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CocoonSync London Renter’s Guide: An intro to Hackney

Hackney is one of the best places to live in London

The London Borough of Hackney, covering several of the city’s coolest districts, including Shoreditch and Dalston, is the perfect mix of inner-city edge and village-like community. Having undergone huge renovation and gentrification over the past 20 years, it is a thriving hub for creatives, students and young professionals.

Where is Hackney?

Hackney is a large East London borough, the modern representation of which was formed in 1965 and comprises the neighbourhoods of Hackney Central, Hackney Downs, Dalston, Shacklewell, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Clapton, Homerton, London Fields, De Beauvoir, Haggerston, Hoxton, Shoreditch and Woodberry Down.

Hackney borders Islington and the City of London on the south and south-west, making it well placed for Central London and for those working in the financial district.

Hackney Transport

There is only one Underground station in Hackney, at Manor House, which links to the Piccadilly line, but there are lots of buses and great connections on the Overground. The easiest way to get into Central London from Hackney is on the Overground at Highbury & Islington station, which connects to the Victoria line, or else via the huge bus network.

It’s also possible to get on the Underground at Old Street station, which connects to the Northern line and Liverpool Street station, which connects to the Circle, Central, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.

Renting in Hackney

If you decide to rent a flat in Hackney, you’ll be spoiled for choice. With so many interesting districts making up the borough, it may be hard to make up your mind. Do you go for the achingly trendy Dalston, vintage mecca Shoredtich, edgy Hackney Wick or the village-like Stoke Newington?

Hackney is a diverse borough, that’s for sure, and throughout the different neighbourhoods you’ll find a range of flats from modern new-builds in Dalston to terraced Victorian and Edwardian houses in South Hackney. You’ll also find renovated warehouses that hint at the borough’s industrial past, particularly in Shoreditch. Thanks to its 62 parks and green spaces comprising 815 acres, Hackney was voted the greenest borough in inner London and in 2006 became London’s best borough for biking.

Because of their closeness to Central London, Shoreditch and Hoxton tend to be the most expensive districts while areas such as Clapton and Homerton are cheaper for renting.

Check out CocoonSync’s exclusive database of flats in Hackney and discover some amazing places that are not yet on other rental sites.

Living in Hackney

Hackney is one of the best places to live in London because of the community-like spirit, wealth of places to eat & drink and vast and diverse cultural scene.

Being one of the earliest spots in London to undergo a huge wave of gentrification and regeneration, you’ll find a myriad of subcultures across the borough, from tech startups to artists and musicians. Hackney dances to its own beat and it’s a pretty groovy rhythm! The diversity and old-meets-new charm of this borough means there is a super inclusive atmosphere and even a village-like feel in some smaller districts.

Things to do in Hackney

In Hackney, you’re never short of something to do. No matter what you’re into, you’ll find its representation somewhere on the streets of this borough - particularly when it comes to bars and restaurants. The creative hubs of Shoreditch and Dalston are churning out innovative and exciting dining concepts seemingly every weekend and you’ll also find a feast of street food spots across the borough as well as some cosy, traditional cafés in South Hackney and fantastic fresh produce at Broadway Market.

When it comes to nightlife in Hackney, expect everything from craft breweries and typical pubs to nightclubs and glamorous cocktail bars. Music lovers can browse vintage records on Brick Lane before catching some live music, or else check out the latest and greatest DJ at XOYO in Shoreditch. The Queen of Hoxton is a classic spot for students and young professionals alike, with its rooftop bar hosting many legendary evenings.

For arts and culture, Hackney really is the place to be. Check out the retro Rio Cinema and the legendary Hackney Empire Theatre or simply roam the streets taking in the graffiti and urban art or checking out the newest pop-up gallery.

Stay tuned for more neighbourhood guides as well as ideas on what to do in London’s coolest districts.

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