Get to Know Hackney
One of the most developed districts in Southeastern London is Hackney. The borough was formed in 1965 after the district of the same name was united with Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. Hackney’s coat of arms pays tribute to the land’s historic heritage by including the symbols of the Knights Templar and the Knights of St John. In our article, we have listed some information and facts about the district, that can be useful to you. You can check the Royal Cleaning offers for Hackney after you are done reading.
The borough is located in the Northern part of Inner London, above the river Thames. The average attitude is 30 meters with its highest point being at Stamford Hill and the lowest near the river Lea.
With its 19 square kilometers, Hackney is quite small in comparison to the other boroughs of London. However, the density of its population is above the average for England.
The district is surrounded by the boroughs Haringey, Waltham Forest, Newham and Tower Hamlets. The cool local climate is perfect for those who dislike extremely hot or freezing cold weather.
The name of the area was mentioned for the first time in the 13th century. Some historians know Hackney translates to “the island of Haka” - a settlement named after its leader. The definition is related to the usage of river Lea by the Saxons as a border, that defined the separate territories.
With its many routes and location close to the capital city, the Hackney district was an important connection between London and Northern England. This lasted from the Middle Ages to the 1850s, when the railway was created.
In the middle of the 20th century, there was an increase in the population because of the postwar migrations. That is when a lot of the buildings from the Victorian and the Georgian eras were converted into modern households.
The major traffic way of the borough is Stoke Newington Road, which lies on the A10 British Highway. It leads towards Stamford Hill to the North and Kingsland to the South. The other two big British highways are the East Cross Route and the Great Eastern Street with the former lying on the East border while the latter is on the South border.
Most of the railway stations serve the Overground. The three directions in which you can travel are determined by the North and the East London Lines as well as by the Lea Valley Line. Manor House is the only station of the Underground, which is in the Northwestern corner of Hackney. You can get there by driving along Green Lanes.
246, 270 people spend their lives inside the borders of Hackney. Most of the population is from the UK, with 60 percent being born in England. With over 12 000 representatives, the Black Africans are the largest minority.
There are no demographic issues, as the middle age is 32 and most of the residents are under 30. Despite that, the marriage rate is low, because many prefer being on their own. Less than a quarter from the locals are married and one seventh live with a partner, while more than 45 percent are still single.
When it comes to religion, every four out of ten people are Christians, which makes them a majority. Muslims are coming in second and Jews in third place, with 14 and 6 percent respectively. Over a quarter have distanced themselves from any religious believes.
One of the local buildings is St John’s at Hackney Church, founded in 1790. Over the years, many parts of the church were demolished and reconstructed, with the bell tower being the only original structure remaining to this day.
Another religious building is the Hackney Pentecostal Apostolic Church. The structure consists of a main hall with a triangular roof and two towers on each side of the entrance.
Hackney Empire is the center of entertainment. Originally built as a music hall in 1901, over the years it was transformed first into a television studio and some time later into a bingo hall. After a reconstruction at the start of the 2000s, the venue became a theater. Since then, it has been hosting various performances such as pantomime, comedy shows, live concerts, musicals and even electronic projections.
Arcola Theater is also worth visiting. The community venue opened in 2001 and still uses the building of the former paint factory. The place allows unknown local artists, no matter if they are actors or musicians, to share their own performances with the public.
In Northern Hackney you will find the shopping center known as Boxpark Shoreditch. Founded in 2011, it introduced the concept of the pop-up mall as the first of this kind. The spaces for the shopping stores and the food eateries are made from refitted shipping containers. The idea is to give talented service providers from all over Britain a working opportunity. Aside from delicious meals and products of top brands, the live events are the other features of the pop-up mall.
The main route in the center of Hackney is Mare Street. It goes through the Southeastern part of the district. Along the way you will find many stores and restaurants, the best of which are centered in one place, to form the Mare Street market.
There are more open public spaces in Hackney, than in any other borough. The Clissold Park has probably the best features for children. The large animal enclosure puts forest wildlife on displays and the aviary has different kinds of bird species. The park is located below the Hackney City Tennis Club, where you can play at the open courts.
With its play areas and playgrounds, Stonebridge Gardens is the place to go for a picnic with your friends or your family. The feature it is best known for is the large mosaic snake sculpture. The park is next to the Haggerston Overground station.
Hackney Downs is an urban park, that is great for walking your dog outdoors. Sports enthusiasts can go there to take advantage of the football fields, the basketball courts and the athletic track.
Restaurants and Diners
At Little Georgia Hackney you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Georgian era. The cafe has a collection of vintage artefacts and the dishes are simple, but delicious.
The lovers of spicy Spanish food and the Mediterranean kitchen, can go to Tuyo. The tapas, the monk fish and the octopus are some of the traditional delicacies you can try.
What makes the Oslo Hackney restaurant unique, is that the building was a railway station in the past. Aside from the European kitchen, the venue offers live music performances as well.
Having a drink at the Axe is another option. The pub serves not only a good selection of beer but cocktails as well. You can sit either at the bar or the outdoors area.