaurant!

Cone said...

Yes that space on Shardeloes road would be excellent, a nice bit of clustering next to the nursery.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of premises of a fairly large size in Crofton Park - the old Jones & Virdi estate agent and the old Oliver James Estate Agents are both large. In addition the old Gold Accounting place and a couple of units near the Rivoli, which if they are the same size as Pat-A-Cakes could be suitable.

Either that or they could go to the newly cleared stretch in Honor Oak (but most were kicked on on rent hikes, so probably not) e.g. Whitewood Shop, Honor Oak Pets, Honor Oak Tandoori etc.

pembroke pete said...

the new build space on the corner of gordon road/nunhead green?

here http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=gordon+road+se15&ll=51.465264,-0.057142&spn=0.007366,0.01929&oe=UTF-8&hnear=Gordon+Rd,+Greater+London+SE15,+United+Kingdom&gl=uk&t=m&z=16&layer=c&cbll=51.465297,-0.059089&panoid=aFvBuCCW25CLmsWvhohCNQ&cbp=12,280.61,,0,16.42

Anonymous said...

TDFLP has been a friendly and colourful neighbour and as a TF resident I'll be sad to see them go. Housemartins' place looks sad and unloved and the TF marketing generally has been awful. We are lucky to have GTA but with more commcercial space coming online this year this is a story of missed opportunities. The freeholder is probably be DPS Brockley Ltd who are not good for much in my experience.

Anonymous said...

Haha, dirty chicken anonymous, just brilliant!

Anonymous said...

not a great site for outside dining on the edge of busy roundabout...

Anonymous said...

Most of clapham's restaurants are on a main road, aren't they?

Osh said...

In Clapham, the pavement is wider than a couple of feet and there is loads of footfall. I'm pro-bar / cafe there, but come on, let's not make silly comparisons.

Anonymous said...

Really hope a suitable location comes up in the immediate area for them.
The people involved, the philosophy, the ingenuity and genuine caring of the TDLP are a great addition to the community and an asset to those of us with young families.

Anonymous said...

Outdoors? In extremis...

Fattyfattybumbum said...

There are about 2-3 empty units by the lights at the top of Adelaide Avenue, a retail stretch desperately in need of a driver for change like TDFLP.

Mareen said...

With attempts to turn Ashby Mews into residential work space it would be less controversial to site yourselves there, and you probably would get a lot of neighbour support.

Anonymous said...

It seems my comment about the unloved Housemartins' office had an effect because this morning there was a sign outside proclaiming the arrival of a new 'hydro' shop. I assume that's hydroponic and we will have all manner of amateur horticulturalists visiting from far and wide.

Anonymous said...

I've been wondering what a Hydro shop was.

The Swanmeister said...

I just popped into TDLP to have a chat about Hummy Mummies, and I have to say, I have always been so impressed with what they do and their vision for the area. I really hope that they can find a suitable space which is even more accessible for parents and gives a bit more room to grow the vision. Best of luck TDLP!

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