Hackney Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Hackney

Hackney did once have a bit of a bad reputation for being downtrodden and crime-ridden, but parts of Hackney have now been transformed into super-trendy hotspots where everyone wants to be seen; on the fringe of the City, Shoreditch and Hoxton are rich in cultural events, cosmopolitan restaurants, nightclubs and comedy venues.

Hackney has come a long, long way from its downtrodden past. Gentrification has transformed the borough into one of London’s most desirable places to live, whether it’s trendy Shoreditch and Dalston rich in cultural events, cosmopolitan restaurants, and nightclubs, or the family-friendly Stoke Newington and Clapton, a hit with yummy mummies and young professionals. There are still arty, semi-affordable pockets though - Hackney Wick, the most isolated part of the borough, is home to more artists per capita than anywhere else in the world; it’s also seen renewed interest since the 2012 Olympics took place in the nearby Olympic Park.

Although there’s no tube, the sprucing up of the overground has made getting across the city much quicker; another of Hackney’s assets is Victoria Park, a sprawling green space which attracts thousands each summer thanks to music festivals like Lovebox. It’s also surrounded by some of the Hackney’s prettiest homes.

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Must see attractions in Hackney

Victoria Park

360 Victoria Park Road E8
Hackney Empire

291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Regions & Neighbourhoods in Hackney

Hackney
Unsurprisingly, Hackney itself is located in the London Borough of Hackney and is approximately four miles from the city centre. Originally, Hackney was located in a particularly rural part of Eas...
Shoreditch
Less than two and a half miles away from the centre of London, Shoreditch is part of inner city London within the London Borough of Hackney. Interestingly, Shoreditch is famous for being a location wh...
Stoke Newington
Largely defined as the post code area of N16, Stoke Newington is part of the London Borough of Hackney. As well as being a popular commuter region, Stoke Newington is also one of the most diverse dist...
Finsbury Park
Finsbury Park arouses mixed feelings, its proximity to Islington and the huge array of eateries and shops in the area makes it feel cosmopolitan, however it still seems a little suburban at times - th...
Dalston
As Hoxton and Shoreditch become ever more expensive, the cool-hunters have had to move further up the road to Dalston. Home to hipsters and trustafarians, uber-fashionable Dalston suffers from a huge ...
Lower Clapton
Lower Clapton’s proximity to Dalston means that a certain amount of overspill is inevitable; while some are welcoming the new influx of coffee shops with open arms, others are worried that the local...
Kingsland
Although strictly speaking, Kingsland as an area no longer exists, the name remains on the main thoroughfares of Dalston (Kingsland Road, Kingsland High Street) as well as the Dalston Kingsland train ...
Homerton
Despite having been a highly affluent and desirable suburb once upon a time, Homerton is now better known for its poverty and high crime rates. The arrival of the railways, various industries and thei...
De Beauvoir Town
De Beauvoir Town is a highly desirable area as Foxtons estate agents will tell you. But have you ever heard anyone say “I live in De Beauvoir Town”? Probably not, because it’s squeezed in betwee...
Stamford Hill
Stamford Hill in the borough of Hackney has Europe’s biggest population of Hasidic Jews, with over 20,000. While there have been Jewish residents here since the 18th century, it was during the Secon...

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