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Pepitos

Pepitos

Amazing Mexican food!

Tonkotsu

Tonkotsu

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

Pub on the Park

Pub on the Park

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

Chesham Arms

Chesham Arms

A revival of an old local boozer, residents fought hard to prevent this building being turned into flats and won after it was granted to be an 'asset of community value'!

Café Health

Café Health

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

Brew for Two at St John's

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!!!

Hackney Fresh

Hackney Fresh

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

Broadway Market

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.

Hackney Picturehouse

Hackney Picturehouse

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

The Chesham Arms

The Chesham Arms

Enjoy a pint while sitting round the toasty fire - this pub was saved from development by the local community, making it a lovely local place for food and drinks.

Jim's Cafe

Jim's Cafe

Best burgers this side of Texas.

Victoria Park Market

Victoria Park Market

Open every Sunday, you can enjoy a Sunday walk in the park and have a bite to eat and a pint in the middle of it! Great day out with family or friends on a nice and sunny day.

London Fields Lido

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?!

Swing Patrol Victoria Park

Swing Patrol Victoria Park

I love the beginner swing dance classes at The Royal Inn on the Park every Tuesday. The classes are fun, the teachers and students are friendly and the dancing is great! A great way to meet new people, get some exercise and, of course, learn to dance.

Patty & Bun

Patty & Bun

The best burgers in London under London Fields railway arches!

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

"Amongst Hackney's notable past and present residents are businessman Lord Alan Sugar, actor Michael Caine and actress Barbara Windsor."

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!

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

Chris Manderson

Hackney Walk is the ultimate luxury shopping experience in East London.

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What locals say about Hackney

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

  2. 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 bring back so many memories and each place in Hackney has significance to me and that's why I love it. I couldn't wish for another place to be other than Hackney due to its welcoming people, diversity, talent and its beauty. Hackney really is the place to be.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 within. Music, art and food are central to Hackney’s cultured soul so you cannot spend a day here without falling in love with at least one of them. With a large influx of young, first time buyers in the last five years, as well as the original crowd that have seen drastic changes in the last decade, Hackney has a genuine sense of rejuvenation to it – a borough that has slipped seamlessly from antiquated to vintage and is still ripening in 2015.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Two stops away from Westfield!

  8. The Olympics!!

About Hackney

Popular with young families and City and media workers, Hackney is a vibrant East London neighbourhood that covers approximately two-thirds of the London Borough of Hackney. Located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Charing Cross, Hackney has excellent transport links even though it’s not on the Underground. There are several shopping streets with high street and independent shops, a wide selection of interesting restaurants, bars, live music venues, facilities for sport and recreation, and several sought-after schools. Hackney also boasts several parks, such as Victoria Park and London Fields.

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