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Round Chapel
Split into Upper and Lower Clapton, Clapton is the one of the leafier districts of Hackney. Clapton has many green amenities such as Springfield Park, which was formed from the land that belonged to three local mansions. Only one today survives which is used as the Spark Café to serve the casual stroller tea and light refreshments. Clapton is also fortunate enough to have the River Lea running along its eastern border, and for those who walk it, there are numerous places to stop for refreshment such as the Anchor and Hope pub, a traditional river side inn for food and light refreshment in one...
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Benyon Arms, De Beauvoir Town, N1, Ewan Munro
Until the 1820s, this area of Hackney was largely open expanses with a few country houses dotted around. In the 1820s, with the opening of Regent’s Canal, the development of the area began to give it much of the landscape it has today. The majority of housing built around that time was designed for the middle classes of the day and offered, space, space and more space with grand exteriors. Today, the main attraction of the area would be Kingsland Road for its unique brand of independent shopping, food, bars and clubs that fit in with the cosmopolitan mix of the population. This is also an...
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Hackney Empire building
As the name of this district would suggest, this area is the heart of Hackney that is the lynch pin of the borough. The Town Hall of Hackney Council is located here on one of the main arteries of Hackney, Mare Street. As with the other districts of Hackney, there is a lot of history dating back many centuries, the main relics that remain today are St Augustine’s Tower from circa 1600, which was part of a church that replaced the 13th century Knight’s Templar Church that stood there. Another historical religious building of note, is St John at Hackney and its church gardens and graveyard which...
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Hackney City Farm
Home to one of my favourite places in the borough; Hackney City Farm. Set in Haggerston Park, this is one of the few places in the city you will get to meet and great our four legged friends that used to be the main residents of the borough. Haggerston Park itself also boasts a seasonal athletics track, basketball court, bmx cycle track, a pond and the usual children’s playgrounds that come with parks. Other features area is Regents Canal, a feat of modern day engineering from its man made origins. Of late, there have been canal side developments which lift the quality of housing in the area...
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Match Box Factory
Homerton was nothing more than arable land until the Tudor period when it went through an upturn in status. In this period in history many grand estates and houses were built for the countries social elite. A relic from this time can be seen in the Tudor hunting lodge that is Sutton House, the oldest house in Hackney. Owned today by the national trust, it is open to the public and well worth a visit. In the mid 1800s, the railway came to Homerton which led to industry locating here and then a surge of Victorian house building to accommodate the workers. These homes can still be seen today...
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White Cube Gallery
For many this is the place to go party. Set on the edge of the City of London, Hoxton contains many trendy bars, live music venues and restaurants, including ones such as Jamie Oliver’s fifteen. The focus of the area is Hoxton Square, which is bordered by old factories converted into galleries, bars, restaurants and is also home to the world renowned White Cube gallery which has exhibited pieces by Damien Hurst and Tracey Emin. A list of places to go shop and eat, although not exhaustive, is as follows:- The Hoxton Pony Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen Hoxton Apprentice Hoxton Boutique Hoxton...
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With a population of just over 200,000 hailing from 100 different countries of the 6 habitable continents on earth, Hackney is the cosmopolitan capital of London, and quite possibly the world! Why do people come here? As three quarters of the residents say, Hackney is a place where people from different backgrounds get on well together. Being located next to the world financial centre that is the City of London, you have the traditional and historical heritage of the capital right next door to this cultural melting pot. This unique mix of people and place has turned Hackney into a somewhat...
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Curtain Theatre
Another district of Hackney that is steeped in history, although its name is none too flattering. Shoreditch is believed to of originated from Soersditch, which means Sewer Ditch, possibly one of its first possible uses. Of course, this was not for long. The first playhouse in England, called The Theatre, was established here in 1576 by James Burbage. For those of you who lied Shakespeare, this would of been the place to go to see some of his plays, or to the nearby Curtain Theatre where is believed Romeo and Juliet was first performed...without Leonardo DiCaprio in it though! In the...
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Stamford Hill
This is quite possibly one of the most unique areas in Hackney. Being home to Europe’s largest Hasidic Jewish population and the world’s third largest outside Israel and New York. The Jewish community in London was originally located in Stepney, but from 1880 onwards, they started to escape the poverty of the area and move on to Stamford Hill which had/has grand houses, green spaces and tree lined streets. Another influx came just before the Second World War as they escaped persecution and then from the rest of London after the war from bomb damaged housing or the post war clearance to...
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Vortex Jazz Club
Quite possibly this place has the most chic that Hackney has to offer. If you’re ever in the area, take a walk down Stoke Newington Church Street and you will see why. The narrow street is adorned with cafés, bistros, boutiques, restaurants, traditional public houses and live music venues, with the world famous Vortex Jazz Club just off adjoining Stoke Newington Road. Even the local fish and chip shop has an upmarket feel to it and pretty much everywhere you eat has food to die for. The surroundings of the area really help to keep the residents of this area a happy bunch as there is...
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