ISSUE 63  |  Do-It-Yourself

Extreme DIY: Crate Brewery in London

March 11, 2013 8:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Is Crate Brewery in London the ultimate DIY cafe? We think so. Just take a look at the details: light fixtures made from box springs, a sign fashioned from screws, a couch made from stacks of burlap coffee sacks, tables lashed together with fishing line.

Located in a former print factory in Hackney Wick, Crate is owned and operated by locals, who also built the industrial interiors using one-of-a-kind pieces and reclaimed materials. For more, go to Crate Brewery.

Above: A sign made from screws drilled into a piece of reclaimed wood.

Above: An aerial view of the brew pub; note the box spring lights strung on electric cords.

Above: A detail of the DIY lighting system.

Above: Cushions covered in burlap sacks create an ad hoc seating area.

Above: Tables made from slices of burl wood.

Above: A cluster of DIY lights.

Above: Tables made from salvaged wood, lashed together with fishing line.

Above: A view of the interior.

Above: The pub is located on an industrial waterway.

Planning a London pub crawl? See our favorites in our London City Guide.