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London, the third largest city in Europe, covers a land area of 1,572 km. There’s a total of 33 different and unique boroughs (including the city of London) and each borough is further divided into different districts. There is a lot to think about when choosing the borough best suited for you. Your ideal place will depend on things like your demographic, cost of living, work, transportation accessibility, and leisure and culture, just to name a few. 

Below we’ve outlined some of the things to consider if you’re thinking about moving to Hackney, one of London’s trendiest boroughs. Read on to see if Hackney is the place for you! 

Areas of Hackney | Geographical Location

Hackney is a district in East London, England. Formally an industrial hub, Hackney is located just four miles (6.4 km) northeast of Charing Cross, and includes the districts of Upper Clapton, Hackney Marshes, Lower Clapton, Homerton, Hackney Wick, Hackney Central, South Hackney, Haggerston, Shoreditch, Hoxton, De Beauvoir, Dalston, Stoke Newington, and Stamford Hill. 

In the past Hackney was considered a rough neighbourhood. However, the influx of creatives in the last decade has changed the landscape dramatically, and for the better. The area’s many warehouses have been converted into communal living spaces, nightclubs and art galleries. Hackney has been rendered London’s “Borough of Cool.” Read on for our full assessment of Hackney to see if it might be the right fit for you! 

Demographics

In 2019, the population of Hackney was listed at 281,100 inhabitants. Hackney is a relatively young borough with roughly 30% of the population between the ages of 20-35. Most renters in Hackney are single professionals, young couples, or sharers. An estimated 57.50% of the population here are singles. 

If you are a young professional, you may have heard the term “Silicon Roundabout” and “East London Tech City”. These are both terms that refer to Hackney, where you can find London’s largest congregation of tech and start-up companies. For more information, check out the section on Work below.

While this bustling borough may not immediately jump out at you as the best London has to offer for families / raising kids, think again. According to Ofsted (the UK’s Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills), there are some top rated primary, comprehensive, and private schools to be found here. 

Not only that, it has one of the largest spanning green spaces in inner London (more on that in Market & Greenspaces below) making it quite attractive for families with children. 

Cost of Living

There are a variety of reasons that have resulted in Hackney having one of the fastest rising housing and rental costs in London. One of the reasons is due to the fact it has the highest number of schools rated outstanding by Ofsted. The closer you are to a highly rated school, the higher the housing market price. 

Over a period of 20 years, Hackney has changed from one of London’s least-loved boroughs to one of its most desirable. House prices in Hackney have risen more than in any other London borough during that time. Properties in Hackney had an overall average price of £744,517 over the last year, an approximate 14% increase from 2019 and 21% from 2017.

Work

You may have heard the term Silicon Roundabout. It’s the term used to describe the high concentration of technology businesses and start-ups in an area between Old Street and Shoreditch in Hackney. The area is also known as East London Tech City and houses powerhouses like Facebook, Google and Intel. For this reason, this area is a great place for a young professional looking to get into the tech industry in London.

Transportation

Thanks in part to the 2012 Olympics, Hackney is amazingly well connected to central London and is served by Bethnal Green Underground Station, Hackney Wick, Hackney Downs, Hackney Central and London Fields Overground Stations, to name a few.

Freedom passes are available to older people and disabled people in Hackney providing free public transport and railcards provide free or reduced-cost travel to local people aged 60 and over, who are physically disabled or have a learning difficulty. Check out this article on the UK Gov website for more information.

Leisure & Culture

Hackney is definitely a borough bursting with culture. There are no shortage of markets, restaurants, boutique stores, shops, museums, and parks to explore. Read on for a list of some of Hackney’s best markets, museums, and green spaces.

Shopping

Mare Street remains Hackney Central’s busy and bustling local shopping street. It’s the place to be for unique vintage clothes shops sprinkled with cafes and cocktail bars when you need a rest (or drink). Hackney Walk along Morning Lane has turned Hackney Central into one of London’s top tourist attractions.

Food & Drink

Hackney has a thriving vegetarian and vegan scene as well as hip brunch and coffee shops. The sky’s the limit when it comes to international cuisine. Once almost exclusively known for its countless pubs and industrial feel, it is now a hub for exceptional cuisine and open concept bars.

Whether you are looking for an all night rave, a club to dance the night away, a chic cocktail bar, or a craft brewery, Hackney has it all. 

Markets & Greenspaces

There is no better way to experience authentic East End culture than to check out a locally run market. The East End boasts some of the best markets in London including Broadway Market, Netil Market, the recently rejuvenated Chatsworth Market and the Sunday Farmer’s Market at Victoria Park.

Hackney has one of the largest expanses of green spaces in inner London. A total of 58 parks, gardens and open spaces totalling almost 300 hectares.

The Hackney City Farm keeps animals such as pigs, donkeys, sheep, rabbit, goats, ducks, and chickens. Children can interact with many of these animals. They can also learn new skills like planting seeds at the vegetable garden. It’s a rare and magical glimpse into rural life, right in the city! 

The very east of the borough contains a large chunk of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This park hosted the 2012 London Olympics. You can also find London Fields and Victoria Park here.

Hackney downs (a name often used as a district and the park interchangeably), is not to be missed if you are looking for one of the larger greenspaces in the Hackney area. It features a play area, basketball courts, football pitches and a bowling green.

Arts

There are 163 museums and art galleries to choose from in Hackney. The Geffrye Museum is a local favourite. Hackney is also home to the famous Sutton House, one of London’s last remaining Tudor houses, as well as The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History. 

If you have little ones to entertain, there are plenty of places to visit. The V&A Museum of Childhood is in Bethnal Green and you can also find London Fields Lido here, a large, heated, outdoor swimming pool. It’s open year-round. 

Whether it’s a musical, opera, concert, or a stand up comedy show you’re after, you can find it at Hackney Empire. Built in 1901 as a music hall, it’s an impressive piece of London’s history, both inside and out. If you want to catch dinner and a movie on East London’s biggest movie screen, head over to Hackney Picture House. Originally a library, it has a café-bar onsite so you can have a bite or drink after the show.  

So there you have it. Whether you are a student looking for a vibrant nightlife, a professional looking for the start-up scene, or a family looking for good schools and an abundance of culture, Hackney is an amazing place to be!

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