Hackney

A Guide to Living in Hackney

Living in 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.

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 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 are varied, with watering holes spanning faded boozers, drag clubs, and DJ-ed underground dens.

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 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, and it’s got design-led apartments and a front lobby inspired by Hackney’s street art.

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

Aitch Group’s Bagel Factory is another development to consider – 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

Find out more about living in Hackney – check out residents’ reviews by clicking on the properties below. Do you live in a residential development in Hackney? Click here to leave a review on HomeViews. 

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Brand new, modern development with amazing service

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The area is awesome, I’ve been living around here for 3 years. I love how there is a mix of trendy, up-and-coming retailers and residents living alongside the down to earth, more traditional places. Dalston really has got it it all: the shopping mall with the bigger shops is close by, and there of plenty of bars and clubs.

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The concierge are just amazing. When there was a minor issue in the flat, such as the lightbulb fusing, (or when I accidentally broke the TV cable), the concierge reacted immediately. The problems were fixed and replaced instantaneously. In previous flat I had issues with my post and parcels, but here it’s just so much easier since the concierge take all deliveries.
All the furnishing in my flat is brand new and well done to a style that suits me. There is complimentary WiFi which is a massive bonus. One great feature was when I moved in; they sent an email with instructions for how to set up the bills and use the utilities. I thought this was an extra touch where Dalston Works goes the extra mile.

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I’ve heard from fellow residents that the flats can get very warm in the summer. However, it’s great in the winter because I don’t have to use the heating too much as the insulation is very efficient.

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Just the general amount of space and wide, open areas throughout the flat.

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Amazing view in well-connected location

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Lovely area with great amenities close by. Everything you need within walking distance. Sometimes the street is quite smelly which is not not very inviting and the tube stations could be a bit closer.

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Great location in Islington, I live in a modern and nicely furnished flat with an amazing terrace with view of the Shard. The canal leading up to Angel is a lovely area and provides all the amenities you need.

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Flat is very warm and well-insulated, never had to use the heating up until now.

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Thank you for taking the time and trouble to leave such a lovely review. Much appreciated !

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Awful aftercare, security, fire issues, telling friends to stay away.

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Northern line is the worst but walking around here is great

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The customer service is appalling. A2 responds to about 5% of queries and usually those answers are insufficient. The security issues are life-effecting, the echoing sounds around the atriums wake us up at all hours, the new hideous lights outside are not an appropriate replacement for the originals, the plants are all dying, the cctv all in the wrong place, the fire alarms are all faulty and that’s before you even get to the cladding issue.

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How slow A2 would be to make anything alright. That they would replace the lights with such terrible lights, that Forge building would be such a problem, that the cladding would be an issue

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Thank you for your review. I’m sorry to learn of your experiences, if you would like to discuss this further please feel free to call me on 0208 825 1909 or email me – solvita.hadaj@a2dominion.co.uk

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Brilliant development!

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Location is great
Good transport links
Communal garden
Balcony
Really hot on the inside

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Overall this development is amazing, boasting many of the qualities a good living space should have! From the great location that the development is situated in to the great transport links nearby, access to other parts of London have never been easier. The communal garden is also a lovely aspect that adds a touch of nature to the area. With the property overlooking the garden, it is a great treat during summer! One downside to this development is the sheer levels of heat that the inside of the development can reach, particularly in the summer.

I wish I could change the immense heat within the development, especially during summer.

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I don’t have anything I wish I knew due to knowing a lot about the area before moving in.

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I wish I could change the immense heat within the development, especially during summer.

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