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Hackney and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Hackney and surrounding areas

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

Alexandra Lega

"In all corners of Shoreditch there's plenty of street art that really adds character to the area."

Andrew Phillips

"Shoreditch's equally trendy neighbour, Hoxton has a well established arts and entertainment scene."

Nick Batten

What is your favourite place?

Where do Hackney and surrounding areas locals go?

Pho House

After trying nearly all of the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road, this is by far the best. The setting is cool with graffiti style art on the walls and the service is excellent compared to other places on the same road. Complimentary tea and watermelon at the end is exactly what is needed after trying the extensive menu of pho, noodles, summer rolls and fresh fish.


A Mark Hix restaurant with a huge Damien Hurst cow and chicken on display, created specifically for Tramshed! The menu is simple but very tasty!

The De Beauvoir Deli Co.

This is a fab little deli with homemade cakes, tonnes of local produce and some really great cheese! There's always people sat outside enjoying a sandwich and a coffee...

Cereal Killer Café

Much talked about, this place epitomises all that is trendy in the Shoreditch area!

Beigel Bake

This infamous 24/7 bagel bakery is a firm favourite with both locals and tourists - the salt beef bagel is certainly hard to beat!

The Breakfast Club

Always busy, with great breakfasts throughout the day, as well as lunch and dinner menus.


An incredible restaurant in east London. Bright yellow and tiny in size, it serves the best fried chicken with American-style sides, including the dill and pomegranate slaw, which is unreal! Booking is recommended...


The most sophistication you can find between two kebab shops on a roundabout. A speakeasy-style cocktail bar underneath the adjacent shops, serving the best cocktail creations in town.

Brick Lane

You'll be spoilt for choice along Brick Lane when it comes to curry houses! The deals that some restaurants offer are out of this world...

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!

Salvation in Noodles

Super tasty Vietnamese noodle salads and pho on the borders of Dalston.

Casa Blue

Try the goldfish bowls in this trendy cocktail bar on Brick Lane...

E. Pellicci

A local family run institution where you always feel welcome! This greasy spoon café is a proper traditional place with a buzzing atmosphere.


The only place in London to do a bacon doughnut... They also have amazing chicken and lunchtime deals in the week!

Oval Space

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

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Child-friendly activities near Hackney and surrounding areas

Toddlers' World Soft play

Britannia Leisure 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

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

Piano Lessons with Cherry Muckle

West Library
Provide piano classes. Welcome. Whether you're totally new to the piano (and music!), wanting to develop your existing skills or interested in giving your child a unique opportunity for personal development, you've come to the right place. £70 per hour £52.50 per 45 minutes £35 per half hour Website

Baby (Developmental) Massage

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

Kingsgate Hall Playgroup

It gets the stay and play thing just right - welcoming, flexible, snack time, lovely staff. Website

Hoxton Singing Mums

St John’s Church
A community choir for mums in and around Hoxton singing everything from pop songs to show tunes, gospel to rock. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm! Pre-school children welcome, toys & refreshments provided. Open to all mums - even if your kids are at school or even all grown up! 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
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