The Lighthouse Gardens

Join us at The LightHouse & Gardens on Wednesday October 26 to meet fellow high street champions and talk about creating space for arts and culture.

Do you have an interest in high street property activation led by arts & culture?

On Wednesday October 26, we are bringing together the Property X-Change network for a social event at The LightHouse in Stratford, hosted by Hadley Property Group.

Since the London Olympics in 2012, Stratford has been going through a rapid cultural transformation, accelerated by the co-location of anchor institutions like the V&A, Sadler’s Wells, and BBC Music Studios. As we are meeting in this part of London, we want to take the opportunity to discuss the role that arts & culture could play in the recovery of our high streets.

From large institutional museums to small independent galleries, and from national music venues to intimate recording studios, our high streets have always been the home and source of different expressions of arts, culture, and creativity. But creative uses of valuable property do not always come easy. While small organisations might struggle to secure affordable space, large organisations have to carefully balance their influence on neighbourhoods between community building and gentrification.

The evening will provide an opportunity to talk about these challenges in the context of high street property, hear from diverse voices with first-hand experience of the subject, and meet like-minded people in the Property X-Change network.


  • 5pm – Welcome drinks
  • 6pm – Inspiring discussion about arts & culture on the high street
  • 7pm – More drinks, samosas, and networking

Space at this event is limited, so remember to sign up using the Eventbrite link in the right-hand column. We look forward to seeing you!

Property X-Change & Hadley Property Group

Introducing Hadley Property Group

Hadley Property Group is a privately-owned development company which specialises in progressive, sustainable approaches to the delivery of much-needed housing in Greater London and other major UK cities. Their latest site has been turned into a meanwhile community garden and wellbeing space, The Lighthouse and Gardens, located at the heart of the emerging new Stratford. Its aim is to provide a range of wellness services to the local neighbourhood and beyond, whilst also supporting local groups, charities, projects and individuals with a space where they can rehearse, learn, exhibit, grow and thrive.


  • Hadley Property Group
  • Property X-Change


  • Gemma Dean, Creative Land Trust
  • Hazel Durrant, UD Music
  • Josephine Chanter, Design Museum
  • Laura Parker, V&A East
  • Frederik Weissenborn, Design Council

Time & place

  • Wednesday October 26
  • 5-8pm
  • The LightHouse & Gardens E20 1DB

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