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 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 Hackney

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Incredible design in the heart of Shoreditch

Review Date Sep 2021

Beautifully designed.

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Beaufitul design overall. Modern spaces. Elegantly decorated. I really love the building. Great finishes. Beautiful cinema space and gym as well! Lovely terraces. It’s an amazing building to live in. Really really love it. Would absolutely recommend!

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Downside: No good supermarkets anywhere around

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It has been somewhat complicated because of the letting agency, not so much management.

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Makers Building beauty!

Review Date Sep 2021

Really great local area. Super quiet during the night, it feels safe too. Close to all main attractions too. Local station nearby too.

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Building is great, easy access for bin chute. Building amenities are spot on! Design is lush and also there’s a cinema and gym facilities. Really clean and team are so friendly. The business centre is always so clean and a great working space. The garden space is tranquil and residents respect the grounds too. Very clean

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I didn’t have a full understanding of how the heating and air con worked, had to read the guide etc. Otherwise all self explanatory. Team are really helpful so helped me understand how to book the cinema etc and gym

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Any issues raised, the problem has been fixed immediately.

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Cool and contemporary homes in Shoreditch

Review Date Sep 2021

A top choice for Shoreditch living – The Makers is a striking, contemporary development literally next to Old St station ( 10 -12 minutes walk away from
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With a name like ‘The Makers’, it’ll come as no surprise that this is a development geared up for young, fun twenty and thirty-somethings. And it certainly ticked the boxes for the target audience, who snapped up every single one of its units in no time upon launch.

Elsewhere in the development, there’s a 24-hour concierge, a swanky residents’ gym, and space set aside for bicycles.

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I got everything I needed to know before moving in.

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Sometimes efficient and very professional and sometime very slow.
Really depends on the person you’re dealing with.

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Perfect location, lovely place to live

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Review Date Jul 2021

Location of Angel/Islington is perfect for me. Easy to travel around London with tube stops nearby (Angel and Old Street) and many restaurants either towards Shoreditch or Upper Street.

Parking is ok, never had an issue finding a space within 200m on weekends but I don’t own a car so only use when people visiting.

Bin collections – seems fine, had a problem a few months ago but nothing since then.

Traffic – a lot less now the road is not a thoroughfare into Islington.

Anti social behaviour – we had some problems with youths recently trying to enter the blocks of flats so they could eat McDonalds in the stairway. This would be eradicated if we had a gate in our entry way rather than just an open space for kids to come and go as they please (similar to the gate in the block across the road.

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Love my flat, great design with tall ceilings and big doors which gives the impression of being in a much larger flat (I am in a 1 bedroom).

No facilities really to speak of, the lift works fine.

Had issues with hot water availability recently, Peabody fixed within 24 hours.

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Check the water pressure in the shower! The eco shower head is a nightmare and very difficult to wash long hair.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

If urgent (eg no hot water) then turn around time has been 24 hours so far which is fine. If anything less urgent, not a great turnaround time – building experience rather than personal.

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