Hackney City Farm

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Nestled on the busy throughway between Broadway Market and Columbia Road, Hackney City Farm has become a fashionable stop-off for ambling weekend marketgoers, thanks in a large part to its Italian café deli Frizzante, serving hungry Hackney folk fresh seasonal Mediterranean cooking and tasty farm breakfasts. The café may be a big draw but the rest of the farm is thriving with happy animals, a pottery studio and garden. The farm is a vital community hub with a vegetable box collection scheme for locals and courses on low-impact living and beekeeping. There is even a bike repair and service centre, so you can cycle your veg home.

Venue name: Hackney City Farm
Address: 1
Goldsmiths Row
E2 8QA
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
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Ros A

I had no idea Hackney City Farm existed but I love creatures of all kinds so when we walked past, I had to pop in. It's a very small farmyard, and there are a handful of animals: pigs, donkeys, a few chickens and some goats. It doesn't appear to have a great deal of land but the animals are kept in good nick and clearly do get outside in the small field sometimes. Certainly worth popping your head in just to say hi to the lovely donkeys, who are too cute for words. It's certainly not the best city farm I've been to in London just because it's a bit small and it would be better to see the animals roaming in a bit more space, but such is city life and the animals seem happy (like this fairly enormous pig).