Guide to Hackney


Probably the most iconic fixture of Hackney is the ever versatile Hackney Empire. Its many iterations have been as a music hall, a television studio and even a bingo hall before its rebirth as a theatre in 1986. Famous names appearing here include Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and The English Touring Opera Company but these days the focus is more on comedy, music, children’s theatre and their legendary Christmas Pantomimes.


Mare Street is the place to go for a healthy choice of restaurants and eateries. With Vietnamese, Italian, Chinese and other European cuisine offered, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Shopaholics need not worry, with both high street names and independent boutiques at your disposal here.


Commuting from Hackney couldn’t be easier. Many of the Overground stations now have step-free access for disabled passengers, and journey times to Liverpool Street from Hackney Central or Hackney Downs are under 15 minutes with onward connections via the Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City Lines as well as National Rail services all running from Liverpool Street station.



Different cultures and ethnicities are proudly represented here, with at least 6 different languages being spoken from an ever increasing population of over 260,000 people.