Welcome to Hackney Wick, the vibrant and ever-evolving neighbourhood that has a long, rich history of industry, enterprise, manufacture and trade. These days, the borough is teaming with craft breweries, independent restaurants, and, according to a recent poll in Time Out, is ‘London’s coolest neighbourhood’.
Nestled between the tranquil canals and the energetic streets, Hackney Wick is a playground for artists, foodies, and anyone seeking a good time.
Embrace Nature at the Hackney Marshes
It’s not all about bars and pubs in Hackney – the neighbourhood boasts expansive green spaces, parks (58 if you’re counting), and the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get out in the great outdoors at Hackney Marshes. This sprawling green oasis offers a sanctuary of tranquillity and serenity. Take a stroll or rent a bike to explore the winding paths, picnic by the riverside, or simply soak up the sun while enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
Unleash Your Inner Olympian
For the sporty souls hankering for an adrenaline rush, Hackney Wick has you covered. Head to the nearby Lee Valley VeloPark, the Olympic venue where cyclists conquered the velodrome during the 2012 London Games. This is your one-stop cycling location – home to four cycling disciplines in one location plus a VeloStudio for fitness and training. Choose from cycling the track in the velodrome, test your skills on the BMX circuit or tackle the mountain bike trails.
Get Hoppy at Hackney Wick’s Taprooms
It wouldn’t be a Hackney Wick list without throwing in some breweries and taprooms. If its American-style craft beer you’re after, make a beeline for Old Street Brewery and Taproom. The team are all about fusing big flavours with a cowboy spirit, and have a pretty special selection of brews, such as the Hazy Pale IPA. Howling Hops Brewery and Tank Bar brew bold, modern, uncompromising, flavoursome, and generously-hopped beers. Its taproom features 10 tanks, with the taps pouring beer directly from them. CRATE Brewery is a Hackney Wick OG, and Mammoth Taproom, which brews its beer at Hackney Bridge, is also another good shout.
Enjoy a Culinary Tour
When it comes to delicious fare, Hackney Wick knows how to deliver. Barge East, a floating restaurant on the River Lea, excitingly showcases local ingredients. For an upmarket spread, Cornerstone by Tom Brown champions seafood and produce-led Modern British cooking (it won a Michelin star in 2021 for good reason). Grotto Trattoria, sister restaurant to Mele e Pere in Soho, is all about good pasta and good wine, while over in Hackney Bridge Kitchens get your international street food fix – think South Indian curries, Neapolitan pizzas and Filipino BBQ.
Discover the Waterways
Hackney Wick is blessed with picturesque waterways that offer a serene retreat from the city. Moo Canoes help you make the moo-st (sorry) of the canals and is home to paddleboards and a fleet of cow-printed canoes that you can hire for the afternoon or the day. Take a gentle paddle along the River Lea, and be sure to check out some canal-side venues along the way. Side note: don’t drink and canoe.