Hackney City Farm

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The ever-popular Hackney City Farm was previously the site of a brewery. Some say it’s haunted. One volunteer claims to have seen an eerie shadow in the main building during a lambing-season sleepover, and was so spooked that he took refuge in the pigsty. No wonder the place is haunted; it’s been the scene of a tragedy of Sophoclean proportions. Gregory the goose killed his own father shortly after he was born. When his mother later died, Gregory sank into a depression. Other notable residents include Little Sheep, a survivor of the Foot and Mouth epidemic. The farm’s animals rule the local roost; new tenants in nearby flats sign a declaration that they won’t complain about the nocturnal racket.

The farm is a vital community hub with a vegetable box collection scheme for locals, there are even water plants growing in a steel tub which was used by surgeons to wash their hands at the now-closed Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children next door.

Twice-weekly pottery classes are suitable for all ability levels, and mosaic classes could come in handy if you smash your creation. Have a bite at the yummy Italian café or drop by the farm shop for fresh eggs. Miriam Bouteba 

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Goldsmiths Row
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E2 8QA
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tastemaker

What a cute central farm! I enjoyed walking through Hackney City Farm on a Saturday afternoon- although it's small it offers a great area to pet pigs and cuddle goats. By having a city farm like this one, it enables you to breathe and escape the rustle and bustle of London city.

tastemaker

One of the things I love about London is it's diversity. You can stroll between 30 story buildings and a few minute walk away you find yourself in the countryside . This place helps you to leave the city behind without leaving zone 1.


Hackney City Farm is a charming place with high level of cuteness. The environment is lovely, the cafe's atmosphere makes you feel home (it has nice range of healty food and drink choices available) and of course the animals are adorable. Growing up I spent lot of time on farms (so I'm familiar with the setting), but even I lost my cool watching a sneezing goat and the piglets. YOU HAVE TO SEE THE PIGLETS!!!


So why visit:

  •  it recharges you instantly (peace, nature etc.)
  • it needs your support (the farm serves a lot of purposes from education to community building)
  • THEY HAVE PIGLETS!!!:)
Tastemaker

What's not to love about a city farm. Free? Check. Pigs? Check. Free roaming chickens? Check. Sheep? Check. Double check to see if the pigs are still there? Check! Close to hipstertown? CHECK! We came here on a Saturday afternoon to soak up some sunshine and say hello to the animals. There was plenty of things happening at the farm, and a quick look on the board showed quite a few events in the pipeline, including Thursday evenings of music at the cafe. And a stone's throw away from Broadway Market, you are close to epic food in case nothing at the cafe strikes your fancy. 


I think it's important to visit (and donate) to these farms, as they play a vital role in the communities in which they reside. I highly recommend going to this or any one of the city farms in London. 

Tastemaker

Having grown up in the countryside, practically on a farm, this isn't exactly a novel experience for me, but it is a fun way to dip into a little bit of countryside in the middle of London - especially if you're missing that countryside scent of animal excrement or the sound of chickens. But the lack of novelty for me isn't the reason I think this place is only worthy of 2 stars - it's actually the lack of manners from one of the members of staff my friends and I encountered the other day. We had wandered in from Columbia Road market with a few refreshing glasses of very weak Pimms and rather than asking politely that we finish them before wandering into the farm, she loudly shamed us for drinking at all, acting as though we'd stumbled in smashed off our faces brandishing a vodka bottle. Considering there is a bar serving alcohol on sight, it seemed incredibly hypocritical of her to make us feel bad for enjoying a drink on a hot Sunday afternoon. We decided to leave rather than give the donations to the farm we had all begun to reach for. There are ways of politely requesting certain behaviours from people, and not taking drinks onto the farm is understandable, but her rudeness was simply out of order. I'd hate to have someone like her representing my organisation and I probably won't bother returning.

tastemaker

Hackney City Farm is a wonderful escape away from the hustle and bustle of nearby Columbia Road Flower Market and Brick Lane. Nestled in Haggerston Park, and not easily missed, this farm really is a special sight to see. Lots of animals are there, most of which are your 'go to' when singing Old McDonald Had a Farm - pigs, sheep, chickens and a donkey is what I saw when I popped down! Most of them are pretty tame and some actually run up for a little scratch. The smell of this farm brings you back to nature and if you're feeling overwhelmed by the London city life, and find yourself in the area, stopping by the farm will cure what ails you!

tastemaker

Amazing place! You easily forget you are only few minutes away from the busy brick lane and shoreditch. The restaurant serves delicious food and if you come early, you can buy organic eggs. Amazing for Sunday afternoons.

tastemaker
Short walk from all the other go-to destinations like- London fields and Colombia flower market, there is a little oasis with animals, that makes you forget that you are living in a big city where having an animal is a luxury.

I can’t imagine anything better to brighten up your day, rather than spending some time in the sun observing animals playing around.
Last time I went, there were baby goats chilling in the sun and cuddling up to momma goat. Cuteness overload.
The only thing to make things better would be the petting animal area….  :D
tastemaker

Nestled away in east London hackney city farm is one of those surprise hidden gems in the big city. I've been a couple of times and am always surprised that you can feel like you're in the middle of the country in the centre of London. Hackney city farm has a great selection of animals, many more than Vauxhall farm, so it is defiantly a half day out for a family. The cafe on site also does good food, so the farm has everything you'd need. If it's a sunny day in London and you're looking for something different to do, I'd definitely recommend taking a walk down.

Tastemaker

What a wonderful way to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon! Yesterday I went to London Fields and Columbia Flower Market with some friends visiting me from abroad, and while walking towards Brick Lane we bumped into Hackney City Farm. 


We were so surprised to see a farm in the middle of London, and we had so much fun! We could see piglets (oh dear, they were so cute!), chickens, lambs, donkeys, goats...it was so cool! There were a lot of families and obviously it's an amazing place for kids, especially city kids who don't get to see these animals this close. The animals are quite free to move around and they seem pretty happy :)


There's also a nice restaurant/cafe but we didn't get to try it. Food smelled amazing, and I think it must be as they grow veggies and I think they use their animal's products. Very cool place to go!

Tastemaker

My favourite of the city farms, it's tucked away in a beautiful little location, but with space to house a wide enough range of animals to keep things interesting. There is a really nice cafe and herb garden on-site too. It's only a short walk from Bethnal Green Tube or Broadway market (market operates Saturday) and Columbia Road (flower market Sunday) so perfect to twin with a trip to either.

Tastemaker

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). 

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