Borough of Hackney

Once upon a time, Hackney was topping lists of Britain’s worst places to live. But the borough has had a colossal transformation in recent years. and now, E8 is one of the capital’s most fashionable postcodes. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in Hackney. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Hackney.

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Best places to live in Borough of Hackney

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Canal in Hackney

Creative melting pot

A paradise for creative types, Hackney’s reputation for nurturing talent and innovation has drawn those at the forefront of fashion, music and the arts. Venues like the Hackney Empire, the Arcola and the Hackney Picturehouse provide a stage for up-and-coming comedy acts, experimental theatre and also cutting-edge cinema. London College of Fashion is in trendy Shoreditch, which straddles the Hackney and Tower Hamlets boroughs. And some of the best contemporary galleries in the capital are here, showcasing eclectic, out-of-this-world pieces.

Hackney’s street scenes

Hackney’s high streets are something of an attack on the senses, thanks to the colourful graffiti art, crooning buskers and street food aromas. And you can eat your way around the world in its restaurants. Cosy British pubs for Sunday roast with all the trimmings? Tick. Pocket-sized Italian pizzerias? Check. Lemongrass-scented Pan-Asian eateries? You betcha. And brunch is something of a religion in these parts, with countless cafés specialising in sourdough and avo and organic juices.

Hackney cafés and bars

There’s a real café culture to be embraced here, with quality coffee shops often doubling up as vegan food markets, bicycle repair workshops and record stores. Lots open late-night, too, for poetry readings, board games and band jam sessions. Speaking of after-dark escapades, the bars in Hackney vary, with watering holes spanning faded boozers, drag clubs, and DJ-ed underground dens.

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Retail therapy

Then there’s the hypnotic markets, which bring all walks of life together. Hackney Flea Market, Broadway Market and Ridley Road are three of the best, packed to the brim with stalls selling fruit and veg, handmade jewellery and retro prints. In fact, we can’t mention Hackney without paying homage to its vintage wares. The best dedicated stores can be found in Dalston, with visitors spending hours trawling the treasures in Oxfam on Kingsland Road.

A slower pace

With all that, it’s easy to think of Hackney as an urban metropolis, but that wouldn’t be doing it justice. Lots of its candy-coloured neighbourhoods have a distinct village feel; such as those near London Fields, Chatsworth Road and Hackney Wick. In these areas you’ll find independent stores, canal-side walks and leisurely park picnics (the borough brags 800-plus acres of green). It could be easy to forget you’re in London; but residents benefit from brilliant train and tube connections to the likes of Canary Wharf, Oxford Street and Liverpool Street.

Residential developments in Hackney

When it comes to choosing where to live, young professionals especially can take their pick from smart new-build properties. For those who like to be in the thick of it, Dalston Curve is a great option. This 106-strong apartment collection can be found on Dalston’s Kingsland High Street. Fringed by vintage shops, Vietnamese restaurants and also, reliable transport links.

The location is great in between Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction stations. Dalston is a really fun place to live with amazing restaurants, bars, cafes etc. When you just want a quiet evening, the sound insulation keeps out the buzz so the building quality is good. The same goes for heat insulation – it’s toasty in the winter! There’s a lovely roof garden round the back and residents are very friendly.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Dalston Curve

On the same road as Dalston Curve there’s FiftySevenEast, a Taylor Wimpey property managed by Cushman & Wakefield. This stylish tower is next to Dalston Kingsland station. With design-led apartments and also, a front lobby inspired by Hackney’s street art. A great place to rent in Hackney.

Well built. Good design. I was looking for an apartment that is close to the city but still provides a good balance of life in east London. The development provides excellent quality living. Management have been quick to deal with any snags or issues.” – Anonymous, verified resident at FiftySevenEast

New flats in Hackney

And lastly…

Aitch Group’s Bagel Factory is another development to consider renting in Hackney – this one’s right next door to Hackney Wick station, and the area’s waterfront pubs and bars.

Rumour has it, commuters were often treated to the smell of freshly baked dough as they passed through Hackney Wick Station; courtesy of the Mr Bagels factory just across the road. Today, the assembly lines are long gone and, in their place, there’s an all-new Bagel Factory – a collection of luxury modern apartments from heavyweight London-based developer, Aitch Group. The place oozes industrial cool, from its contemporary lighting to its oversized steel windows, not to mention the clever use of brickwork inside and out (each apartment has its own living room feature wall). The end result? A stylish nod to the warehouse-like architecture synonymous with the Hackney borough.” – HomeViews Property Pro on Bagel Factory

You can find out more about living in the Hackney by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in Hackney. Moreover, If there’s a Hackney property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here

Reviews in Borough of Hackney

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Good choice for a N1 building

Review Date Oct 2022

The area is really good, as it is both quiet and with super markets and bus stop within walking distance. The subway is far as you need at least a 15min walk.

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The development is really good as it’s new and offer a shared rooftop. There isn’t a gym or a private park, however there is a bike storage & a garage. There is always quiet a lot of dust which is probably down to the trees in the small communal area.

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Nothing, you do get what you see. Really positive.

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They are a bit slow. We had issues with the elevators being broken.

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Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post a review, we value your feedback.

All in all though, it’s a great place to live.

Review Date Sep 2022

Incredible amenities available at this location – easy walking distance to shoreditch, brick lane, liverpool street, angel and highbury.

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The building is great, very well sound proofed and insulated. The management leaves something to be desired, with it being extremely difficult at times to get repairs done, especially in an effective and timely manner. All in all though, it’s a great place to live.

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Just how good the location was – can’t beat the array of options available at the doorstep.

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Sometimes yes, but generally this has been very hit and miss. Some repairs have never been done despite ridiculous efforts made to coordinate.

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Review Date Sep 2022

Perfect location near many shops, bars and restaurants. Apartments are very nice and modern with up to date facilities

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we loved our time living here, lived in more than one apartment in the building during our time. The location is perfect, nice modern apartment and very quick to work on any issues you have.

Very nice apartment building with security and concierge, very helpful when needed.

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That our floor plan square footage included the size of the balcony so our apartment was small

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Very quickly and efficiently. Arrange things to be fixed quickly when needed

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Thank you so much for the positive 5* review !! We’re pleased that you’ve been happy in your home and with the service provided.

Well-located and modern apartment building

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Review Date Sep 2022

Angel is a wonderful area. There is a wide range of shops and most are of good quality. The area is well located with good tube and bus routes.

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City Wharf is very well located and most of the people who live in the building are friendly and well mannered. The apartments are modern and the common areas are kept clean and tidy. Although there are a lot of children around it is mostly peaceful. If you live on Wharf Road, you have to deal with the smell of sewage more often than not. The bathrooms also tend to have a awful smell that comes from the drains. City Wharf has a lot of families with children and it can at times be noisy. There is a lot of litter in and around the development, especially at the entrances.

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The development is lovely and well-located. I would advise that there are quite a lot of children living in the developments. The concierge is very helpful and friendly buy mostly deals with the Cooper building.

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We have not had many problems that the building manager needed to attend to. He is often polite and easy to contact.

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