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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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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Great place to live, close to city center.

Review Date Mar 2021

Cool area with lots of bars and restaurants. Transport links close-by.
Area is getting rather expensive.

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The buildings are modern with nice facade and relatively large balconies. It’s still wait-and-see for the results of the replacement of all cladding, which may change the look of the buildings.
The flats are situated around a central square, with some coffee shops and a library.

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The cladding was combustible and had to be replaced. While I understand that building regulation has changed, there should be no excuse ever for installing dangerous in order to save a bit of money. The cladding was dangerous before the current regulation and should not have been installed.

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The views of East London and the City. The large windows that let enough light inside.

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Great Location

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Review Date Mar 2021

Growing selection of bars, restaurants, a mix of organic and everyday grocery stores and excellent transport links.

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The building is fairly well maintained – the gym has understandably been shut during lockdown but the service charges have remained the same. Communal spaces are clean and well maintained – the rooftop area is a nicely kept space with nice sunset and city views.

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Our bike store has been broken into several times and bikes have been stolen – the door to the bike store has since been locked (access only via main reception.) A guest had her bike stolen, wouldn’t have left bikes there had we known how easy it was to break in.

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

I haven’t personally raised any issues and we’ve had a recent change in management.

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Hello Christopher,
Thank you for your review.
The sunset views look stunning. We hope the Gym will be opening again soon for you to use.
Thank you

Great Location and Modern Apartments

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Review Date Feb 2021

The local area is perfect. Plenty of great wine bars and delicious delis (Furanxo, Weinobib, Wilton Way etc.). Great transport links 5mins to Dalston Junction, Dalston Kingsland and Hackney downs station, plenty of busses and easy cycle ways. Easy shopping with TFC, Sainsburys and M&S close by.

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The development is perfect for us. Great south facing aspects with city views. The apartments are well furnished with modern good quality furniture. 24hr concierge, bike store and roof communal spaces. Only negative is parking. Very limited on street parking, no local secure parking and expensive long term parking.

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The address is sometimes difficult to find. Plenty of lost delivery drivers.

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Management have always been quite prompt responding to queries. The lift has broken a few times in the past 3 years but not a management issue.

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Hi Mitch,

Many thanks for you feedback.

We’re happy to hear the Dalston area has all of the café’s, bars and shopping areas you need. It’s definitely a big plus for us being so well connected too and we’re sure you’re looking forward to those views even more that summer is approaching.

Dalston Works is car park free development and offers limited spaces for our contractors only but it sounds like you’re already making good use out of our bike store and we hope this alleviates the transport issue slightly for you.

We are on site 24/7 so those maintenance issues are taken care of as soon as they happen, so while we can’t always prevent lift failures, we do our best to get them fixed right away.

Thank you, Dalston Works Team

Very nice flats

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Review Date Feb 2021

The building is very close to the overground station, a big Sainsbury’s and more local shops. The only bad thing I would say is that sometimes it is a bit scary during the night.

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The flats and the furniture are very good, also the fact of having a bike parking is amazing. the only problem that I would say is that the wifi sometimes doesn’t work properly, sometimes there is not hot water, and also they just clean the outside of the windows one time a year.

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We didn’t know that we have a rooftop, which it was amazing for the moment that we moved to the flat (first lockdown)

What is the best feature of your home:

The guys in the concierge are very friendly and supportive. And the qualities of the flats

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Hi Alfredo,

Thank you so much for your feedback, we are glad you like our apartments and furnishings.

While all the close public transportation is always a plus we’re definitely glad to hear you’ve been making the most out of our bike store like so many of our residents! Hopefully you will be able to get many more summer nights on those rooftop terraces again soon now that were heading back into summer and out of lockdown!

We’re sorry you have experienced some issues with your heating. We’re onsite 24/7 so always do our best to get these resolved as soon as possible and if you feel your Wi-Fi is not performing as it should be, please let us know so that we could see what the next steps would be to getting this resolved for you.

As with many areas of London now, it’s always best to be vigilant when venturing out at night but know that we here at Dalston Works take our residents safety very seriously and have CCTV along with a 24/7 presence. This coupled with our key fob access into any of our buildings ensures were keeping a vigilant eye on anything strange but if you do see anything, please give us a call in the concierge and we will get right on it !

Thank you, Dalston Works Team

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