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A radical cafe showcasing left-wing culture, providing meeting space for progressives + serving delicious fusion food in Central London
120 backers pledged £5,226 to help bring this project to life.
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Launched in October 2012, Firebox is a fantastic new project in the heart of King's Cross. We provide a welcoming space where progressive movements,  local residents and left-leaning people can come together to learn about politics and organise campaigns.

Pop in for lunch and you'll discover second-hand books (on anything from the politics of disability to the history of trade unions), the opportunity to get involved in a range of campaigns, inspiring radical artwork and exciting weekly events.

Of course, you'll also get a delicious meal, with our constantly evolving menu reflecting our wonderfully diverse location. You can pick up everything from a Bengali omelette to a full English, with a iced Greek frappe or syrupy Turkish baklava along the way.

Time Out loved our 'radical chic', and veteran activist Tony Benn cut the ceremonial ribbon and opened our little cafe in October. Our doors are now open; but there's so much more for us to do.

Tony Benn opening Firebox in October
Tony Benn opening Firebox in October
Crowds enjoying our grand launch
Crowds enjoying our grand launch

The target we've set would allow us to do all of the following:

Equip Firebox with enough chairs and coffee cups to accommodate everyone who attends our meetings. With topics like 'How F*cked is the Economy?' and, most recently, 'A Red Down the Chimney: The Politics of Christmas', they're fun and accessible and we'd like to be able to squeeze in as many attendees as possible.

Allow us to purchase basic equipment for a community media suite. Firebox is surrounded by trade union headquarters, exciting local campaign groups and community centres. We'd love to offer subsidised packages training these groups in the basics of citizen journalism, video activism and social media campaigns from our pool of journalists, producers and communications experts. 

Install basic security precautions in the cafe - such as an alarm system and security shutters - meaning we can use the space safely. Firebox would like to organise anti-fascist work in the local area, and run events for LGBT, Women's and Black History Months. Sadly, this kind of work leaves us especially vulnerable to victimisation by the far-right, and means we need to take extra measures to secure the building.

Risks and challenges

We're setting up a radical shop in Central London in the middle of a recession - some might say that's an inherently dangerous thing to do. But we've done this because we know there's a hunger for this kind of space - proven by the sheer amount of people we've already got through the doors!

We have a strong supporter base built up already - both individuals who come along to our events and groups who hire out the space - so we know there are people who really like what we do, and come in regularly. The extra funding allows us to broaden our reach to those who might not be drawn to us otherwise!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Free entry to one Firebox event of your choice

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Free entry to one Firebox event of your choice, plus a signed copy of 'The People Demand: A short history of the Arab revolutions' by Firebox co-creator John Rees

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    Pledge £50 or more About $63

    Free entry to any three Firebox events of your choice, plus signed copies of 'A Marxist History of the World' by Firebox co-creator Neil Faulkner and 'The People Demand' as above.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $126

    All of the above plus free dinner for two at Firebox and a signed copy of 'Springtime: The New Student Rebellions' by Firebox project manager and Newsnight celeb Clare Solomon

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    All of the above plus a free walking tour of London's political landscape for you and friends from John Rees and Lindsey German, at a date of your choice, to accompany a signed copy of their book 'A People's History of London'

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    All of the above plus free dinner for two at Firebox once a month for a year

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