Overview

Discover the transformation of Hackney, once considered Britain’s least desirable place to live, to a gem within the Sunday Times Best Places to Live. This transformation, occurring at an astonishing pace, has shifted perceptions dramatically. Hackney has become a beacon of urban revival, with its blend of historical charm and contemporary buzz.

Recent years have seen significant investments in cultural and social amenities, such as the reopening of London Fields Lido, the introduction of a Picturehouse cinema, and the rejuvenation of the Hackney Empire. These enhancements, alongside the influx of new bars, restaurants, and gastropubs, signal a bright future for Hackney. The borough boasts quaint, village-like neighborhoods within walking distance from the town center, such as Chatsworth Road and Victoria Park Village, known for their independent shops and strong community spirit. The 2012 Olympics played a pivotal role in Hackney’s rebirth, leaving behind improved transport connections, housing, and educational facilities. With its rich architecture, expansive green spaces, and vibrant street life, Hackney now stands as a symbol of urban cool and charm.

Fact File

  • Historical Insight: The term ‘hackney coach’ first appeared in 1621, referring to carriages that transported London’s gentry to Hackney. Today, hackney cabs continue this legacy as London’s iconic black taxis.
  • Mermaid Fabrics: This establishment on Mare Street is named after the historic Mermaid Inn, a 17th-century venue celebrated by diarist Samuel Pepys for its leisure offerings.
  • Literary Heritage: Joseph Conrad penned “Heart of Darkness” while convalescing from tropical fever at the German Hospital on Dalston Lane, highlighting Hackney’s cultural depth.

Architecture and Property

Hackney’s architectural heritage spans from Tudor estates and Georgian architecture to Victorian terraces, reflecting its evolution from rural villages to an industrial hub. Notable landmarks include the medieval St Augustine’s tower and the Edwardian Arts and Crafts Navarino Mansions. Post-war development and Olympic-led regeneration have diversified Hackney’s housing stock, offering everything from modern apartments to restored Georgian and Victorian homes. The area’s real estate continues to attract attention, offering potential for both investment and renovation projects.

Going Out

Eating

Hackney’s culinary scene is as diverse as its population, featuring everything from traditional Vietnamese and Turkish eateries to trendy spots like Lardo. Broadway Market and its surrounding areas buzz with food stalls and restaurants catering to every palate.

Drinking

The local pub scene has undergone significant revamps, providing a mix of traditional and modern spots for enjoying craft beers and classic British meals. Highlights include The Old Ship and the Cat & Mutton, with Bar Oslo becoming a weekend nightlife staple.

Culture & Arts

Hackney Empire leads a vibrant arts scene, supported by fringe venues and the Hackney Picturehouse. The borough’s commitment to arts and culture is further underscored by its proximity to the London College of Fashion.

Heritage

Hackney’s history is preserved and celebrated through open days at St Augustine’s Tower and events at Sutton House, inviting exploration and discovery of its rich past.

Amenities

Hackney offers comprehensive amenities from 24-hour supermarkets to local markets like Broadway Market, providing a blend of convenience and community-centric shopping. Recreational facilities range from the London Fields Lido to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, catering to a wide array of fitness and leisure activities. The borough’s green spaces, including Victoria Park and Hackney Marshes, offer urban oases for relaxation and outdoor enjoyment.

Changing Times

Driven by a dynamic mix of new residents, long-standing communities, and forward-thinking governance, Hackney continues to evolve. The ongoing estate regeneration projects stand as a testament to the borough’s commitment to sustainable development and community well-being.

Transport

Hackney’s transport network offers efficient connectivity to central London and beyond, with comprehensive Overground, train, and bus services. Cycling has become increasingly popular, supported by scenic routes and dedicated infrastructure. The borough’s strategic location also provides easy access to City and Stansted airports, facilitating travel.

Education

The transformation of Hackney’s educational landscape, spearheaded by the Hackney Learning Trust, has led to notable improvements in local schooling options. The borough now boasts a diverse range of educational institutions, from nurseries to academies, reflecting its commitment to fostering learning and development.

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