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A locals' guide to E8

"The takeover of the Overground at Hackney Central has been fantastic for the local area - there's proposals for Crossrail 2 at this station too!"

Alexandra Lega

"Watch all the big Hollywood blockbusters and arts films at independent Hackney Picturehouse."

Edward Taylor

"The arrival of the London Overground in Haggerston has really opened up this area for commuters."

Alexandra Lega

What is your favourite place?

Where do E8 locals go?

London Fields Lido

Perfect for a fun day out, especially in the summer, this outdoor pool in Hackney's London Fields is one of London's last remaining lidos. It is open all year round and is, of course, heated. Why not grab lunch from either one of their two cafes after an exciting dip?!

The Advisory

The best burger in Hackney and delicious sides too!


I always make a quick pit stop at this coffee van on the Narrow Way in the morning.

Hackney Picturehouse

A great cinema that shows a lot of special screenings and q&a sessions, as well as popular Hollywood films.

Bread and Butter

Serving the best breakfasts in Dalston, lovely fresh organic food, amazing juice and great coffee. The tortilla with loads of cheese is a great hangover cure!

Broadway Market

Broadway Market is the exact place to go to experience the best of what east London has to offer, with its fantastic range of food stalls, restaurants, shops and pubs! If you go in the summer, be sure to grab a beer and head over to London Fields, where the standard BBQ doesn't exist.

Pub on the Park

On the border of London Fields, its a fantastic pub with a big outdoor area and reasonable drink prices too.

The Pantry

Specialist eggless cakes for every occasion!

Hackney Fresh

I often pop in to this fruit and veg shop for their fresh produce and a coffee. Very handy!


Excellent homemade noodles, ramen and lots more. It's got a well-stocked bar too!

Café Health

A lovely little Caribbean restaurant on Mare Street in East London. They offer the best jerk chicken along with other Caribbean dishes.

Patty & Bun

The best burgers in London under London Fields railway arches!


This place is great for brunches and lunches. They have a cabaret place downstairs so you really could stay all day if you wanted to!

Oval Space

A club based off Hackney Road where international DJs and live acts play regularly. It also has terrace parties in the summer.

Brew for Two at St John's

This delightful café in the garden of St John-at-Hackney Church is great for an al fresco lunch when the weather is kind! Homemade burgers, cakes, sweet & sour crepes and Monmouth coffee!!!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Dalston, Hackney, De Beauvoir Town, Bethnal Green, Hoxton, Homerton, Newington Green, Victoria Park, Shoreditch and Canonbury

What do you love about E8?

Why do you find E8 a great place to live?


"I love Hackney because it's very multicultural and there's lots of fun things to do, including Victoria Park. "

August 2015


"I love Hackney because it is so diverse and a great place to be. It is an amazing feeling to live in Hackney because it is filled with so many different people from all around the world. I love going to Hackney empire to watch shows with my friends, especially comedy shows. I've grown up in Hackney all my life and I've watched it transform into this amazing place I knew it could be. All the buildings, streets and roads... more

January 2015


"I love the diverse culture in Hackney. Broadway Market is a fantastic place and has some great gastro pubs as well as some lovely restaurants. There are some cracking schools in the area and there are also lots of nice parks, which I love as I am training for a triathlon."

January 2015


"Hackney is a prized jewel in the crown of East London. With its Victorian architecture and ample transport links into the commercial heart of London, busy city workers can commute to Liverpool St in ten minutes yet still happily spend their weekends drinking Artisan coffee on the green expanses of London Fields. It is a true cultural melting pot, in the sense that it has embraced all of the influences borne upon it, as well as... more

January 2015


"The people, sense of community, everything I need is nearby. I just wish it wasn't so expensive - I want to stay here!"

December 2014

Local resident

"A fantastic gentrifying neighbourhood in its own right, Dalston also has great transport and sits between other great areas such as trendy Islington, yummy mummy Stoke Newingtin, leafy London Fields and Shoreditch to the south. The area has a brilliant mix of residents from all social and ethnic backgrounds. Is there more interesting more varied part of London?! I don't think so...we just need a few more decent shops and a... more

October 2013

Local resident

"It's a green haven with Millfields park, beautiful Leabridge Nature Reserve, great canal walk to Springfield park and cafe. Fantastic for activities: Running miles around Lea Valley nature reserve, Park run every Saturday morning, riding stables, ice rink, Water Works golf centre, bird sanctuary, rowing club and marina."

October 2011

Local resident

"Chatsworth Rd market on Sunday, Venetia's cafe, The creperie, Hop Toy Shop, L'Epicerie, friendly Regal chemists, amazing Punjabi food at the Elderfield Pub on Mon & Sat, Pages bookshop, the Marshes to run on and explore on bike, The icerink & stables... it's interesting and creative people."

September 2011

Local resident

"Two stops away from Westfield!"

September 2011

Local resident

"The Olympics!!"

September 2011


"Broadway Market - It has great bars, restaurants, and an amazing farmers market. We also have a 50m heated pool which is sitiuated in London Fields which is a huge green space. It has a community feel and feels like I am on hoiliday every time I go there."

May 2011


What do you like about E8?

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"Every last Sunday in February, a service takes place at Holy Trinity, Dalston to remember the prince of clowns, Joseph Grimaldi. Full costume and makeup is mandatory for those attending!"

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Child-friendly activities near E8

London Fields Lido

London Fields
London Fields Lido is a 50m Olympic size, heated outdoor swimming pool open all year round and located in Hackney, central London. The swimming pool has lane swimming available at all day, swimming lessons for children and adults, one to one swimming lessons and advice and instruction for members and non members during our swimfit sessions. Facilities also include a café as well as a large sundeck and sunbathing area. Website

Baby (Developmental) Massage

Buggies & Bikes (downstairs)
Massage works muscles and the joints, increases flexibility, you learn a lovely skill for life. Website

Toddlers' World Soft play

Queensbridge Sport & Community Centre
A fun-filled environment designed to challenge and stimulate children between the ages of six months to five years. Parents must supervise their children during these sessions. Website

Kindy Drama - Helen O'Grady Drama Academy

St Michael's and All Angels
It has been carefully devised to complement the existing Helen O'Grady Drama Academy's Primary,Youth programmes and Adult drama. 4:30- 5:30 Ages 4 and half years to 7 years. 5:30- 6:30 Ages 8-12 years Website

Baby (Developmental) Massage

Buggies & Bikes
Massage works muscles and the joints, increases flexibility, you learn a lovely skill for life. Website

Baby Sign class

Independent Place Nursery
Learn to sign with your baby and ease communication before thay can talk. This hour-long class includes singing as well as a playtime afterwards. Website

Frogprince Baby Music - Hackney City Farm

Hackney City Farm
Based on the use of simple and common music instruments like acoustic guitar, piano, toy percussion, voice and the most popular songs and nursery rhymes for children, Frogprince Baby Music Class is a path toward the joy of socializing through music. Website
  1. About E8

    E8 is the postcode district in East London incorporating the areas of Hackney Central, Dalston, London Fields. The local authority covering E8 is Hackney. The postcode area does not cover all of east London; the remainder is covered by the RM (Romford) and IG postcode areas.

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