If you’re thinking of moving to Hackney, – you’re not alone. Hackney has come along in leaps and bounds in recent years. Once an epicentre of industrial London, Hackney is now one of London’s most fashionable postcodes, – with house prices having risen more than any other borough in the last 20 years. Here’s all you need to know…

The regeneration of Hackney has happened at lightening speed – and it now ranks as one of the most desirable places to live in London; home to writers, artists, pop stars and pretty much any other creative sub-niche that you could imagine. And it’s not hard to see why.

There’s plenty to love about Hackney. Hackney is trendy. Arty. Chic. Hipster. Hackney excudes cool and charm. There’s a distinctly artistic ambience here, and a cultural diversity. Think quirky bars, street food, world class coffee, boutiques, vintage markets, independent bookshops, artisan restaurants, converted warehouses, art galleries, fringe theatres and stand up comedy venues. There’s also a strong sense of community and a decent choice of highly rated state schools.

There are also the canals, an olympic sized outdoor pool, murals, – and there’s no shortage of open green spaces. In fact, it’s one of the greenest parts of London. There’s a lovely walled garden around St Johns Church, and Victoria park is just a stroll away. Many of the streets are tree lined and more people cycle to work here than in any other London borough.

What’s on there?

It’s hip, it’s sophisticated, it’s Broadway market. Here you can enjoy street art, artisan foods, boutique stalls, swanky hang-outs, alfresco dining and more. Pooches welcome too! You’ve also got Mare Street Market (a neatly converted warehouse – featuring pop-up shops, antique furniture, flowers, vinyl and coffee), Ridley Road Market (for fruit, veg and global cuisine), Hackney DIY Art Market (a celebration of up and coming artists) and Columbia Road flower market.

Thirsty? Shopped out? When it comes to pubs, you are spoilt for choice. Try Market Café for it’s outdoor seating and cool murals, The Chesham Arms (for it’s country pub vibes), Dove (for a celebration of proper beer culture), Marksman (for Michelin star) or Pub on the Park (for views across London Fields and a properly served Pimms).

Hungry? Try Bella Vita (for a family-run, authentic Italian experience), Fish House (for eco-friendly seafood), Mangal Ocakbasi (for its legendary Turkish grills), Oslo (for Scandinavian delights and live music too) or the Pacific Social Club (for hipster snacks).

Got the kids? Try The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Victoria Park, Hackney Empire, Hackney city farm or Hackney Picturehouse.

How much does it cost?

The average 1 bedroom flat will cost around £418,000 to buy, or £1,470 a month to rent, whilst the average 4 bedroom house will cost around £1,120,000 to buy, or £3,415 a month to rent.


Hackney is mostly made up of Georgian houses and Victorian terraces, but you will also find blocks of flats, converted warehouses and council estates.

Best Streets

Clapton Square and the Graham Road area.


The majority of Hackney central is the E8 postcode


Hackney benefits from a fast overground service from Hackney Downs to Liverpool Street, with trains from Hackney Central reaching Stratford in just 9 minutes. Hackney Central is also extremely well served by bus routes in to central London.


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