If you’re looking for somewhere to get your creative juices flowing, then Hackney Wick is the zenith of all things artsy, musical and colourful.
There’s an abundance of street art and converted warehouses used by creative-types who love nothing more than getting their Macs out and their music on. Hackney Wick has undergone huge development over the last two decades, largely thanks to to the Olympics.
Fish Island – formerly a sprawl of industrial units and distribution warehouses – is now a hip, canal side community of artists and creatives. Hackney Wick was also once known for being home to more artist’s studios than anywhere else in Europe. Located in between Victoria Park and Hackney Marsh, there’s plenty of green space to enjoy, while the crowning glory – Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – is packed full of activities and wide open parklands for visitors to enjoy.
Historically, this industrial hub was home to printers, publishers and manufacturers and the canal was a busy waterway for businesses transporting goods. Now it’s the land of digital marketers, graphic designers and creative folks. The London 2012 Olympics turned this area into a tourist destination, helped to regenerate dilapidated industrial buildings and encouraged the development of new homes.
The beauty of Hackney Wick for house hunters however aren’t the impressive restaurants, river side bars and graffiti art – it’s the accessibility. Once a hard to reach corner of the city, the arrival of London Overground put those endless bus journeys to rest. With new developments popping up all over the area, wide availability of government-backed schemes like Help to Buy and Shared Ownership are great options for first time buyers looking to set down some East London roots.
Hackney Wick (London Overground): Stratford 6 minutes approximately. City 22 minutes approximately. West End 24 minutes approximately.
A number of well connected bus routes.
The Roasting Shed: This is a fantastic small batch coffee roastery, where coffee is life and life is coffee!
Lets Do Brunch:
Grow: Described as an independent bar, kitchen and creative space, enjoy ethically sourced and sustainable produce while you take in the live music and a canal side location.
Long Live The Weekend:
Mason & Company: This craft beer bar is part of the Five Points Brewing Company – a Hackney-based independent brewery committed to flavour. The beer is excellent and the Italian American street food is out of this world.
Crate Bar and Pizzeria: Beer and pizza served in an upcycling heaven of converted railway sleepers, crates (of course) and ladders turned into functional (and surprisingly comfortable) seating. A great spot for a unique night out.
Number 90 Bar: This canal side spot is everything. A giant disco ball, eclectic wooden décor, a huge terrace and live music get you in the mood for the delicious food and copious selection of drinks.
Step aboard the Alfred Le Roy and enjoy a canal side cruise with uber cool cocktails and the ultimate bread and cheese from E5 Bakehouse and Neal’s Yard.
Wild And Free:
Wetlands Walk, Wick Woodland, Hackney Marshes, Mabley Green, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Hackney WickED art festival: A celebration of art, culture and outdoor fun; this festival serves as showcase for local artists and is jam packed with pop ups, activities and performances.
Fish Island Labs: A beautifully designed coworking space geared towards nurturing and promoting emerging artists.
Stour Space: A home for all things artistic and creative, this space holds exhibitions, events and performances as well as offering food and drinks by the canal.
The Yard Theatre: A theatre and musical venue located in a converted warehouse, there’s always something contemporary to watch and something cool to listen to.
Hackney Wick Boulder: Fancy experiencing the dizzy heights of Hackney Wick? Get yourself to this indoor rock climbing centre, scale a wall, come down and grab a slab of cake for afters.
Strong and Bendy: Every type of exercise for every type of person, from cardio to cat poses, kettlebells to core conditioning. If you don’t like group classes, check out the personal training sessions instead.
Lee Valley VeloPark: A must for cycling enthusiasts and sports fans alike, who wouldn’t want to have a turn on the iconic veldorome track?
London Aquatic Centre: Three huge indoor swimming pools, a state of the art gym and a creche for kids. Lots to love about this place.
Copper Box Arena: Having played host to numerous Olympic events, this arena has a gym, holds fitness classes and community activities.
Fun Fact For All You 90's Kids:
For ten years, The Lock-keeper's cottages at Old Ford Lock were used to film The Big Breakfast. The three cottages – which were converted into a single house for the show – were compulsorily purchased as part of the Olympic Stadium development plans for the 2012 Summer Olympics. As of 2017, the cottages have remained intact despite their 200-metre proximity to the stadium.