Haggerston area guide

Keep busy in east London with our guide to Haggerston's best attractions, pubs, hotels, restaurants and bars.

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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Things to do in Haggerston

Regent's Canal
Things to do

Regent's Canal

Haggerston is the perfect entry point for a stroll along the canal, with a number of spots to eat along the way. 

Clowns Gallery-Museum London
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Clowns Gallery-Museum London

A small gallery displaying photographs, props and costumes from some of Britain's most famous clowns. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Draughts
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Draughts

A bar and café with more than 500 board games both old and new available to play at customers' leisure.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Seventeen
Art

Seventeen

A modern gallery space that hosts regular exhibitions of contemporary art, artist discussions and films. 

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Bars and pubs in Haggerston

The Glory
Nightlife

The Glory

A new bar and venue co-opened by drag legend Jonny Woo. The Glory will host everything from cabaret to performance to DJ nights. There's a bar for casual drinks and a disco room downstairs for dancing and other events.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Fox
Bars and pubs

Fox

Until recently, the reveller on their way up to the more fashionable nightspots of Dalston could have passed the Fox right by. No more – it’s another boozer that has had decline reversed by new owners with a real interest in beer, and a straightforward approach to the provision of food. The pub’s been opened up and stripped back inside, and looks prepared for the crowds, with a lot of floor space. The addendum ‘craft beer house’ has been applied to the title, leaving us in no doubt what to expect to see behind the bar. We’re told there are ‘about 44’ bottled beers: not the biggest selection in town, but it’s well-chosen. There are brews from Kernel and Bristol Beer Factory, a good few Belgians, and from the US, Goose Island and the fabulous Odell. And on the eight draught pumps is a rotating selection from brewers such as Scottish Hillfoots’ Harviestoun and the rarely bettered Thornbridge in Bakewell. Along with Dark Star (also represented) they create some of the most exciting British cask ale around. A menu lists good bar snacks, such as ‘pork belly bits’, or meat pasty. Another good thing: it means drinkers don’t have to choose between food that comes in packets or a sit-down meal. There is more substantial fare too though, and roasts on a Sunday. We had a potted mackerel which, although a simple test, showed the chefs know what they’re doing. Another nice feature of the Fox is its refurbed roof terrace, which is decked and embellished with flowers. It’s not huge, but

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Proud Archivist
Restaurants

Proud Archivist

It’s unsettling to walk along the Regent’s Canal towpath to find loiterers grinning at you – until, that is, you’re close enough to see the quality of their funk-goth nail polish, admire the luxuriance of their bandido moustaches and be warmed by their solar-flare strength hospitality, for they are this new bar-café’s greeters.The Proud Archivist seems out of scale with its setting, and buzzes with dressed-down fashionables. A short brunch menu of pumpkin hash or pancakes with maple syrup and caramelised apples was being prepared in an open kitchen on our weekend visit. Drinks covered an appealing range, from lattes to mulled wines and ciders.The food wasn’t yet up to the mark: only the cucumber of the trio of trendy pickles that accompanied our sausage bagel had any bite, while a fragment of shell was found in our eggs florentine. Still, we’ll return for an events programme that runs from ‘wine clinic’ to a performance by legendary guitarist John Etheridge. Weekdays: Breakfast 8-11.30am. Lunch noon-3.30pm. Dinner 6-10pm. Weekends: Brunch 8am-4pm; Dinner 6-10pm.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
2 out of 5 stars
Shep’s
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Shep’s

Dojo meets bar at Shep’s: a cocktail joint with a Korean food menu that’s kicking ass on Kingsland Road. It’s been opened by James ‘Shep’ Shepherd, a barman who’s branched out from Pamela a few doors up the road. He obviously knows the area’s night owls well, as this bar looks the complete part. It’s so pared-back it’s practically naked, lit by globular bulbs that droop over slick leather seats so snug you’re forced to get up-close and personal with your drinking companions. It’s painfully cool. We were seated in a nook in a rear room that seemed to attract its fair share of couples divvying up small plates (or banchan in Korean, as they’re called on the menu) and bottles of wine. They looked at ease like they were already regulars – and if this was my local I’d be a regular for the cocktails alone. There are just five house creations to choose from, with just one of them inspired by Korea. So I knocked back a smooth and bittersweet grapefruit negroni, then tried to steal my friend’s Old Boy, made from apricot-infused whisky, rosemary syrup and bitters, a sprig of rosemary tickling the nose. It tasted like sweet medicine on a drizzly evening. They also offer to whip up all the classics at the bar, as well as serving soju by the glass and South Korean Hite lager by the bottle. Bar snacks included puffed pig’s skin in togarashi salt – crackling that was tough to chew and fiery on the tongue. Delicious barbecue quails’ wings only provided a few morsels of sticky meat. But a st

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Haggerston

Rotorino
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Rotorino

A laidback eatery up there with some of the best modern Italian restaurants in London.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Berber & Q
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Berber & Q

A Middle Eastern grillhouse that stands out for its cool factor and quality food. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Tonkotsu East
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Tonkotsu East

For a big bowl of comfort food in east London, this noodle joint fills more than just a hole in the wall.  

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
3 out of 5 stars
Chick 'n' Sours
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Chick 'n' Sours

Serving a mixture of traditional fried chicken a fried chicken with Asian flavours, with added cocktails. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Haggerston

Premier Inn London Hackney

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.

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Travelodge London Hackey Hotel
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Travelodge London Hackey Hotel

Avo Hotel

Avo 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.   

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Kip

Kip

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. 

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The perfect weekend in Haggerston

Brunch: Towpath
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Brunch: Towpath

This canal-side café is the ultimate brunch spot, offering not just great food but perfect people watching. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Play: Draughts
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Play: Draughts

Grab a drink and partake in some epic board game action with over 500 games available to play.  

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Party: The Glory
Nightlife

Party: The Glory

East London's most anarchic drag and cabaret bar also has a disco basement for boogieing the weekend away.    

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Explore: Hackney City Farm
Attractions

Explore: Hackney City Farm

Pop into this urban farm for some wholesome fun with the animals, perfect for Sunday stroll. 

Users say
4 out of 5 stars

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