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For the scene that sums up Hackney today, just visit London Fields on any sunny weekend. It seems as if the whole world has decamped to this triangular patch of grass, firing up disposable BBQs, chucking frisbees around, parading their dogs, and drinking endless cans of cider. Some people may have shunned London Fields due to it’s over-popularity but it’s still about as east London as it gets here.

At the southern end of London Fields is one of the city’s best streets, Broadway Market. Here you’ll find some classic pubs, The Cat and Mutton and the Dove, as well as shops, cafes, and restaurants. And on Saturday there’s the incredible – if incredibly busy – food market which is always worth a visit.

There’s plenty more to discover around around the neighbourhood including the amazing Empire theatre and Picturehouse cinema, Hackney City Farm, and The Museum of Childhood.


89 Mare St, London E8 4RU, UK

A restaurant, bar, deli, coffee shop, liquor store, Stranger Than Paradise record shop, a Rebel Rebel florist, a podcast recording studio and a pop-up space…..Barworks’ Mare Street Market has got the lot, so you can pop in for brunch, a cocktail, a record, a wheel of cheese or a bunch of flowers.


Pophams Bakery, Richmond Road, London, UK

After winning a legion of fans in Islington for their Insta-worthy pastries – especially THAT bacon maple Danish – Pophams have opened up a second, much bigger site in Hackney. Taking over the old Raw Duck site, the space has a lot more space which means a lot more pastries. As well as sweet pastries such as the nectarine and custard, and the exceptional almond croissant, there’s also savoury options like the rosemary and sea salt twist, and the now legendary marmite Danish. And just to prove they can do much more than just beautiful pastries, Pophams also have an evening menu serving freshly rolled pastas such as pig cheek tortellini and nduja scarpinocc.


16, 17 Bohemia Pl, Mare St, London E8 1DU, UK

Craft brewery and bar St John at Hackney Brewery has taken over two arches near Hackney Central, with one housing all the brewing gear and the other home to the bar and kitchen, with a large al fresco terrace. As well as fresh beer from the brewery tanks, the bar will also feature beer from around the world, and they’ve got a series of street food residents in the kitchen. Named after the nearby church, and with old pews in the bar itself, it’s a great little spot to sink some beers.


441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN, UK

This brick-lined pub, which dates back to the 1850s, may be on the small side but they’ve packed in an enormous selection of Irish whiskeys and poitin behind the bar as well as a contemporary cocktail menu, punch sharing bowls and local brews on tap. Dark and atmospheric, it’s everything you want a pub to be.


2-18 Warburton Road, London, E8 3FN

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.

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Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB, UK

The Institute of Light has managed to fit a bar, a restaurant, a pop-up record shop and a cinema inside one of the railway arches near London Fields station. They have a rotating series of kitchen takeovers that often align with their cinema programme, which is always a great mix of new releases, foreign flicks and classics. You can rent sofas for two and even have food brought to you during the a screening.


West Side, Hackney, London E8 3EU

London Fields | London On The Inside

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!


Victoria Park, Grove Road, London, United Kingdom


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…


Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

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.


291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ


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.



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.

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67 Mare Street, London, Greater London E8 4RG, England, UK

If you’re looking to spice up your lunch, Caribbean Kitchen is the place to go. They serve up a range of Caribbean classics, including jerk chicken, jerk pork, ackee & saltfish and curry goat, and they don’t skimp on the portions either…a box of jerk chicken, rice & peas and salad will set you back a fiver and will defo fill you up, and their jerk burrito is a monster too. Vegans are also covered at Caribbean Kitchen thanks to their Ital menu…the chickpea and sweet potato curry is bangin’.


Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH


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.


2 Arthaus Building, 205 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ

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.

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76 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ

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.

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Cornerstone by Chef Tom Brown, Prince Edward Road, London, UK

After learning his trade under Nathan Outlaw, both in Cornwall and in London, Tom Brown launched his first solo spot, Cornerstone, in 2018.

