Squeezed between Shoreditch and Dalston, and almost merged with Hoxton, Haggerston has long been overlooked as a thoroughfare between one east London hotspot and another. It does this slight but packed area of the capital's East End an injustice.
The rejuvenated railway arches of the Overground now play host to a number of excellent eateries and cafés, which are handily in close proximity to pubs both impeccably hip and comfortably ‘EastEnders’ grimy.
Haggerston also offers a great entry point for the Regents Canal towpath, with some popular canal-side cafés and bars popping up. The canal provides easy access to nearby Broadway Market, Angel and the lush greenery of London Fields and Victoria Park. If you're really up for a walk, you can march to Stratford in the east and Camden in the west.
While Dalston might get all the props for night time excursions, gay pub The Glory, the brainchild of drag legend Jonny Woo, provides more than enough queer anarchism and some epic lip syncs to make it a destination. But for more family-friendly fun, enjoy the joyously trippy experience of pigs, goats, cockerels and more marking their territory in Hackney City Farm.
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Premier Inn London Hackney
Located opposite Dalston Junction Train Station, Premier Inn London Hackney provides en suite rooms with a bar and restaurant. This London hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and WiFi access is available.Each room is air-conditioned and has en suite bathroom facilities. There is a flat-screen TV, hairdryer, desk and tea and coffee facilities in all rooms.Premier Inn guests can enjoy a range of hot and cold breakfast options, including bacon, sausages, eggs and hash browns. The menu also includes croissants, fresh fruit, cereals and yoghurts, plus fruit juice, tea and coffee.Less than 5 miles from central London, Premier Inn London Hackney is around 5 minutes’ drive from Shoreditch and is just off the A10 leading to Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath are around 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
This family run hotel may be small in size but it's large on cleanliness, friendliness and high-quality furnishings. It's also in one hell of a good location, nearby to the bars, restaurants and clubs of Dalston, Hoxton and Shoreditch. Little touches such as a kettle, bathrobes, slippers and memory foam mattresses make guests feel comfortable and looked after. An on-site Indian restaurant and 24-hour front desk and free WiFi are welcome additions. Though not in the usual tourist spot, you'll stumble across little gems like Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and the lovely, grade II listed, art deco Rio Cinema. There are decent enough transport links should you wish to explore more of London.
You won't be getting much kip at this hotel which is located next to Hackney Central station and an abundance of restaurants, pubs, unusual bars (think rockabilly gigs held in vintage clothes stores and raunchy cabaret in an old Working men's club) and you're just 300 metres from Hackney Empire theatre. Each of the air-conditioned bedrooms offers either an en-suite or shared shower. Bedrooms have a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and storage space. A selection of the larger rooms offer a seating area and the studios feature a fully equipped kitchen. The hotel includes a 24-hour front desk. If, by chance, the sun comes out, soak it with a beer at Victoria Park (1.2 miles away), while sporty types might want to check out a match at Emirates Stadium (2.5 miles away) or you can be in the rush and bustle of Oxford Street within 30 minutes.