Home to the 2012 Olympic Games, Hackney is a diverse and multicultural area that has undergone significant regeneration in recent years. Located northeast of the City of London, Hackney offers a wealth of opportunities for people visiting the area. Home to a fantastic range of parks and open spaces covering 815 acres, Hackney is officially London’s greenest borough. Core to the regeneration programme, Hackneys transport links have been improved in recent years with the introduction of the East London extension line within the borough, linking parts of Hackney with the underground network. With this regeneration has come a stream of property investments and developments with the borough being host to a large range of Georgian and Victorian terrace properties.
A History of Hackney
Hackney has a rich and fascinating history that dates back as far as the Saxon times. As we know it today, Hackney was formed in 1965, from the former metropolitan boroughs of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. Going back to the Tudor and Georgian periods, Hackney was a rural retreat, but with the construction of the railway and the industrial revolution in 1850, this came to an end and the area became urbanised.
Eating and Drinking in Hackney
While in Hackney, you are not limited for choice when it comes to eating and drinking as the borough has a vast array of restaurants and bars to please everyone.
A few notable restaurants include:
The Empress of India located on 130 Lauriston Road E97LH. This establishment boasts an impressive menu with quality produce from the restaurants neighbourhood suppliers.
The Cat and Mutton located at 76 Broadway Market E84QL, has been a fixture in London’s east end since the late 1600s and is a popular and well regarded establishment of Hackney.
The Buen Ayre located at 50 Broadway Market, E84QJ, is an Argentinian Grill. With the emphasis on huge meat platters, this restaurant is sure to not disappoint.
Things to do in Hackney
There is no shortage of things to do in Hackney. From browsing the stalls of Broadway Market to swimming at London Fields Lido, Hackney provides a range of activities that can be enjoyed by everyone. Officially being London’s greenest borough, Hackney is the place to go to when the weather is good. With bounds of lush green parks and outside space, Hackney is the perfect place for a fun day out.
London Fields offers far more than just a stroll in the open air. Facilitating for a range of sports, London Fields makes outdoor swimming a possibility in Hackney with the 50m open-aired heated pool, tennis courts and a cricket pitch. A perfect place to bring children, London Fields also has 2 children’s play areas.
Bringing the community of Hackney together is Clissold Park, located just north of Church Street. Voted ‘The Heart of Hackney’ in the ‘I love Hackney’ poll, this is a beautifully laid out public space that provides the local community and visitors of Hackney with a range of activities including a petting zoo, a range of sports pitches and ‘Stokefest’, a popular community festival in the summer.
As Hackney is one of the most culturally diverse areas in Europe, Hackney museum explores the background to Hackneys cultural diversity and the boroughs historyof immigration is explained through a range of exhibits and media. Some of the museums artefacts include a propaganda sheet from Nazi Germany, Daniel Defoe’s tombstone and a Victorian fireplace.
Originally built as a music hall in 1901, Hackney Empire has hosted the performances of many famous names over the years including Charlie Chaplain, WC Fields and Stanley Holloway. Closing in 2001 and undergoing a £17 million refurbishment, Hackney Empire is the place to go to for arts and entertainment, hosting a range of drama, comedy and music events.
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