Designed for sharing, dishes are priced between £8-£14 and include raw mackerel with lime pickle, coconut yogurt and crispy garlic; marinated squid with black pudding, blood orange and a brown butter dressing; and ox tongue served with salt cod, tomatoes and gremolata. Desserts are epic too – pear crumble with earl grey ice-cream and coffee ice-cream sandwich served with a banana, pecan and rum sauce.

There are strong links with Cornwall both through the sourcing of the fish and a partnership with Cornish distillery The Wrecking Coast who have created a bespoke gin exclusively for the restaurant. You can find out much more about Cornerstone by listening to our interview with Tom Brown on our Yes Chef podcast.



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.

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483 Hackney Road, London, E2 9ED


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?

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218 Graham Road, London E8 1BP, United Kingdom


Because Fish & Chips is still seafood. And when it comes to chippys in the capital, Sutton & Sons is definitely up there with the best. With its award-winning fish & chips available in Islington and Stoke Newington as well as Hackney, the menu also features the likes of oysters, moules marinere and crab on toast plus Mrs Sutton’s homemade pickles and desserts.

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411 Mare St, London, E8 1HY


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…

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Morning Lane, London E9 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…

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1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1ll

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.

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Ground Floor Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ

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.


1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA

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!


10 Morning Lane, London E9 6NA, UK

Vegan fried chicken. Yep – it’s a thing. The “chicken” is actually made from seitan, which is wheat gluten deep-fried and seasoned just like the real thing. You can get it as a chicken burger, a wrap, wings and as a two-piece with fries, and they even do gluten-free nuggets too. Trust us, vegan or not, this meatless joint is worth the visit.


Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 3BS, UK

Eat, drink, shop – with 1.2 million square feet in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Here East is a place for all your needs. You can find everything from coffee shops to street food to craft beer here thanks to the likes of Gotto Trattoria, Randy’s Wing Bar (we recommend going Gangnam style here), The Breakfast Club, Mason & Company and Shane’s on Canalside.


177 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH, UK

After starting life as a series of pop-ups, Nest put down their first permanent spot on Morning Lane. The set menu, around the £30 mark, is incredible value for the quality of food on offer. It changes regularly but we’ve had dishes like fermented cabbage with caraway; brown shrimp with finely chopped cucumber; onion broth with Lincolnshire Poacher dumplings; a steamed pudding of meltingly soft lamb, seaweed and cockles; and a bread and butter pudding ice cream. YUM.

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54 Courtney St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia

If you’re looking for a hit of Greek sunshine in Hackney, head straight for Isle of Olive. This Greek deli, just off Broadway Market, is home to a huge array of Greek products, including olive oil, wine, dried pulses, dried herbs and cheeses. You can get a taste of it all too with their lunch menu, which can feature everything from spanakopita to Greek salads to toasties. Be warned, you’ll want to buy it all.


224 Homerton High St, London E9 6AS, UK

The Spread Eagle opened up as London’s first 100% vegan pub. With the goal to keep tradition alive whilst keeping up with the modern times, everything in the pub – from food and drinks to fixtures and fittings – is plant-based and sourced sustainably where possible. The pub opens its doors to all, including families and dogs. So get ready for some bangin Mexican style vegan street food, grab the family and the dogs, and check out this one-of-its-kind pub.


7 Roach Road, London E3 2PA, UK

Home to 40 different creatives and being a multi-functional venue, Stour Space has a cafe & bar with a floating outdoor terrace on the River Lee. The cafe serves up a pretty bangin’ brunch menu, with everything from a Full English to a vegan tofu bap, and a pretty sweeeeet collection of homemade cakes and pastries. In the evening their attention turns to booze, with local beers, wines and cocktails on the menu and over the weekend the party atmosphere usually kicks in with DJs and live bands too.


63 Hackney Road, London E2 7NX, UK

Whilst the name might put a few people off (lets face it we’ve all been butchered at a hair salon before and it wasn’t a good look!) there’s actually nothing at all to be scared of at Butchers salon. Using only Aveda products, they offers loads of services minus the loads of harsh chemicals. Everything they use is good for your hair – and for the planet!

