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Hackney Central


HACKNEY Central is the civic heart of the borough, where people come to marry, register births and deaths, and celebrate their citizenship. 

The Empire is a main attraction for visitors to Hackney Central

Hackney Town Hall is the administrative centre of the borough and the Art Deco building is an iconic local landmark.

The area has much to offer visitors, with the world renowned Hackney Empire theatre and nearby Hackney Picturehouse cinema, creating an unparallelled cultural offer in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Mare Street. 

Turkish, Vietnamese and other restaurants line the high street, and trendy cafes are popping up on Morning Lane and Wilton Way, such as tea specialists Brew for Two, and the popular Railroad Cafe.  

Visitors can also find out more about the borough's rich heritage by exploring Hackney Museum’s permanent exhibition on the history of its immigrant communities.

Hackney Homemade market, brings St John-at-Hackney Churchyard to life each Saturday, selling a range of fresh produce, gifts and vintage fashions. While the 12th century St Augustine’s Tower is open the last Sunday of every month.

Adrenalin Dance

ADRENALIN Dance was founded in 2001 and has an artistic residency at St John-at-Hackney church. It teaches fun, contemporary-based dance classes for children and playful adults, which explore the body’s natural movement potential, as well as fresh approaches to choreography.

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Banner Repeater

IN 2009, a railway platform in Hackney became the site of a not-for-profit, artist-run, reading room and contemporary arts space. Banner Repeater's transient environment on Platform One at Hackney Downs station has an ambitious programme of new art work, visible to over 4,000 rail passengers each day.

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Banner Repeater

Boxing Academy

THE Boxing Academy is an award-winning charity with the mission of ‘changing the lives of young people, aged 13 to 16, in danger of educational exclusion’. Founded in 2006, the Academy provides an alternative to mainstream schooling.

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Bronx

MEN's clothing store located on Mare Street.

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Bronx

Café Sov

CLAPTON cafe run by two sisters in their brother's pub. Serving home made cakes, coffees, pastries and lunches.

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Café Sov

Chesham Arms

THIS traditional Homerton boozer has been closed since 2012 after it was bought by a developer who hoped to build a block of flats on the site. Residents and the Campaign for Real Ale have been fighting, supported by Hackney Council, to get the pub reopened and it was listed as an 'asset of community value' after a landmark tribunal ruling in 2013.

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Chesham Arms

Coffee Lovers

QUIRKY coffee shop with friendly staff and free wifi, under the bridge just yards from Hackney Downs railway station. Serves barista made coffee, pastries, freshly made baguettes or paninis, smoothies and home-made soup.

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Coffee Lovers

Cressida Bell Ltd

A DESIGN studio and workshop in the heart of Hackney producing beautiful hand made textiles and home accessories.

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Cressida Bell Ltd

Hackney Attic

THE top floor of Hackney Picturehouse has carved out its own identity as a bar and live music venue. It hosts DJs and bands from every genre/corner of the globe; one of London’s most difficult film quizzes; short films; comedy; spoken-word; open-mic & much more.

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Hackney Attic

Hackney Downs

HACKNEY Downs first opened as a public park in 1884 and has Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag status, which recognises the best green spaces in the country. Major improvement works mean that the park now boasts flood-lit tennis courts, resurfaced basketball courts, a football pitch, changing rooms, community room, multi-use games area and it even hosts the odd bike polo tournament.

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Hackney Downs

Hackney Empire

HACKNEY Empire is the borough’s oldest theatre and an iconic local landmark. Built in 1901, by internationally-acclaimed architect Frank Matcham, it attracted some of the globe’s most renowned performers in its first 50 years of life: from Charlie Chaplin to Louis Armstrong.

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Hackney Empire

Hackney Homemade & Vintage Market (Sunday)

SUNDAY traders sell a variety of handmade and vintage goods. These include collectible ceramics, vintage toys and furniture, artisan food, home made herbal creams, handcrafted jewellery and and screen-printed pillowcases.

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Hackney Homemade & Vintage Market (Sunday)

Hackney Homemade Food Market (Saturday)

A WEEKLY market offering ready-to-eat food and stalls selling fruit and veg, meat, bread and cakes. The market takes residence in grade II listed building St John's Church opposite Hackney Central station.

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Hackney Homemade Food Market (Saturday)

Hackney Museum

FIND out about the borough’s past and present at Hackney Museum. Its combination of permanent and temporary exhibitions explore the reasons why people have moved to Hackney from all over the world for more than 1,000 years, from Anglo-Saxon settlers to recent refugees.

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Hackney Museum

Hackney Picturehouse

HACKNEY Picturehouse is the borough’s newest cinema, opening in 2011 with digital and satellite technology for a 3D experience and live screenings, plus three bars, a live music venue, street level café opening on to Mare Street, workspaces and events. Its five screens - one of which is the largest in the independent Picturehouse group’s stable - and reclining seats creates a state of the art cinema-going experience.

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Hackney Picturehouse

Hackney Shed

HACKNEY Shed is a theatre company for young people, aged seven to 16, with a wide range of artistic abilities. The Shed team use theatre as a tool to bring children and young people together in an informal, fun and exciting setting – where they can reach their potential no matter what their ability or background.

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Hackney Town Hall

THE Assembly Hall inside Hackney's Art Deco town hall received an impressive make-over in 2013 and is now a stunning venue for a range of events including weddings, parties and dinners. The hall has original 1930s features from imposing chandeliers to a sprung wooden dance floor.

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Hackney Town Hall

Hackney Youth Parliament

YOUNG people who live, work or go to school in the borough – and want to make their voice heard – can put themselves up for election to the Hackney Youth Parliament. It aims to: represent young people in Hackney; regularly consult them on their views; have an impact on positive change; and keep young people informed about matters that affect them.

