Camerados East London Public Living Room launch

Camerados East London Public Living Room is opening on Saturday 14th August, bringing communities from three boroughs together!

The East London Camerados Public Living Room is opening on Saturday 14th August in The Garden of Earthly Delights! It will be open for the first time on Saturday from 12pm-4pm and is part of a network of Public Living Rooms across the country. Public Living Rooms are open to everyone and set up by local people who are part of the Camerados movement. Camerados believe that we can get through tough times better, by looking out for each other in a more human way. 

Tony, a camerado from Hackney, says that Too often society is just about utility whereas, Public Living Rooms are more about grace; which is that human to human connection”.

Public Living Rooms are spaces for folk to be alongside each other during the good times and the tough. They are places to meet new people, have a chat and a cuppa with no agendas and no fixing. Because sometimes it’s easier to chat to a stranger in the moment, than someone you know. 

Camerados in East London will be taking it in turns supporting each other to host Public Living Rooms in Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest as a way to connect their communities and look out for each other.

Come and join East London camerados on Saturday 14th August between 12pm-4pm at GED 161 Graham Road, Hackney London E8 1BT. 

Camerados is a growing movement of people from Baltimore to Blackpool who look out for each other in person and online. Anyone can be a camerado, it’s a behaviour thing. Being a camerado is about how you live on a daily basis and it’s based on six principles that help folk be alongside each other and get through tough times.

Camerados founder, Maff Potts believes that, “The public realm is divided into two types of places: places that sell you stuff and places that fix you. What if there was an agenda-free, no outcomes place where you had permission to be rubbish? It’s amazing what happens when you come in without the intention of trying to fix people. People often have the answers themselves.” 

The first Public Living Room was set up in Sheffield in 2016. Since then folk have been setting them up in their communities across the UK and the world. From hospitals to universities, libraries to community centres, in cafes and even on the Brooklyn Bridge! Over this time, thousands of people have benefitted from connecting and looking out for each other.

Notes to editor:


  • Camerados Press enquiries: Mabel Smith – 07741018181
  • For more about Camerados visit: 
  • The Camerados movement was founded by Maff Potts in 2015. Maff spent 20 years as CEO of a number of charities and housing associations and rewrote the UK government’s policy for homeless centres. He now believes that real social change comes from social movements. Maff is available for interviews, contact 
  • Maff’s bio, photos, stories from the movement and a potted history of Camerados are available here


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