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242 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA, UK

HWDK looks the bomb, with bright white walls, clean lines and a black ceiling. It’s a smart place with an arty edge though without the pretentiousness, you’re made welcome and your experience there is important.The man behind the magic of all this is Ki, who spent many years working in fashion with his Hurwundeki label, clients of which were none other than Gilbert & George, Kate Moss & Pete Doherty. With his speciality being 30 minute haircuts, its the perfect place to drop in for a quick wash and a cut – and leave chuffed with your new ‘do.

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14, 15 Bohemia Pl, Mare St, London E8 1DU, UK

After popping up all over town, Night Tales has finally settled down with a perm spot in Hackney Central. Taking over two railway arches by the overground, it’s got a 300-capacity nightclub,, an agave bar specialising in mezcal cocktails and a Japanese garden complete with day beds, a waterfall feature and an outdoor Asahi bar. NT faves Sons of Slice are back serving up the pizza with new yakitori grill Fat Baby (headed up by Greg Round, ex-Pitt Cue and Umu) dishing up a range of Japanese drinking food.


13 Morning Ln, London E9, UK

Alistair Maddox, who used to run Broadway Market for 10 years, teamed up with chef Nick Iacovides to create Silver Lining, a restaurant that offers something familiar and a little different, with quality food and amazing wine. It’s modern cool with an old-fashioned vintage approach brought up to date with a playlist to match. The menu is all about small plates – the curry and chips is a must (obvs) and we massively rate the sea bream ceviche and the buttermilk fried chicken with jerk glaze.

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11A Morning Ln, London E9 6ND, UK

And the award for the best cocktail menu goes to… Every Cloud. It’s by far the most creative menu we’ve read, erm, ever! Every Cloud is a neighbourhood cocktail bar on Morning Lane in Hackney, right next door to their restaurant, Silver Lining (see what they did there. They take quirky cocktails to the next level, both in terms of their ingredient combos but with the actual words on the actual menu. Take a look and you’ll see what we mean.

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316 Queensbridge Rd, London E8, UK

After finding success with Oldroyd in Islington, Tom Oldroyd took on the Duke of Richmond in Hackney, turning what was The Richmond back into a boozer, with a separate dining room area. The food is Anglo-French (though it changes) meaning you’ll get dishes like Cornish crab souffle, entrecote a la bordelaise, and ratatouille Provençal with cow’s curd & garlic bread. There’s a French wine list to choose from, but it’s still at pub at heart, so there’s a lot more booze to keep you going.

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The Dundee Arms, Cambridge Heath Road, London, UK

It wasn’t long ago that this pub was rough as a badgers arse, so to speak. Mainly down to being the closest pub to York Hall, where many a boxing fight goes down. HOWEVER it’s still one of our faves because it has an edge. It’s old school, a proper pub. It smells like a pub, feels a like a pub and serves cold beer and banging toasties. And upstairs you’ll not just find the toilets but a barber shop, how about that.


68 Greenwood Rd, London E8 1AB, UK

It doesn’t look like much from the outside but that’s all part of the charm of this boozer. There’s a big horseshoe bar and some trippy paintings on the walls – what’s that banana one all about? It’s a fave with Hackney locals, especially on the weekends, thanks to the decent pub grub menu and the atmosphere is always on point too.


The British Lion, 193 Hackney Rd, London E2 8JL, UK

The original Sager + Wilde wine bar on Hackney Road can be credited with kickstarting a new breed of wine bars across London. It’s still one of London’s best, dark and cosy with a great selection of wines by the glass at non-ridiculous markups. As well as being a great place to discover and drink new wines, they also knock out one of London’s best cheese toasties, plus charcuterie and other nibbles. One of our all time faves.


207, 1 Westgate St London Fields E8 3RL

NT’s probably doesn’t jump out as a rum bar and well it’s not really, but it does have a surprisingly good selection behind the bar – we’re talking 30+ bottles and they shake up a mighty fine Piña Colada. And with bangin’ views, it’s perfect if everyone else you know hates rum.


1 Westgate Street, London, London Borough of Hackney E8 3RL, United Kingdom

Netil House is home to the eco-friendly Glasshouse salon. The minimal interiors are intsa-worthy and so is the hair you’ll come out with. Staying ahead of the trends this salon will give you a fresh new look without all the fuss.

