London area of Hackney guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Hackney neighbourhood

This area is usually labelled as one of the poorer ends of London, but Hackney has a bustling street life that transcends its reputation. With no Tube station and few hotels nearby, Hackney has a real life of its own and the thrilling clubs, bars, music venues and theatres attract talented people from all over the world looking for a place in London where their skills will be appreciated. Hackney Empire is the greatest survivor of the cockney Music Hall tradition and has the best and most raucous pantomime in London every Christmas. Stoke Newington Church Street offers eclectic array of specialist shops, cafes and ethnic restaurants. London’s art scene, pushed out of Hoxton by rising prices, has settled into the area around Dalston, where Victorian warehouses have become galleries, studios and squats for rising stars.

See our recommended nearby Hackney Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Hackney Hotels

in or near Hackney
The RE London Shoreditch Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
419 to 437 Hackney Road, E2
This hotel is modern, clean and very convenient if you want to explore the sights and bright lights of trendy Shoreditch. Although close to the City, ... More
 
 
 
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
Patriot Square, E2
The Town Hall building in Bethnal Green has been beautifully restored creating a unique designer hotel which fuses old and new. With a mix of bedrooms, ... More
 
 
 
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
100 Shoreditch High Street, E1
Hip US hotel group Ace hotels arrived in Shoreditch in September 2013, expanding from their US sites to add a London outpost. The property has transformed ... More
 
 
 

Hackney Events

in or near Hackney
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Broadway Market
London > Events > Shopping
Broadway Market, East London, Hackney, London E8
Broadway is a great little market that is expanding rapidly and enjoys a tremendous reputation. Hidden gems are the Marissa V clothing stall and Kate Garwood ... More
 
 
 
Mister Sunday
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London E2
Dance and techno courtesy of Eamon Harkin and Mister Saturday Night.... More
 
 
 
Morning Gloryville ~ Rave Your Way Into The Day! #26
London > Events > Dance
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London E2
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Hackney Entertainment

in or near Hackney
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Netil House
London > Entertainment > 1-7 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8
A stone's throw from London Fields, Netil House is home to 94 creative studios, a market, gallery and Netil360, a rooftop space with wonderful 360-degree views ... More
 
 
 
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Oval Space
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London E2
Oval Space is a multi-use arts and events space with 6,000 square feet of space in Bethnal Green in East London with stunning views over the ... More
 
 
 
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Backyard Bar & Kitchen
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
231 Cambridge Heath Road, Hackney, London E2
The famous Backyard Comedy Club, one of East London's hottest comedy spots, was originally opened in 2000 by comedian Lee Hurst. In 2004 the comedian ran ... More
 
 
 

Hackney Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Hackney
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The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History
London > Attractions > Museums
11 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8
Viktor Wynd launched his Little Shop of Horrors in 2009 and in 2014 it re-opened as a museum of rare and priceless marvels of the natural ... More
 
 
 
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Vyner Street Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
21-23 Vyner Street, Hackney, London E2
The remnants of its former use as an old industrial area are still visible on Vyner Street. But, in recent years, it has become a hotbed ... More
 
 
 
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Fred London
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
45 Vyner Street, Hackney, London E2
Set up by Fred Mann, former director of the Milch gallery, Fred London specialises in contemporary art and musical collaborations. Fred Mann has had a mixed ... More
 
 
 

Hackney Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Hackney
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Rebel Rebel
London > Shopping > Florists
5 Broadway Market, Hackney, Hackney, London E8
Rebel Rebel is a flower shop and event design business based in Broadway Market in the East End. Specialising in flowers and dressing for corporate events ... More
 
 
 
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Broadway Market
London > Shopping > Markets
East London, Hackney, London E8
Broadway is a great little market that is expanding rapidly and enjoys a tremendous reputation. It's worth the trip down there as there's a tremendous variety ... More
 
 
 
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King & Queen of Bethnal Green
London > Shopping > Clothing
41 Temple Street, Hackney, London E2
When one reader, Barbara Buchanan, came across this gorgeous vintage and fashion boutique she wanted to pass on the shopping tip. "I have used your recommendations ... More
 
 
 

Hackney Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Hackney London?
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This Bright Field
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
268 Cambridge Heath Road, Hackney, London E2
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Il Cudega
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
Arch 358 Westgate Street, Hackney, London E8
Il Cudega co-owners Luca and Giovanni, childhood friends from the small hamlet of Carimate near Lake Como, bring slow food from Lombardy to a railway arch ... More
 
 
 
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Bistrotheque
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
23 - 27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2
For minimalist warehouse chic in the middle of the East End head down to this converted factory. Its whiteness, high ceiling and hanging lights (not too ... More
 
 
 

Hackney Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Hackney.
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The Cat & Mutton
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
76 Broadway, Hackney, London E8
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The Dove
London > Nightlife > Pubs
24 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8
Award winning Hackney stalwart The Dove is a wonderful traditional pub on Broadway Market and sister pub to hidden Clerkenwell gem, The Dovetail. A great place ... More
 
 
 
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The Approach
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
47 Approach Road, Hackney, London E2
A good pub which supports young boxers from the area and is a favourite among the locals, with a jolly atmosphere and a fine selection of ... More
 
 
 

Hackney Nightlife

Hackney clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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London Fields Brewery
London > Nightlife > Bars
365-366 Warburton St, Hackney, London E8
Located under the railway arches beside London Fields in Hackney, the London Fields Brewery opened in 2011 and was inspired by the drought of craft beer ... More
 
 
 
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PortSide Parlour
London > Nightlife > Bars
Off Broadway, 63-65 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8
If rum is your tipple of choice, then PortSide Parlour is the place to quench your thirst. Located in an underground bar beneath Off Broadway on ... More
 
 
 
Bar Baran
London > Nightlife > Bars
50 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8
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Hackney Leisure

Hackney gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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York Hall Leisure Centre
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
5-15 Old Ford Road, Hackney, London E2
York Hall Leisure Centre in Bethnal Green includes a gym, day spa, 33-metre swimming pool, Turkish bath and offers a wide range of exercise classes but ... More
 
 
 
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spa LONDON
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
York Hall Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road, Hackney, London E2
Bethnal Green's former Turkish baths have been refurbished and turned into a spa complete with aroma steam rooms and a plunge pool. Spa LONDON is run ... More
 
 
 
Holistic Health
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
64 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8
Health Clinic... More
 
 
 

Hackney Education

in or near Hackney
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Four Corners
London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Hackney, London E2
For 30 years Four Corners has been training, producing and supporting the full range of film and photographic requirements. Services on offer include filmmaking facilities and ... More
 
 
 
Trans-Atlantic College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
45 Vyner Street, Bethnal Green, Hackney, London E2
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Hackney Student Support
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
The Learning Trust, 1 Reading Lane, Hackney, London E8
Student support ... More
 
 
 

Hackney Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Hackney.
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Bistrotheque
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2
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The Triangle E8
London > Business > Venue Hire
129 - 131 Mare St, Hackney, Hackney, London E8
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