A great cinema that shows a lot of special screenings and q&a sessions, as well as popular Hollywood films.
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A lovely little Caribbean restaurant on Mare Street in East London. They offer the best jerk chicken along with other Caribbean dishes.
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Excellent homemade noodles, ramen and lots more. It's got a well-stocked bar too!
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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!
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I always make a quick pit stop at this coffee van on the Narrow Way in the morning.
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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.
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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.
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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'!
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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!
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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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Super tasty Vietnamese noodle salads and pho on the borders of Dalston.
Submitted by Samuel
Fresh and high-quality food, really friendly staff, great atmosphere and good prices. The sourdough pizza are delicious and they source local beers and seasonal produce.
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I love Hackney because it's very multicultural and there's lots of fun things to do, including Victoria Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two stops away from Westfield!
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Acting Bugs - ClaptonClapton 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
London Fields LidoLondon 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
Toddlers' World Soft playQueensbridge 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 AcademySt 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
Knitting CircleMerry 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
Music with MaddySalvation Army
Singing, dancing, instruments, puppets and creative fun for children from newborn to 5 years. Cost: £4 Maddy has been unwell so please check on website if classes are running: Website
Tiny Time Music- The RussetThe 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
Hackney Central is the central district of the London Borough of Hackney in London. It comprises the area roughly surrounding, and extending north from Mare Street. It is situated 4 miles (6.4 km) north east of Charing Cross. Hackney Central is the area that once would have been known as Hackney Village. This was a place that flourished from the Tudor period, when principal members of the Court had their houses in the surrounding area, and King Henry VIII of England had a palace (located near the modern Lee Bridge Road roundabout). Hackney Central remained a popular resort for Londoners until the end of the Georgian era, when this suburb of London began to be completely built up. Railways, trams and factories brought an end to Hackney's rural atmosphere during the Victorian era, and its fortunes declined. Extensive post-war redevelopment has replaced much of the housing stock, but the Georgian housing and Victorian terraces that remain have become popular again.
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