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67 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH, United Kingdom

Climpson & Sons have been roasting beans in London for years, so it comes as no surprise that they serve up one of the best cups of coffee in town. It’s a chilled out spot during weekdays and you won’t be able to resist ordering a pastry too!


6 Gunmakers Lane, Bow, London, E3 5GG

Not only is The Peanut Vendor the perfect place for a coffee stop on a walk around Vicky Park – they get their house beans from The Barn and only source other varieties from small roasters, so you know they’re taking it seriously – but it’s also a homeware showroom, so you can browse around for the perfect side table whilst enjoying your brew.


137 Mare St, London E8 3RH, United Kingdom

What once was once the trendy, hipster London Fields pub now stands Martello Hall. An all new singing and dancing cocktail bar and restaurant with their own brand gin distilled on-site, handmade in the US by John Chapple, called Nicola and it makes their fine Martello Gin. You’ll find her on their back bar. This place is set over three floors with an airy and modern with an industrial feel…you know the drill, exposed brick, lots of rusty looking metal. Alright, enough gasin’ just order at the bar, thank you.


224 Graham Rd, London E8 1BP, UK

Scout, the low-waste cocktail bar from Matt Whiley, may have moved from Old Street to Hackney but the philosophy remains very much the same. There’s no fancy decor, no crazy drinking vessels and no waste so all your attention is focused on the flavours in the cocktails. The serve a small selection of bottled classics like vespers and negronis (done the Scout way of course) alongside more inventive cocktails made with in-house ferments and seasonal ingredients from the UK. The Scrimsaw, made with gin, algae dry vermouth, fino, sea essence, sea lettuce and razor clam, gives you an idea of what to expect.


7 Morning Ln, London E9 6ND, UK

If you just catch a glance of WhiP as you walk past, you’d be forgiven for not realising it’s a hair salon straightaway. With a mix of second-hand furniture, plants, a set of decks and a stash of vinyl, it looks likes (a very cool) somebody’s lounge – it’s only the retro barber chairs that give it away. WhiP is an organic and eco-friendly boutique salon and they take the eco thing seriously, stocking vegan products from Evo and Oway, having refillable bottles for shampoos and only serving vegan bevvies.

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19 Sidworth St, London E8 3SD, UK

Created by Royal Ballet-trained dancer Stephanie Burrows, POPfit combines pilates, plyometrics, yoga and dance into routines set to loud pop music, so you get the best bits of each of these disciplines, without the need for any equipment, and you get to have a laugh too. The classes range from Popfit Signature (cardio, strength and stretching) to POPfit Yoga to POPfit Barre to POPfit Dance Cardio. Word on the street is that Kate Hudson and Melanie C are fans, and if it’s good enough for actual Sporty Spice then it’s good enough for us.


277 Hackney Rd, London E2 8NA, UK

Tom Anglesea, who you may have seen on Great British Menu, is in charge of the food at The Laughing Heart, which is broadly modern British with a few Asian influences dotted across the menu – yuzu and shiso with Cornish mackerel and a Sichuan creme brulee for example. You can let the kitchen choose your dishes for you with the carte blanche option or go it alone, either way you’re in for a great meal because it’s all killer, no filler. Aside from being a great restaurant, with a very cool dining room, The Laughing Heart is also a wine bar and off-license – the list here is long so defo ask the staff for some guidance – and it’s open late too, so it’s the place to come if you’re not ready to call it a night yet.


8 Monohaus, 143 Mare St, London E8 3FW

Whether you want a burrito and a margarita or some more inventive Mexican dishes, Caldera is the place to go. The Mare Street spot serves up all the classics like nachos, quesadillas, enchiladas and tacos – the baja fish tacos are particularly good, chunky pieces of fish with a smokey kick, though you do have to eat them quick or risk the filling dropping out. And if you go by during the day, they do a £5 burrito lunch offer. It’s also worth trying out some of the other, more inventive plates; the mole-miso marinated lamb cutlets are insanely moreish and you will find yourself gnawing at them to get every last bit of flavour off. You’ll also find yourself scraping the pot of dulce de leche dip that comes with the churros and that’s ok too.