Homerton is one of those areas in London where you'll hear people muttering: 'oh, hasn't it changed?!', or: 'it's completely irrecognisable', or even: 'I remember when all this used to be fields' (which, incidentally, it did). Gentrification moves quickly in these parts. These parts being, broadly speaking - Chatsworth Road, Well Street, Morning Lane and their surrounding areas.
E9 has definitely seen a whirlwind of change over the last couple of years. Once a rather down-at-heel destination, it now boasts a growing café scene, and pubs and restaurants aplenty. Bizarrely, it's also home to Hackney's first luxury fashion district (or 'hub' as they'd rather call it). Here's our pick of the best things to do, eat, drink and hunt down in Homerton.
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The best things to do in Homerton
Restaurants in Homerton
Well Street Kitchen
A highly loved local café-deli that adds oodles of charm to the market street it resides in. The modest space contains a few chess-board-chequered tables to sit at and opens for breakfast and lunch daily, with weekend dinner openings throughout summer. As well as a cuppa and a croissant, visitors can sit down to a full English, breakfast baps, hearty brunches, soups, sandwiches and a few more adventurous specials. They also host the odd supper club here and there's always an exhibition by independent artists brightening up the walls.
Bars and pubs in Homerton
Jackdaw and Star
This Homerton pub is from the company that also runs The Star of Bethnal Green. They stock craft beers including two from the Camden Brewery as well as the even-more-locally-brewed Five Points Pale Ale; there is also a short cocktail list. The food menu, courtesy of permanent resident Sugar Shack, showcases slow-smoked meats shredded and served in multi-layered 'stack' sandwiches with vegetables and dressing. Other dishes include burgers, Sunday roasts and a few vegetarian choices.