Hackney area guide

Find the best restaurants, shops, pubs and things to do in Hackney – peruse the markets, explore the café scene and discover what there is to see and do in the area

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There's plenty to heart in Hackney, where high art and edgy innovation meet. There are flavours to savour from its lip-smacking restaurants, not to mention world-class coffees (Square Mile coffee beans, anyone?). Quirky, scruffy, sleek or hip – the area's bars and pubs suit whatever taste you're packing, as do its diversions (you're seriously spoilt for things to do). And if money's still burning a hole, Hackney's shops and markets sell temptation by the truckload, from vintage fabrics and designer must-haves to rare meats and artisanal bread.

What's your idea of Hackney heaven? Let us know.

Bars and pubs in Hackney

Wenlock Arms

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice
  1. 26 Wenlock Road, N1 7TA
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Hackney Plough

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 23-25 Homerton High St, E8 6JP
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L'Entrepôt

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 230 Dalston Lane, E8 1LA
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Oslo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. Amhurst Road, E8 1LL
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Things to do in Hackney

Broadway Market

For east London’s fashionably attired food-lovers, there's no better Saturday destination than Broadway Market. Quaint cafés, pubs and indie music shops line the street, but the real star here is the market. 

  1. Broadway Market, E8 4PH
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Hackney Empire

Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Marie Lloyd all trod Hackney's boards during its time as a music hall. It's since been used as a television studio and, rather quaintly, as a bingo hall, before opening as a theatre proper in 1986. Today, it's a much-loved East End institution.

  1. 291 Mare St, E8 1EJ
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Space

Set up in 1968 by artists Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgely and Peter Townsend to support artists living and working in London, Space runs artists studios, residencies, programmes for young people, courses, workshops and events. 

  1. The Triangle 129-131 Mare St, E8 3RH
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Village Green

Anyone who attended a Netil House rave a couple of years ago would be astonished to see the old office block off London Fields in its current state – with gleaming pilates studio, rooftop bar, sought-after creative studios and thriving adjacent market. 

  1. The Village Greeen, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
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Restaurants in Hackney

Rotorino

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 432-434 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA
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Advisory

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 161 Mare St, E8 3RH
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Lardo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  1. 197 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ
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Green Papaya

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  1. 191 Mare Street, E8 3QE
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Andrew Holder
Andrew Holder

I used to shop and browse in Stoke Newington back in the 70s and 90s to see the Sight and sounds of Hackney

Andrew Holder
Andrew Holder

I used to shop and browse in Stoke Newington back in the 70s and 90s to see the Sight and sounds of Hackney

hackneyophile
hackneyophile

Your entry re Netil Market is wrong. What you describe is the Broadway Market overspill, which is in the London Fields primary School yard and is called the Broadway Schoolyard market. I've noticed the same mistake in your magazine articles.

Netil360
Netil360

Like Netil market? Just off of Broadway Market? Then come to the "coolest" bar in town. Netil360... up on the rooftop, a festival of tents and tipis and yurts, live music, craft, Dj hot cocktails ..... www.netil360.com

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