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Hackney Fresh

Hackney Fresh

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

Hackney Picturehouse

Hackney Picturehouse

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

Tonkotsu

Tonkotsu

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

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!!!

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'!

The Bonneville

The Bonneville

Located in Lower Clapton, The Bonneville is a quirky low-lit brasserie with a French-inspired menu and cocktails. Its décor is striking and cocktails speak for themselves. It is a must visit if you are a foody!

Hackney Walk

Hackney Walk

The upcoming home for fashion designers. Hackney Walk is a fashion district located within East London. It is a new ultimate luxury shopping experience that consists of many major and luxury designer brands. Hackney Walk is a trendy hub for great urban food, leisure and community activities. It is amazing, as Hackney is such a diverse and energetic area in London!

Patty & Bun

Patty & Bun

The best burgers in London under London Fields railway arches!

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.

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?!

COFFEE8

COFFEE8

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

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.

The Advisory

The Advisory

The best burger in Hackney and delicious sides too!

Sutton and Sons

Sutton and Sons

Best fish and chips in Stoke Newington!

The Haberdashery

The Haberdashery

A beautiful, vintage-style café serving yummy cakes and proper coffee. Great for brunch.

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

"Renowned pioneer of female independence, Hackney born Dorothy Levitt was the holder of both the world water speed record and the ladies land speed record. Her tip for women drivers travelling alone? Carry a revolver!"

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

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

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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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Child-friendly activities near Hackney Downs

Toddler Art Classes

The Russet
Bring your under 5's for some painting, sculpting, collage, drawing and more! Website

Tiny Time Music- The Russet

The Russet
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Drop in class £6 per child, £9 for two siblings*. No need to book! Website

Knitting Circle

Merry Go Round
Bring along your projects and work on them. Please note that this is not a teaching class, it is a sharing and learning together group Website

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 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

Baby Club

Linden Children's Centre,
Play session for children under 1 year. Website

Acting Bugs - Clapton

Clapton Park & Dalston URC
Acting Bugs classes are weekly drama sessions carefully devised so the parent/carer can join in alongside the child. The sessions are themed half termly and incorporate an ongoing story which includes singing, movement, puppets, props and improvisation. Website

About Hackney Downs

Hackney Downs is an open space and a broader area in Lower Clapton, in the London Borough of Hackney. It borders on Stoke Newington to the west and Shacklewell to the south. Although part of Clapton, as a distinct area, it can be said to be bounded by Amhurst Road to the south, Kenninghall Road to the north, Cricketfield Road to the east and the railway to the west, thus occupying most of the western half of Lower Clapton and some of the shrinking district of Shacklewell. The streets north and south of the park are dominated by social housing – these areas were largely rebuilt during the 1930s and 1960s. The Downs open space was originally common land, preserved from the 1860s as parkland as a result of pressure by the Commons Preservation Society. At 16 hectares (40 acres), the park is one of the larger open spaces wholly within the London Borough of Hackney. It has a play area, basketball courts, football pitches and a bowling green.

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