Hackney wouldn’t be complete without its lesser-known resident: Haggerston. Often overlooked, the area boasts incredible places to eat, drink, shop and soak up the infectiously-vibrant atmosphere of East London.
Read on to find out about some of our favourite spots in the area that’s now home to our latest development, located just off Hackney Road.
~ Unripe Banana, Hackney Road
What better way to start the day than with a creamy coffee and flaky pastry? At Unripe Banana you can have both and save the world a little bit at the same time; it’s all vegan.
~ Fabrique Bakery, Geffrye Street
This bakery brings with it a Scandinavian twist, serving cardamom buns to die for as well as smooth, aromatic coffee.
~ Hackney Coffee Company, Hackney Road
After tasting coffee brewed amongst the rural hills of Colombia, owners and life-long friends, Jon, James and Kevin, wanted to bring it back to the East End. With speciality blends and a foliage-filled cafe, it’s easy to spend a few hours working away here.
~ Site London, Columbia Road
Grab a coffee at Site surrounded by minimal, yet vibrant, art pieces. We suggest trying a matcha latte and one of the owner’s homemade vegan cakes.
~ Cafe 12, Hackney Road
This cafe specialises in supplying a friendly, warm atmosphere with home-made, healthy and hearty recipes. If there’s nothing on the menu that immediately takes your fancy, feel free to ask the chef to whip up something special.
~ The Premises, Hackney Road
The cafe at The Premises is becoming just as famous as the recording studio it’s attached to. They serve all-day breakfasts (with free cups of tea before 11am every weekday) surrounded by musical nostalgia.
~ Birdcage, Columbia Road
After the flower market on Sundays, head to Birdcage on Columbia Road. They’ve got some of the best smashed avocado, eggs and granola in town, all washed down with a Bloody Mary. Come back later on for their famous foot-long pork scratchings.
~ Window, Hackney Road
At Window, funnily enough, you can buy your coffee through a window and carry on with your journey. Handy. Inside you’ll find they’ve also got their famous chocolate brownies and sourdough toasties on the menu.
Health & Beauty
~ Stretch, Columbia Road
For a cosy, family-run yoga studio flooded with natural light, head to Stretch. The instructors learnt their skills from teachers all over the globe and have classes for newbies as well as all different types of yoga. They believe yoga should be accessible to all.
~ Rockalily Cuts, Kingsland Road
This salon offers a hair styling experience to remember in what they believe is ‘London’s cutest salon’. The décor is reminiscent of the 1950s but the vibrant hair colours that leave the shop are definitely not stuck in the past.
~ Crème Beau-Le Salon, Mare Street
For a trustworthy beauty salon, try here. Providing waxing, nails, spray tanning, facials and threading, they’re constantly getting booked up with customers returning time and time again.
~ John Birchall, Columbia Road
Mr Birchall not only has 20 years of hair styling under his belt, but he has an incredibly impressive client list. In his salon you’re sure to receive five-star treatment.
~ Morito, Hackney Road
A restaurant influenced by Southern Spain, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. Each day they offer set mezze lunch menus that are often changing – so if you love it as much as we think you will, you can go back soon enough!
~ A Portuguese Love Affair Deli Cafe, Hackney Road
These guys aim to bring the best of Portugal to London. Their mouth-watering menu features finger foods such as their delicious cod croquettes, salads and toasties, as well as cheese and meat boards to share.
~ The Virgin Queen, Goldsmiths Row
A recently-restored pub by Remarkable Pubs, serving top-notch fish and chips with London craft beers and wines. Take a seat by the open fire and tuck into one of their famous fish finger sandwiches.
~ Frizzante, Hackney Farm
Frizzante offers a range of rustic and locally-sourced lunches including pastas, salads and tasty daily specials. The café emulates an Italian agriturismo: a farm restaurant that serves dishes using produce grown in their fields.
As well as Broadway Market there are heaps of shopping opportunities in the area. We’ve picked out some of our favourite independents.
~ Choosing Keeping, Columbia Road
If you’re a lover of stationary, take a look inside this whimsical shop. Their wares include stylishly-designed office equipment, marbled notebooks from Japan, as well as a whole range of aesthetically-pleasing mechanical pencils.
~ CRAFTNDRAFT, Hackney Road
It’s no secret that craft beers have become hugely popular in recent years. Right next door to our Hackney site you’ll find this small-but-perfectly-formed shop and bar that has plenty of unique finds.
~ Lozi Designs, Hackney Road
Lozi create furniture designs out of plywood that are full of personality. Elegantly minimal and environmentally-conscious, every piece is made to order each client’s needs.
~ Milagros, Columbia Road
The owners of Milagros work directly with craftsmen and workshops in Mexico to source beautiful tiles and glassware that have been featured in Elle, as well as in many famous restaurants and hotels across the globe.
~ Henri, Hackney Road
Henrietta Adams’s clothing designs are both ethically-sourced and comfortably-tailored. Cut from organic cotton and hand-woven fabrics, any item you choose is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe.
~ Hackney City Farm, Goldsmiths Row
This small farm aims to give children living in the city a chance to interact with farm animals close to home. They have chickens, goats, pigs and donkeys to name a few, as well as an on-site restaurant and garden.
~ Columbia Road Flower Market
It’s hard to think of a more colourful and lively sight than the flower market held every Sunday, come rain or shine. The street is also one of the only roads in the country made up purely of independent shops.
~ The Old Bank Vault, Hackney Road
This is your one-stop-shop for exhibitions, intimate music performances, pop ups and workshops. Head over to their website to see what’s in store.
~ The Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road
The museum explores home life from 1600 to the present day. Entry is free into the gardens and museum where you’ll also find a cafe to grab a coffee and slice of cake.
Hackney City Farm
~ Marksman, Hackney Road
With seasonal ingredients bought straight from the farmer, the meals at Marksman are plate-lickingly good. Not to mention the beautiful restaurant interior was created by renowned designer Martino Gamper.
~ Campania & Jones, Ezra Street
Campania & Jones is known for its authentic Italian cuisine that includes a freshly-made pasta each day and a to-die-for beef ragu. It’s hard not to feel right at home in the cosy atmosphere.
~ The Laughing Heart, Hackney Road
These guys serve European small plates influenced by many parts of the globe. Each dish is best paired with one of their artisanal, specialty wines.
~ Brawn, Columbia Road
As well as sourcing their seasonal ingredients and wines from sustainable, organic farmers, Brawn make sure that their menu is constantly changing. The Mediterranean small plates and homemade bread are sure to leave you wanting to come back for more.
Late night drinks
~ Sager + Wilde, Hackney Road
This bar boasts a selection of fine wines and snacks that changes every day ‘depending on what new and crazy stuff we are into and what cellars we raid’. Sit back and relax in the cosy surroundings of exposed brick walls and wood.
~ The Royal Oak, Columbia Road
After spending the day in Hackney, head to The Royal Oak for a pit stop. They’ve got all the classics and you can even grab a bite to eat right up until 10pm.
~ ABQ London, Hackney Road
Try an immersive cocktail-making experience at ABQ London if you’re a fan of Heisenberg, Jesse or drinking cocktails. There’s a reason that almost everyone who goes here rates it five out of five stars but you’ll have to find out for yourself.
~ Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Hackney Road
This bar features an Alice in Wonderland themed cocktail lounge with a basement venue for DJ sets, theatre events and parties. Pull open the giant mirror and step into another world.
The Royal Oak
We hope you’ve got a good idea of just how much there is to do around our new development in Hackney. If you’d like to find out more about the building(s) we’re planning, please click here and keep your eye on our social media channels for updates.