London/Hackney

Clissold Park

Hackney is a district of London.

Understand

Hackney staged some of the events during the 2012 London Summer Olympics such as hockey in the Lea Valley Arena as well as hosting the world's media with many of the big events happening in the nearby Olympic Stadium and VeloPark. This was a hot spot for tourists and locals alike during the action.

Hackney has diverse population and the area has undergone massive regeneration in recent decades. Hackney is now very fashionable with a thriving arts scene in the south of the district for example.

In the far north of the district near Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill is the centre of the Hassidic and Adeni Jewish communities in London and the largest in Europe. A visit here certainly provides a very different cultural experience to anywhere else in Britain.

Hackney is also known for its wide open green spaces such as Hackney Marshes,(home of 88 football pitches) being the most notable and known as the spiritual home of grass roots soccer in the UK.

Get in

By bus

Hackney is well served by buses from all over the capital, with the routes converging on Hackney Central, Dalston and Stoke Newington. Bus routes serving Hackney include the 30, 38, 48, 55, 56, 67, 76, 106, 149, 242, 243, 253, 254, 277 and 488.

By train

The London Overground network has stations at Hackney Central, Dalston Junction, Dalston Kingsland, Haggerston, Hoxton, Homerton and Hackney Wick.

National Express East Anglia run rail services from Liverpool Street to a number of stations in Hackney, with the principal station on the line being Hackney Downs.

By tube

There are no stations in the district but northern parts can be easily reached from Manor House and Finsbury Park stations (both Piccadily line).

Get around

The best way to get around the borough is to walk or get buses. The many parks and green spaces dotted around make Hackney much nicer to walk around than its inner London location would suggest.

See

Landmarks

Parks

Museums

Galleries

The River Lea at Hackney Marshes

Do

Buy

Shopping centres & markets

Eat

Stoke Newington (Church Street), Broadway market and, more recently, Hackney Central, have a variety of gastropubs. There are many great Turkish and Asian restaurants on Kingsland Road. To the south of Mare Street there are a great number of very reasonable Vietnamese restaurants. Some also have the bonus of being able to bring your own alcohol, which brings down cost considerably.

Budget

Mid-range

Drink

Sleep

Stay safe

Despite its reputation as a dangerous place, it is relatively safe provided you're careful. Most violent crime occurs amongst the gangs in the rougher parts of the borough. Stick to commercial areas where there will be lots of people. Keep away from housing estates as some can be very dangerous. Hackney Wick and some of the surrounding areas should be avoided. Hackney becomes much more dangerous at night, and it would be highly foolish to go out walking alone. There is heavy youth presence in the borough, so if you are there at night, don't go alone.

Go next

Routes through Hackney

END Islington ← East London Line  N  S  East London Line → East End South London
Camden Islington ← North London Line  W  E  North London Line → East London END


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