Even though this park is generally full of hipster East Londoners, there are records of the area going back to 1540... so people really HAVE been going there before it was cool. As well as the park, there's also a lido and Saturday food market. Dig in!
West Side, Hackney, London E8 3EU -
Victoria Park is one of London's oldest and most historic parks, having been a green space in the city for the last 170 years. More commonly known as Vicky Park, there are two cafes, a lake, playgrounds, nature reserves and only about a MILLION selfie opportunities. Phones at the ready guys...
Victoria Park, Grove Road, London, United Kingdom -
Broadway Market is one of London's most popular and most hipster-tastic markets, running the length of the road of the same name. Head there on a Saturday to check out the stalls, which sell everything from antiques to street food faves to fresh produce.
Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ -
Part of Hackney's skyline since 1901, there's nothing past-it about the Hackney Empire. Hosting everything from comedy, drama, opera and of course, their infamous panto at Christmas, there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy.
291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ -
Open since 2011, the Hackney Picturehouse has quickly become a staple part of the community and screens everything from foreign films to mainstream offerings. There are four screens, as well as an all-day bar and cafe, so everything you need to while away an afternoon or two.
270 Mare Street London E8 1HE -
e5 is an artisan bakery in the centre of London Fields (literally, it's right under the station) which specialises in sour dough and rare, specialty breads. As well as being able to buy a loaf there, the bakehouse doubles as a cafe, serving toasted sarnies, soups and stews. They also do classes so you can learn how to make your own.
Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH -
There’s another new addition to the Patty & Bun empire as their London Fields site takes up residence at a bigger, better spot on Richmond Road. Inside you’ll find long communal tables, a bar shaking up happy hour cocktails and art clinging to the exposed brick work. You’ve also got outdoor seating for when the sun is (eventually) out. All the P&B classics are on the menu and the kitchen churns these out at an impressive pace. If you’re new to P&B it’s one of the best burgers around, medium rare in a brioche bun crammed with all kinds of good stuff.
2 Arthaus Building, 205 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ -
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The Cat and Mutton has everything you could possibly want from a pub - a beaut copper bar with more space upstairs, plenty of beers on tap, wines and cocktails, weekly pub quiz, a jazz night, and they even have DJs on the weekend. They knock out great pub grub too, with bangin' roasts and Bloody Marys on Sundays.
76 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ -
Located just off London Fields, the space is big, bright and airy with an outside seating area to make the most of the last of the summer sun. Wringer + Mangle is open from breakfast through to brunch, lunch and dinner but we really rate their late weekend brunch. The menu is bang on trend with plenty of avo dishes and the likes of Full English (veggie and meaty), huevos rancheros and sweetcorn fritters. Our favourite, was without doubt the Full English, a HUGE plate with two sausages, mound of bacon, two eggs cooked your way, black pudding, creamy tarragon mushrooms, slow roast tomato and sour dough (LESS OF THE GREENS THOUGH YEAH!)....Oh then there's the triple cooked chips and garlic mayo and homemade baked beans.
2-18 Warburton Road, London, E8 3FN -
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Il Cudega is a mix of deli and cafe serving up amazing produce entirely from Italy’s northernmost region, Lombardy – think incredible charcuterie, cheese, gelato and wine, much of which you can’t find anywhere else in London. We especially enjoyed the charcuterie, cheeses and wines on our visit and it’s great that you can then by your favourites from the deli to take home with you. The cafe is open all day from breakfast until 6pm but Il Cudega also runs a series of evening supper clubs.
Arch 358, Westgate St, London E8 3RL -
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For any of you that have been to Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities you’ll know it’s quite the err...curious place. Hackney’s world famous emporium of bizarre collectables houses everything from mummified skeletons to taxidermy is now not only a place to see, but also to eat.
Allow us to elaborate. The museum is now home to a restaurant offering an exciting new menu of feasting platters and exotic game burgers featuring the likes of zebra, camel, ostrich and kangaroo. Yikes, sorry Skippy. Fancy the place to yourself? Then hire the entire museum for private dining and indulge in the luxury-feasting menu that includes oysters, foie-gras and pheasant terrine. They certainly don’t do things by halves over at Mr Wynd’s. Wash it all down with some house cocktails inspired by the museum’s inventory and you might just have yourself London’s most fantastical, but wonderful night out.
11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP -
The menu at The Richmond focuses heavily on fish, served various ways raw or cooked. There's a good selection of wine and interesting twists on the classic cocktails too as well as a short selection of puds and a separate menu just for the Oyster selection. Shuck on that baby...
316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, London E8 3NH -
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Hackney Cogs is a co-working space for creatives based in London Fields. Having opened in June 2015, Hackney Cogs offer affordable desks in a bright, clean open plan space that is aimed at freelancers and small teams who need an 'office environment'. It's difficult to make the jump, get out of the house or coffee shop and into a real working environment when most spaces meaning forking out for overpriced desks in warehouses with no running water. But Hackney Cogs is all you need, filled with like minded creatives busting their gut and working on assorts of exciting, weird and wonderful projects, businesses and ideas.
