About Second Home

Second Home is a creative workspace and cultural venue, bringing together diverse industries, disciplines and types of social businesses.

We understand that great things happen when different people, ideas and industries are brought together, which is why we’ve worked hard to curate a diverse creative community in our building.

Our community includes fast-growing global businesses such as TaskRabbit, Artsy and Threads, homegrown innovators such as Visualise and Bulb, as well as individuals like Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery), David Rowan (editor of Wired Magazine Europe) and Marina Willer (Pentagram).

The Spitalfields building was designed by award-winning Spanish architects SelgasCano, who created the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion - one of the most prestigious architectural commissions in the world.

Second Home hosts a year-round programme of talks, exhibitions, live music, film screenings and more. Recent events have included collaborations with Dazed & Confused, The Design Museum, British Library, Pentagram and the Institute of Contemporary Arts - featuring speakers such as fashion designer Stella McCartney, behavioural economist Richard Thaler, evolutionary biologist EO Wilson and writer Dave Eggers.

“Your building is magnificent, a real organisation and spatial breakthrough.”

Richard Rogers
Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner

“Second Home has provided Artsy a brilliant home base in one of the best cities in the world.

"Here, we connect with some of the most inspiring and influential producers of culture and new technologies.”

Legacy Russell

“We’ve met some fantastic people through Second Home and they’ve contributed massively to Bulb’s mission.

"You don’t make these kinds of connections anywhere else.”

Amit Gudka and Hayden Wood

Second Home was co-founded by Sam Aldenton and Rohan Silva, and our first location launched on 3 November 2014.

Sam Aldenton is a serial entrepreneur, and co-founder of some of London's most creative businesses, including: Dalston Roof Park, Feast street food festival, The Exchange and The Long Table.

In addition, spent six years as chief executive of Bootstrap Company, a social enterprise supporting small businesses, educational projects and cultural exchange.

Sam is also a co-founder of Hackney Pirates, a charity that uses creative writing to support literacy programmes for young people.

Rohan Silva was previously Senior Policy Adviser to the British Prime Minister, working across all areas of Government policy. Amongst other things, Rohan was responsible for developing key policies to improve the environment for enterprise in the UK, such as the Entrepreneur Visa, Entrepreneur Relief, angel investment tax breaks, and the Government's Open Data agenda.

In addition, Rohan created the Government's Tech City initiative, which supports the growth of the technology cluster in East London, and also created the Government's Life Science Strategy in 2011, as well as the follow-up strategy in 2012 focused on genomics and bioinformatics.

Rohan is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’, and serves on the boards of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Code First: Girls and the London Contemporary Music Festival.

“Tucked away inside a former carpet factory in trendy east London is a futuristic office space that London's most innovative companies all want to join.”

Business Insider

“It is sometimes said that the more virtual the world becomes, the more the physical is needed as its counterweight.

“Second Home is an elegant demonstration of this idea.”

Observer architecture critic Rowan Moore

“Second Home offers a different way of working...

“There is something hugely seductive about Second Home...

“You want to work here.”

RIBA Journal