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Bun House duo launch Shoreditch bar & community hub

A brand-new bar and community hub, Glass House has opened today in London's Shoreditch.

The 1,000 sq ft site was secured by Shelley Sandzer on behalf of Alex Peffly and Z He, the husband and wife team behind Bun House, Wun’s, and Pleasant Lady.

The new concept will act as a hub for freelance workers during the day to those looking to socialise in the evening, offering a safe space for guests to work and collaborate.

During the day, Glass House’s coffee bar will offer locally-roasted brews and blends, whilst the food menu takes a similarly local approach, using ingredients sourced from quality suppliers such as The Dusty Knuckle Bakery. There will be sweet pastries and hot breakfast butties in the morning, and when thoughts turn to lunch Glass House will serve a changing line-up of freshly-made sandwiches (one British, one vegetarian/vegan, and one Halal).

At night, the lights will be dimmed and those looking to make an evening of it can take their pick from Glass House’s short but perfectly-formed drinks list. Cocktails will take a straightforward approach, centred around the classics and made with spirits distilled nearby. Glass House will pour a selection of London-only craft beers, and the drinks menu will also include 0.0% beer and a selection of non-alcoholic spirits.

Glass House has been designed by He, with a glass-fronted building and airy interior creating a bright and inviting space for day-to-day solo use or large social meet-ups. White tube lighting interspersed with pops of bright colour illuminate the venue, with a terrazzo counter bar and glass-encased recording studio acting as focal points within the versatile space.

Peffly commented, “I felt there was a need for a collaborative, inclusive and safe space for the community to come together in and I hope Glass House can be exactly that.

“All who enter our doors can find a space of comfort, and the freedom to be creative. We want Glass House to be a place for everyone, locals and visitors alike, and we’ve worked hard to make sure that we’re using as much London produce as we can, from cocktails to croissants.

'We tasked Shelley Sandzer with finding a site for our innovative concept and are delighted with this buzzing Shoreditch location.”

Etai Page, Leasing Agent at Shelley Sandzer, added, “Alex and Z have been hugely successful with their other ventures across London, and this latest concept picks up on the rise in London shared workspaces with a social element. This site at the corner of Brick Lane and Bethnal Green Road is perfectly placed to attract the Glass House audience.”