While staying at the Montcalm Luxury Hotel London, one of the top hotels near Finsbury Park Square, you’ll likely be interested to explore all the city has to offer. And why not? London is one of Europe’s most diverse cities with fascinating neighbourhoods to explore and buzzing new areas of the city popping up all the time.
Hackney is a forward-thinking, quirky area of London with a character all its own! Whether you’re looking to visit one of Hackney’s markets or experience its many unique shops and eateries first hand, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out more about this bright spot in the capital…
History of Hackney
Hackney’s name dates all the way back to the 13th century derivation of ‘Hackenaye’, meaning ‘marshland’. For several centuries, it was completely rural. The Hackney Marshes are all that remains of this early history today however. The expansion of the railways soon brought new settlers, industry and jobs to the area. After seeing many of its historic buildings destroyed in the Second World War, new properties sprang up and post-war prosperity has continued to build in this fun-filled borough.
Eating and Drinking in Hackney
Hackney is known for its arty, inviting bars and gastropubs, including:
• The Prince George in Dalston - offering a chilled out vibe to traditionalist pub-goers.
• Kenton pub in South Hackney - known for its mixture of antique interiors and modern aesthetics.
• The Cat & Mutton in South Hackney - an urbanites dream pub.
Must-See Days Out in Hackney
1. Broadway Market
Consistently voted one of the best markets in London (and believe us, there’s some stiff competition), Broadway Market is huge. It runs from London Fields all the way to Regent’s Canal. Every Saturday, the food on display is equally as vast and as eclectic as you might expect from Hackney. Bakeries, fishmongers, butchers, cheesemongers, grocers – everyone’s peddling their very best products, providing delicious fare for every taste. With around 80 stalls and a great community atmosphere, a visit to Hackney isn’t quite complete without stopping by.
Find out more at www.broadwaymarket.co.uk
2. Hackney Empire
Why not pay a visit to the famous Hackney Empire? Built in 1901 by renowned architect Frank Matcham, Hackney Empire’s Grade II listed façade and interior have been lovingly restored to reflect its unique heritage and the challenges of high class 21st century entertainment. Once the stomping ground of Charlie Chaplin, these days the Hackney Empire’s cultural contributions burn just as brightly as the venue carries on into the new millennium.
3. Hackney City Farm
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city by heading off the beaten track to pet some baby goats, meet some lambs, or take part in one of the many classes on offer for visitors. Everything from adult pottery to lessons in allotment maintenance makes this an unusual but delightful day out.
Find out more at www.hackneycityfarm.co.uk