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 their workers encouraged the wealthy to move out, leaving behind the poorer inhabitants. Its fortune may be looking up however, thanks to the regeneration encouraged by the London Olympics and the renovation of Chats Palace, an arts centre with an eclectic programme of music, comedy, theatre and visual arts. The area is also characterised by attractive Victorian housing and green spaces which mingle with purpose built council buildings. Homerton is also the location of Homerton Hospital, Hackney’s main hospital.
Your All In London guide to Homerton