Hackney is made up of many diverse neighbourhoods, each with a unique character and vibe.
Areas like Shoreditch, Hoxton, London Fields, and Dalston are already internationally known for their nightlife and creative industries. Hackney Wick boasts one of the largest communities of working artists in Europe, and contains one third of the Olympic Park.
Clapton, Homerton, and Haggerston are the next up-and-coming areas, benefiting from the ongoing regeneration of Hackney, while retaining their individual character and urban feel. While more gentrified areas like Stoke Newington and Victoria Park attract young families with their mix of parks, boutique shops and a wide-range of child-friendly cafes and restaurants.
Hackney Central is now firmly on the map with the extension of the East London Line, linking the borough to the Overground and Tube networks. Its cultural offer, which includes theatre and live music at Hackney Empire, continued to grow at the end of 2011 with the opening of the Hackney Picture House and event space. And over £5million was also secured to make further improvements to the town centre and develop a fashion hub set to attract overseas visitors and London fashionistas alike.