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Hackney Youth Parliament

Hai Ha

A VIETNAMESE eat-in, takeaway and delivery restaurant on Mare Street.

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Hai Ha

Huddleston Centre

THE Huddleston Centre, in E5, aims to enable disabled young people and their families to take maximum control of their own lives and play a full and active role in all aspects of the community. The centre holds clubs every weeknight in term time, for £1 per session, and also runs holiday play schemes.

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Huddleston Centre

Jackdaw

JACKDAW is an independent family-run jazz cafe in Clapton offering food, drink and live music every night. It has a quirky speakeasy(ish) vibe downstairs, where the live gigs take place, with banquettes to kick back on later in the evening.

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Jackdaw

Kings Hall Leisure Centre

INSIDE a Grade II-listed building, Kings Hall Leisure Centre includes a large gym, swimming pool, studio and sports hall for a range of indoor sports. The sports centre offers a wide range of sports lessons and courses for juniors and adults.

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Kings Hall Leisure Centre

Kip Hotel

We need good kip like we need food, water and free wi-fi, but we don’t think that a stylish, comfortable hotel bed should cost the earth. That’s why we came up with the Kip concept – hand-crafted, monochrome interiors, and a range of accommodation to suit every need, from live/work accommodation through to holiday-makers and families, couples, groups and singles, out-of-towners and London locals.

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Kip Hotel

LARDO

All day simple, provenance led Italian restaurant.

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LARDO

Les Crocodiles

THIS after-school club in Lower Clapton offers French classes and a range of activities for French speaking children and non French speakers. La petite école des Crocodiles runs several classes every Saturday morning for children aged up to 12-years-old.

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Les Crocodiles

London Fields Cycles

LONDON Fields Cycles is an independent bicycle shop on Mare Street, central Hackney. It first opened in 1996 and has grown to become one of the most well known of East London's bike stores.

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London Fields Cycles

Old Ship

THE Old Ship is tucked away down a long corridor-style entrance off Mare Street, such unpromising beginnings open up however to reveal a hidden gem of a boozer. Friendly and knowledgable staff serve craft beers, ciders, cask ales, a fine selection of hard liquor and wine 'by the jug'.

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Old Ship

Oslo

NEW to Hackney Central in January 2014, Oslo has set up shop in the impressive former railway building right next to the station. It offers food, drink, live music and club nights in the evenings and promises to be 'both a daytime hub to meet and eat, and a night time destination for socialising, eating and taking in the best of new music'.

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Oslo

Pacific Social Club

THIS cute and inventive cafe in Clarence Road combines an old style social club, complete with analogue record library, and good coffee. There are plenty of well thought out sandwiches and cakes that steer away from the usual fare.

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Pacific Social Club

Pembury Tavern

MAJOR refurbishment at the Pembury Tavern in Hackney Central introduced new features including 16 hand-pumps on a traditional long bar. The pub serves a fine selection of real ales from Milton Brewery and other British microbreweries, plus puts on beer festivals during the year.

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Pembury Tavern

Purple Bus

THERE are two purple buses – mobile IT units – that tour Hackney’s estates, offering free internet, arts and sports sessions. Young people can improve their IT skills, surf the web, and learn how to use Word, Excel, Hero Machine, Fire Works and Publisher, and gain accredited qualifications.

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Purple Bus

Sculpt & Build

SET up by a Hackney resident, Sculpt & Build makes furniture from reclaimed wood and creates outdoor/indoor spaces. Also works with community groups, and on private and artistic commissions.

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Sculpt & Build

Snappy Snaps

THIS local branch of Snappy Snaps is a one stop shop for all your photographic needs. Offering a wide range of photo and digital services, the shop's specialist team is on hand to provide friendly and informative tips in-store or online, and are happy to help with any query.

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Snappy Snaps

Spandeli Spanish Foods

SPANISH delicatessen food on Dalston Lane. Stock is added daily and includes other food from across the Mediterranean.

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Spandeli Spanish Foods

Spurstowe Arms

THE Spurstowe Arms sits proudly on the corner of the ultra fashionable Wilton Way, tucked away between Hackney Central and Dalston. Its wine list is as impressive as the selection of beers on tap.

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Spurstowe Arms

St John-at-Hackney Church

THE current building dates from 1797, but the church has been at the heart of Hackney life since 1275. Primarily a place of worship, St John-at-Hackney is also a community hub and live music venue.

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St John-at-Hackney Church

Sutton House

BUILT in 1535 by Sir Ralph Sadlier, Principal Secretary of State to Henry VIII, Sutton House is East London’s oldest domestic property. Now owned by the National Trust, it retains the atmosphere of a traditional Tudor home, despite modification during the Georgian period.

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The Other Side of the Pillow

THE clothes may be second-hand but the quality is usually top notch at The Other Side of the Pillow. Situated on Wilton Way, the store sells retro clothing, many of which are one offs.

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The Other Side of the Pillow

TickTheBucket

BUCKET LISTS... If you have one, here are a bunch of people who can turn your dreams into reality.

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Well Street Market

WELL Street Market is famously where, in 1919, before opening his first Tesco, 21-year-old barrow boy Jack Cohen plied his trade to hundreds of customers. The number of market traders has decreased over the years, but plans are afoot to entice more local businesses to take up a pitch.

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Well Street Market

Wilton Way Café

LOCAL design firm the Dog and Wardrobe have brought a happy marriage of modern and reclaimed materials to the inside of quirky Wilton Way Café. Using a seasonal blend of roasted beans from nearby roasters Climpson & Sons, the cafe keeps its ingredients both local and fresh.

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Wilton Way Café

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