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Hackney Picturehouse

Hackney Picturehouse

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

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.

Tonkotsu

Tonkotsu

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

Pepitos

Pepitos

Amazing Mexican food!

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!

COFFEE8

COFFEE8

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

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.

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.

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'!

Jim's Cafe

Jim's Cafe

Best burgers this side of Texas.

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!

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!!!

Salvation in Noodles

Salvation in Noodles

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

Cooper & Wolf

Cooper & Wolf

Great for a lazy Sunday coffee and Swedish inspired dishes too.

Sodo Pizza Café

Sodo Pizza Café

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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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."

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

Michal Bocian

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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Alexandra Haywood

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

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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!!

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Child-friendly activities near Hackney

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

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

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

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

Music with Maddy

Salvation 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 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

About Hackney

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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