Hackney City Farm
Time Out says
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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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.
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!!!:)
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!
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.
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
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.