Founded in 2019, The Common Press used to be known as Glass House. We are a multidisciplinary queer arts venue and community hub based in Shoreditch. The venue consists of three spaces: Common Counter, a friendly local bar for the queer, The Common Press, a consciously intersectional bookshop and café celebrating writing by queer people and people of colour; and the Commons, a flexible and well-equipped events space perfect for everything from dance performances to book, workshops and parties.
Since launching we've gone from strength to strength, receiving warm reviews in National media and collaborating with an amazing range of performers, musicians, artists, and writers to create a space which serves marginalised communities across all of London. Above all, we've been welcomed by so many people here in Shoreditch who have made the site a second home, and we couldn't be more grateful for their support.
If you have any questions about the project, you can get in touch with us here - or scroll down, we might have answered them below!
What are your opening times?
The bar is sadly closed and only open for private events until 1am (later times available). The bookshop and all is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10am to 10pm.
Can I run an event with you?
Absolutely! We run a huge range range of events: book launches, club nights, private parties, burlesque lessons - you name it! You can find out more about working with us here.
Is The Common Press wheelchair accessible?
The ground floor (which includes the bar, the bookshop, and the podcast studios) is entirely wheelchair accessible, and also has accessible toilets. Unfortunately the events space is in the basement, and is not currently wheelchair accessible. We are actively exploring solutions for this. A lot of our events are on the ground floor - if you aren't sure whether an event is wheelchair accessible, drop us an email.
Is Glasshouse dog friendly?
Yes. Both service animals and pets are welcome throughout the site.
I have published a book. Can you stock it?
The Common Press stocks a lot of books from small and independent presses and self-published authors. All stocking decisions are at the discretion of the manager - please get in touch using the contact form, and include as much information about your book as possible.
I would like to work at The Common Press. Do you have any vacancies?
We aren't able to update this page with openings in real time - it's a good idea to keep an eye on our instagram page where we usually post about hiring, or send us an email with a cover letter and CV attached. We don't always have time to respond to unsolicited emails, so if you don't hear back from us within two weeks unfortunately we don't have a suitable position for you at this time, but your CV will be kept on file in case one opens for as long as data protection permits.