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Rock stars, designer outlets and the perfect cuppa: it's the heady heights of Homerton

By Time Out London contributor

Homerton, the final frontier for gentrification in Hackney, boasts bars, food and culture.

Why go there?

Because it's the last place you can go to in Hackney where you can sip on a craft beer and legitimately refer to the area as 'gritty'.

What's the vibe?

Designer outlets attract those who usually wouldn't venture this far into darkest east London, while the local music studios are making sure the hipsters stay put. The White Stripes recorded 'Elephant' at Glyn Road's Toe Rag Studios, and Sound Savers on Sedgwick Street has brought in acts including Sauna Youth, Mazes and, rumour has it, The Ordinary Boys.

Designer shopping in one of London's poorest boroughs, eh?

Yeah, yeah, we know, but you can certainly drop some cash while you're in Homerton. On Chatham Place and Morning Lane you'll find Aquascutum, Burberry, Pringle and Anya Hindmarch outlets, all with significant discounts.


So it's on the up. Does that mean I can get a flat white?

Of course. Hatch (Mackintosh Lane) has workspaces and various pop-up food ventures to try in addition to its drinks. Caffeine connoisseurs should go to The Wash in Well Street, which sells a variety of artisanal roasts as well as the paraphernalia to make the perfect cuppa at home.

Where is there to eat?

Well Street Kitchen (Well Street) is a fancy caff with a menu that includes bacon baps alongside smashed avocados on toast. Eat 17 (Brooksby's Walk) – above the newly trendified Spar supermarket – is Grace Dent- approved, while Goppa' Pizzeria (Homerton High Street) serves fine Italian fare and is a favourite among locals.

Jackdaw & Star

Speaking of locals, where can I get a drink?

The residents of Homerton certainly value their pubs – The Chesham Arms (Mehetabel Road) and The Prince Edward (Wick Road) have both recently been awarded Asset of Community Value status. On the high street, The Jackdaw & Star has a good selection of local brews. Or if you prefer a cocktail, head over to Brooksby's Walk, a new rooftop bar and restaurant that's opened for the summer.

Sutton House

And if I only do one thing?

Pay a visit to Sutton House (Homerton High Street), a Tudor-era building that runs the odd ghost tour. And if you've got kids with you, they won't forgive you if your visit doesn't include a stop at the Homerton Adventure Playground on Wardle Street.

By Sarah Drumm, who can be found hanging out on the streets of Homerton looking for a rock-star husband.

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