Community

Join us as we build community life in East London

We are building connections with and across communities through conversation, reflection, community projects, art, music and food.

Since 1950 St Katharine's has been serving and building connections in this exciting and vibrant community of Limehouse.

Charities, social enterprises and creative arts have all come out of our work. Community groups use the space at St Katharine's to do amazing things. St Katharine's has a number for groups that we lead on and sponsor. Here is a sample of our work. If you have an idea for a group or activity that you would like to host please get in touch with us via info@rfsk.org.uk

YURT CAFÉ

London’s only Yurt Café is a warm, fun and welcoming space to enjoy delicious homemade food and an array of drinks, including craft coffee, specialist teas, wine, beer and even cocktails. We serve fresh, nutritional food prepared on-site, as well as marvellous cakes and pastries from local bakery Rinkoffs.

With high speed free WiFi many people come and do creative work with us enjoying the Yurt atmosphere. The Community Garden is a great place to sit and enjoy the fresh air, abundant Wild Flower Banks and the gentle buzz from our own Bee Hive.

The Yurt Café is open 9am - 8pm Monday to Sunday

Your Yurt for Special Events

Individuals and organisations can book the whole Yurt including the two tents and community hub for memorable events, parties, product launches or even filming. Day-to-day this beautiful Mongolian style Yurt is part of our Community Café space, however, it is also a perfect space to hire for special events. 

LIMEHOUSE AID

The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is the umbrella charity for local community support group Limehouse Aid, set up during the Covid-19 crisis.

RFSK Food Bank

Our new local foodbank, distributing food to vulnerable families in the area, was created in partnership with Limehouse Aid during the Covid-19 crisis.

CREATIVE & ART SPACE

Over the years we have seen many musicians, artists use our space for different purposes. The Containers have been set up as studios bringing creative life to The Yurt Café and St Katharine's Precinct. 

For many years we had a partnership with Bow Arts  working with a range of artists and creatives.

MUSIC & ARTS

Our arts and music events celebrate creative talent in the local community.

Art Exhibitions

Art Exhibitions

As a creative hub, we encourage and support local artists to exhibit their work and engage with new audiences. Each month we feature the work of a guest artist or art group in the Community Hub. Past collaborations include exhibitions with Poetry in Wood, Bow Haven Art+, Creative Carers’ Collectives, Alice Osborne, Matt Ponting and Kumyoung Kwon.

Music concerts

Music concerts

We regularly host live music concerts on our outdoor stage next to the Yurt Café, featuring local artists such as Jazz musician Raffy Bushman and Juampi Mauro.

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