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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Review Date Jun 2022

Location is good thanks to connections with stations and city center. Area is quiet, with friendly neighbors, and green spaces. Development quality is high relatively to UK standards, however I believe that properties prices are very high too. Not many nice restaurants around, however there are some at 10min walk distance. Don’t have a car thus I can’t comment on parking. Overall, positive feedback.

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Design is good in relation to UK and London standards for new builds. I like the green areas which is an important aspect for me and all residents. Facilities are good, can’t complain. There have been some issues in the building (eg. with the lift, that took over 1 month to be fixed) but overall the level/quality of management is medium-high.

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Nothing in particular in my specific case, all was explained before moving in.

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

In some cases the action to fix the issues could have been taken earlier.

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Review Date Jun 2022

Proximity to tube station is fantastic. There is a lack of nice local cafes and restaurants. The local area is quiet with a lot of young families.

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The flats are spacious modern and comfortable and the building management is excellent on fixing things, concierge, gym, cleaning etc. The gym and pool are great and convenient but often busy at peak times. The courtyard is very peaceful and there are no problems with noise.

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I wish I’d known was that you’re not allowed to hang laundry outside!

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

We haven’t raised any major problems but the building management have always been helpful.

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Perfect place in the heart of London

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Review Date Jun 2022

The location for transport is excellent between buses and underground. The location is also excellent with a lot of green spaces and 2 great parks close by (Clissold and Finsbury). Also close to a lot of outdoor activities in the reservoirs, probably thr only silly thing is that the reservoirs walk closes like at 4pm and opens Lso late in the morning (be aware running is forbidden inside the reservoirs). Shops there are still not too many (a small sainsbury and a small coop) but if you walk to finsbury or to harringai then you can find everything. It’s a small paradise just one M&S or wightrose would be ideal and a pharmacy also but walking distance you have also medical practices so all un all is great. At night the fact that it’s kind of outside the main roads there might be groups of people but until now no issues at all. Parking wise probably is the biggest issue.

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The design is actually well thought and the flat is really well done. The facilities like the swimming pool and the gym is really handy (probably a bit small for such a big number of flats) but generally really well managed. Very clean and the bike storage is also a big plus . There are just a couple of things like posting on the door of the bins when they are unavailable would help.

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There is no dedicated parking which is quite amazing given the fantastic development…this is a big shortcome foe really a nice place

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Well the only thing I was trying to understand is how to check for a parking lot and it turns out none actually knows which is quite incredible

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Review Date Jun 2022

Great location next to the park, very quiet but close to Angel Dalston and Shoreditch. walking distance to Old Street and Dalston.

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Well designed flats with amazing views and friendly helpful concierge. Not many facilities except communal bike stores and bins, and a concierge. Building management seem responsive but have been slow sorting out a few communal repairs. A useful owners group who organise collective improvements with the management

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Flats facing south west get very hot and also get the most wind. East and other directions are much cooler and calmer.

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

They are responsive but slow in implementation. Particularly on a few repairs.

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