Hackney Area Guide
The London Borough of Hackney is situated in the east of London and is a London borough in Inner London. It is 4 miles or 6.4 km northeast of Charing Cross.
Hackney is a large district, whose long-established boundaries encompass the sub-districts of Homerton, Dalston, De Beauvoir Town, Upper and Lower Clapton, Stamford Hill, Hackney Central, Hackney Wick, South Hackney and West Hackney. The area is very diverse and multicultural.
The historical and administrative heart of Hackney is Mare Street, which is a busy and bustling local shopping street. Hackney has a bustling street life that transcends its reputation. It has been transformed in recent years from one of London’s least-loved boroughs to one of its most desirable.
This has been reflected in the steady increase in house price rises during that time. The area has seen much re-generation over the years; however, it was the arrival of the Olympic Games in 2012 that helped the borough help achieve its existing transport links, upgraded housing, and new schools. A renovated Hackney Empire entertainment venue, a new library and a Picture house multiplex cinema has also elevated the area even further.
Hackney has a real life of its own with its bustling street life, thrilling clubs, bars, gastropubs, restaurants, music venues and theatres. The Hackney Empire theatre shows world class shows, and the area supports several fringe venues including The Yard. The London College of Fashion is also in the area. It also has a thriving Flower market on Columbia Road and Broadway Market hosts an all-day food and antique market. Hackney is now very fashionable with a thriving arts scene.
London’s first luxury outlet district, Hackney Walk along Morning Lane, has turned Hackney Central into one of London’s top tourist attractions. Hackney is also home to the London Fields Lido. An outdoor 50m Olympic size swimming pool. It is also known for its wide-open spaces including, Hackney Marshes which is home to 88 football pitches.