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For many people moving to London, Hackney is the dream destination. Moving here means you're living in one of the most fashionable postcodes in the capital.
Hackney, it will come as no surprise to our sharp-witted readers, can be found in the London Borough of the same name, Hackney. The area is in good company with Shoreditch and Hoxton just round the corner and benefits from that great East London effect of having a little bit of something for everyone, which makes living in Hackney a pretty nice choice. It sits just four miles away from Charing Cross.
On a Map
Hackney is within the London Borough of Hackney.
Haca’s Eye is the term that the name derives from, meaning “raised ground in marshland.” I know what you’re thinking – Hackney? Marshland? Well back before we were growing beards, getting funny haircuts and living the jet-set lifestyle that we all do in 2017 (like, way before), Hackney was a rural area. It wasn’t until the arrival of the railway line and the Iron Bridge that the area began to be built up. Hackney Marshes act as a great reminder of the area's roots.
You can go back even further to discover that the area once flourished in a Royal way, when Henry the VIII and many of his friends, with heads firmly intact, lived in a palace and houses nearby.
The eventual arrival of the railway led to new settlers, factories and jobs. Many of the grand old Georgian buildings were knocked down in favour of houses, making up new streets next to the new roads.
The Second World War decimated much of the old Victorian and Georgian property, which means that nowadays properties of that ilk are rarer, more popular and therefore more expensive. Much of the property you’ll find in Hackney now is post-war.
Renting in Hackney
Hackney has become much more popular with renters over the last 10 years. It's gone from being a budget place to rent in London to one of the more expensive postcodes thanks to its reputation for attracting trendy young hipsters and artists. People flocking to the area due to the rising prices of central London resulted in a gentrification that is sometimes criticised... but this hasn't stopped people moving to Hackney, or the new businesses that pop up from thriving.
Expect to pay around £1,550 for a one-bedroom apartment in Hackney, £1,900 for a two-bedroom home and £2,400 for a three-bedroom house.
Hackney doesn’t have an Underground stop but Hackney Central Railway Station is part of the London Overground line and Hackney Downs Railway Station has frequent departures to Liverpool Street.
Restaurants and Bars
Lardo is a modern Italian restaurant that can be found towards London Fields. Seafood pizzas, sharing platters and sumptuous desserts can be expected in this eatery/charcuterie.
Address: 205 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ
Telephone: 020 8985 2683
As with Lardo, this restaurant is featured in our best restaurants in Dalston blog. From the owner of Ruby’s in Dalston, is a refurbished Cat and Mutton in London Fields. The result being (pleasingly) less mutton and more cat. Quail Scotch Eggs are the pick of the starters and mains include Steak Sandwiches, Grilled Mackerel on Toast and Burgers with thrice-cooked chips.
Address: 76 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ
Telephone: 020 7249 6555
"Norwegian-run, award-winning pub on Kenton Road" with a famously friendly, warm atmosphere. If it’s not warm enough in the beer garden you’ll find blankets to reach optimum heat. Food is served up by Northern Soul, offering Anglo-American influenced dishes, except on Sundays, where attention shifts to the gold-old traditional roast. Monday is film night and Tuesday is quiz night (love a good quiz).
Address: 38 Kenton Road, Hackney, London, E9 7AB
Phone: 020 8533 5041
If you like the atmosphere and intimacy of a small house party with friends coupled with a licensed bar and a modern European menu to choose from, then Platform Bar at Netil House is for you. Live music and DJs appear regularly and the outside terrace provides nice space for a breather.
Address: 2nd Floor, Netil House, 1-7 Westgate St, London, E8 3RL
Phone: 020 3095 9713
Who doesn’t like a micro-brewery these days, right? Crate Brewery offers the fantastic combination of craft beer and pizza; the original perfect food and drink combo. When you have 70 reviews on Google + and on average score of 4.4 you must be doing something right. The funky industrial style space is perfect for a chilled out get together with a big group of friends and stuffing your face. Nom....nomnomnomnomnom
Address: The White Building, Unit 7, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN
Phone: 07834 275687
Tiosk is the pun-tastically named tea merchants in London Fields who specialise in the retail and wholesale of premium tea. This is a truly fantastic idea as there is so much love given to coffee in a nation built on tea!
Address: 33 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH
Phone: 020 7254 4211
We’re told that you should head to the Prince Arthur on a Sunday for one of the the best roasts ever! The pub sells itself is a traditional family pub offering great draught ales and lagers with a menu of seasonal British food, but the menu says to me that they have some talented chefs hidden away in that kitchen!
Address: 95 Forest Road, London E8 3BH
Phone: 020 7249 9996
Things to do and places to shop
Standing for 170 years, Victoria Park is one of London’s oldest parks. The best feature here is the traditional old English gardens and the fountains. Get off the train at London Fields for a traditional English afternoon.
This theatre was built in 1901 and has been through a number of identity changes over the years. It’s been a theatre, a burlesque house, a bingo hall and a theatre once again. These days you can catch plays, dance acts, live music and stand-up comedians amongst other things at the Empire.
Address: 29 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 1EJ
London Fields Lido
When the sun comes out in the summertime then why not head to this Olympic-sized, heated outdoor swimming pool, with sunbathing areas. You'll forget you’re even in central London!
Address: London Fields West Side, Hackney, London, E8 3EU
One of the best markets in London! Broadway Market runs from London Fields to Regent's Canal. The real selling point of this Saturday market is the food. Have your pick of organic meats, fish, oysters, fruit and veg and much more. Local cafes and bakeries showcase their best offerings and the aromas around the market adds to the atmosphere. There's something to satisfy all the senses on Broadway Market in Haggerston.
There's so much to do in Hackney- if you've got any recommendations let us know in the comments!