Live like a local in Hackney, London
Hackney is one of the most exciting places in London. In this area, there is an incredibly successful art scene, lots of beautiful parks and if you are looking for some of the best cafes, bars, and clubs in the city, then you are definitely right here! Hackney is one of the largest city districts in London and is located just north-east of the city. The area includes many famous neighborhoods and areas of London, such as Shoreditch, Hoxton, and parts of the Regent’s Canal. It is also adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the 2012 summer Olympics took place. The area combines effortlessly the old with the new and will definitely surprise you!
Welcome to Hackney
Hackney is roughly bounded by the City Road and the City to the South, Southgate Road and Islington to the West, Amhurst Park and Harringay to the north, and the River Lea and Stratford to the East.
The subway stops only at the southern and northern edge, but the S-Bahn, which has many stops in this district, is easy to get anywhere.
Hackney’s southern neighborhoods are internationally famous for their nightlife, their many galleries and creative shops. The center and the north of the district are emerging areas where there are attractive offers for low-cost housing in an urban environment. The many great markets, restaurants and pubs in the area attract a few famous people, for example, Russell Brand is often found in Hoxton cafes like the Love Shake. In this blog article we will explore some of the most beautiful places in the district and show you how to live like a local!
Go shopping in Hackney
Hackney is best known for its numerous, impressive open-air markets and its countless monuments selling everything from haute couture to antiques.
– To begin with the markets, definitely visit the Broadway Market, one of the most famous in Hackney. Every Saturday, the street (with the same name) is transformed into a shopping area in the open air, full of street vendors offering everything from delicious food to vintage clothing. The Ridley Road Market is a nice alternative to Broadway Market, as there is a lot of fresh food at top prices. It is open every day: in the morning on weekdays and on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am-5pm. Another popular market is the Columbia Road Flower Market. It is one of the best flower markets in the city. Every Sunday, people gather in these colorful streets to enjoy the many floral stands and the marvelous fragrances on the streets. Three other major markets are the Netil Market, the Roman Road Market and the Street Feast in Dalston.
– Broadway Market also has a wide selection of great vintage stores to offer as well as two fantastic bookstores. ArtWonder is a great bookshop with an impressive assortment of books and magazines on art, graphic design, and photography. Broadway Bookshop is another lovely, small bookshop focusing on contemporary literature and a nice selection of tour guides.
– The Burberry Factory Shop is a well-hidden gem in Chatham Place and offers great discounts on Burberry clothing. For even more haute couture, go to the Westfield Stratford City shopping center. Geographically just outside of Hackney, this department store offers a huge selection of haute couture fashion such as Prada, Mulberry, and Hogo Boss, but it also has many trading chains like Primark, The Body Shop, H & M and much more.
– Last but not least, you will find a great collection of pop-up stores in Boxpark, which change constantly, so you will surely discover something new!
Hackney cafes, restaurants & bars
As mentioned, there is a lot of fantastic cafes, bars, and restaurants in Hackney. Especially Hoxton and Shoreditch are famous for their numerous, exceptional coffee houses and attractive clubs.
If you’re in desperate need of a decent cup of coffee, go to Climpson & Sons at the Broadway Market, but do not do it on a Saturday (on this day, the queue is right outside the door!). Tina, We Salute You on King Henry’s Walk is a lovely café, which also has really good coffee. Railroad on the Morning Lane is a great place for the branches and there are delicious sandwiches! Although it is not really a cafe, we definitely want to mention the E5 Bakehouse. This bakery in Mentmore Terrace may be a bit difficult to find because it is under a railway bridge. But the search is worth it, because the fresh bread here tastes unbelievable. Inside, a tiny café offers seating, but you can also take your bread with you
The Bridge and The Bagel Factory at Brick Lane are all of them. There are just a few good cafes in the area to mention them all, but if you’re looking for some other good places: The Cafe, The Shoreditch Station, The Bridge and The Bagel Factory excellent.
The Breakfast Club at Rufus Street is a sort of institution in Hoxton, and the place for a tasty British breakfast! For lunch, Long White Cloud at Hackney Road with its extensive menu is an excellent choice. For dinner, you can not go wrong with Buen Ayre on the Broadway Market. The service at this Argentinian steak house is great and the steaks are excellent. The Vietnamese restaurant Green Papaya on Mare Street is an inexpensive alternative and also has many vegetarian and vegan dishes. Mangal II on Stoke Newington Road is another ideal place for a cheap and quick dinner and serves one of the best kebabs of the city.
And here, too, there are too many fantastic restaurants to list them all, but a few more favorites are The Prince Arthur, Fish House, Stingray Globe and Pizza East.
Pubs and bars
The Clapton Heart on Lower Clapton Road is a lovely pub with a pleasant atmosphere and many different local and international draft beers. The Prince George on Parkholme Road is a very traditional pub with a wonderful beer garden. For a less traditional experience, head to the modern Bar Bistrotheque on Wadeson Street, which offers very good cocktails and an extensive menu. If you are looking for a decent dance club, go to Visions Video Bar on Kingsland Road.
To conclude, we recommend two more favorites: Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes and the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen.
Live like a local in Hackney
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What you can see & do in London’s Hackney
Hackney is one of the greenest regions in London and has many large-scale parks. In the summer, the trendsetters of Hoxton and Shoreditch flock to London Fields to make themselves comfortable on the lush lawn and enjoy the sun, or to dive into the Olympic swimming pool. Hackney City Farm is a wonderful park that you can explore with your children. Click to visit London with the kids for more family-friendly activities! Victoria Park on the eastern border of Hackney is also a beautiful park, and one of the largest in the area.
When it comes to talking about culture, Hackney has a lot to offer. There are countless galleries in the area, which is often referred to as one of the largest collections of artists in the country. There are also many museums. The Geffrye Museum offers an impressive insight into the history of domestic interior architecture in England. Sutton House is a stunning Tudor villa and the oldest home in Hackney. Fans of modern art should definitely visit Rivington Place, a beautiful center for modern fine arts. There is also the Hackney Archive and the Hackney Museum
In the summer, many great open-air events take place in Hackney. There is, for example, the second-day Lovebox Music Festival, which takes place every year at Victoria Park, as well as numerous other famous festivals, such as the HotTub Cinema Festival, Canalival and Hackney Wicked.
Visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
One of the latest additions to this area is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. In this park, which is located on the eastern border of Hackney, the Olympic Summer Games took place in 2012. It is now open to the public, and there is much to see and do in this green area! You can not only visit the Olympic facilities like the stadium, but you can also practice sports in them. From April 2014, the Aquatics Center and the Lee Valley Velopark will be open to athletes. You will also be able to climb the highest sculpture in the United Kingdom: the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower, which offers a unique view of Hackney and London!