Unit 11 Bayford St Industrial Centre, Bayford Street , Hackney, E8 3SE -
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The suitably named Lobster Bar is situated on Richmond Road, serving up everything from lobster benedict to lobster rolls. And if that wasn't enough to get your claws into, the menu features other fresh and sustainable seafood dishes, including fishcakes and oysters with cucumber and ginger pickle. YUMMY.
Unit 2, 205 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ -
Bringing you seasonal tapas, POCO, the baby of Tom Hunt (author of 'The Natural Cook') serves up fresh and sustainable dishes, with ethical produce. And with an ever-changing seasonal menu, no visit will ever be the same...expect THOSE deep fried oysters with kelp aioli to pigeon with pomegranate. With a breakfast menu and seasonal cocktails, concocted of foraged ingredients and homemade cordials, this is the perfect foodie spot from dawn till dusk.
129A Pritchards Road, E2 9AP -
So The George and Dragon is dead. Yes, sad times indeed. But there's no need to lie in mourning because after a facelift and quick move a mile up the road, it has been reborn as The Queen Adelaide. Many of the best bits of the old joint - the life-size figures, the paintings, the horse's head, the staff - have made the move over to the former strip club, meaning not too much has changed. Late licence, lots of tunes, and a crazy crowd...what's not to like?
483 Hackney Road, London, E2 9ED -
Something fishy is going on in Hackney...Sutton & Sons have opened their third permanent site on Graham Road. Bringing their award-winning fish & chips and Mrs Sutton's homemade pickles and desserts alongside their daily specials, the menu includes a tuna burger, lobster sub, grilled oysters, a whole lobster and even snails.
240 Graham Road, London E8 1BP, United Kingdom -
Legs, located on the old site of Railroad (RIP) on Morning Lane, is a small neighbourhood joint is headed up by Magnus Reid, formerly of The Rooftop Cafe. Lunch focuses on good value, simple dishes such as suckling pig and chilli jam roll whilst for dinner dishes are made to be shared and enjoyed with a glass or two of wine, most of which comes from small independent producers.
120-122 Morning Lane, London, E9 6LH -
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Behind This Wall has set up shop in a basement located at the end of Mare Street, serving up seasonal cocktails, wines and beers along with oysters, Hawaiian poke bowls and Spanish tapas. We got on extremely well with the cucumber and pickle juice Margarita with a black lava salt rim - almost a little too well but hey we love a good rimming - the white mezcal Negroni and saffron infused Ramos Gin Fizz sexy remixed classics.
If cocktails aren't your thing, there's plenty of beers from the likes of Bottle Shop, Five Points, Beavertown and the Redchurch Brewery. With a clean design running throughout the space BTW looks pretty sophisticated for Mare Street. Best get Behind This Wall then...
411 Mare St, London, E8 1HY -
Sat on the corner of Morning Lane and Ponsford Street, you'll find Farley Macallan, a restaurant and wine bar sitting on the old site of FIX. With an aim to 'reinvent the local', the new Hackney hotspot serves up a whole host of organic and biodynamic wines, while E5 Smokehouse, the artisan guerrilla smokery takes care of the food. With small plates at the heart of the menu, you can expect dishes to include cauliflower fritters with curried yoghurt & cucumber, scallops with quinoa & pea puree and aloe vera panna cotta with toasted marshmallows. Focussing on local produce, expect to find cured meats from Cobble Lane, cheese from Raw Cheese Powder on Chatsworth Road and beer from Mare Street's very own Five Points Brewery.
177-179 Morning Lane, London, E8 6LH -
Hackney's had been having a bit of a makeover and Hackney Walk has become London's very first luxury outlet district. Joseph, MATCHESFASHION.COM and Present have joined Anya Hindmarch, Burberry, Aquascutum, Bally, Pringle of Scotland, UGG, Follie Follie and Nike outlets already in the area. With up to 70% OFF, it look's like we'll be doing our shopping a bit closer to home...
Morning Lane, London E9 6LH -
Oslo, a restaurant and live music venue located in the old Hackney Central train station, but it's not just another new, live music skanky pub, oh no this place is the dogs bollocks. Downstairs in the restaurant the decor is pretty swish with cool lighting, wooden tables and plenty of space. The Hackney fave has also re-vamped its weekend brunch menu, with eggs, waffles and sharing platters of Nordic treats.
1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1ll -
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Less known than it should be, The Hackney Museum is a great example of diversity among the local community as many of its exhibits tell the story of how people from all over the world have made London their home. Star exhibits include the 'Hackney Hoard', a collection of double eagle coins unearthed in a Hackney garden, a propaganda sheet from Nazi Germany and a sculpture made by a child from Sierra Leone.
Ground Floor Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ -
For over twenty years Hackney City Farm has been providing fun days out for kids both big and little. And who says fun can't also be educational? There are a whole host of animals on the farm, including donkeys, pigs, goats and guinea pigs. You can also buy produce supplied by the animals at the farm shop!
1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA -