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Living in Hackney

Haca's Eye is the term that the name derives from, meaning "raised ground in marshland." I know what you're thinking - Hackney? Marshland? Well back before we were growing beards, getting funny haircuts and living the jet-set lifestyle that we all do in 2017 (like, way before) Hackney was a rural area. It wasn't until the arrival of the railway line and the Iron Bridge that the area began being built up. Hackney Marshes act as a great reminder of the areas roots.

Renting

Hackney has become a lot more popular with renters over the last ten years. It's gone from being a budget place to rent in London to one of the more expensive places thanks to its reputation for attracting trendy young hipsters and artists. People flocking to the area due to the rising prices of Central London resulted in a gentrification that is sometimes criticised... but this hasn't stopped people moving to Hackney, or the new businesses that pop up from thriving.

Travel

Hackney Central is on the Overground - commuters change at Canonbury for trains to Shoreditch High Street for the City. Hackney Downs and London Fields have trains to Liverpool Street. Those who prefer to take the bus have the 48 to Liverpool Street and London Bridge, the 55 to Oxford Circus, 106 to Whitechapel, 227 to Canary Wharf and many more! All stations are in Zone 2 and an annual travelcard to Zone 1 costs £1,296.

Restaurants and Bars

Rawduck: is the brainchild of the same people who brought Ducksoup to Soho, focusing on seasonal cooking, flavours and health. It's very current, with fermented and pickled foods along with many drinks all created in-house. Based in London fields, food is available all day, from breakfast to dinner.

Cat and Mutton: Quail Scotch Eggs are the pick of the starters and mains include Steak Sandwiches, Grilled Mackerel on Toast and Burgers with thrice-cooked chips.

Platform Bar: If you like the atmosphere and intimacy of a small house party with friends coupled with a licensed bar and a modern European menu to choose from, then Platform Bar at Netil House is for you. Live music and DJs appear regularly and the outside terrace provides nice space for a breather.

Crate Brewery: Who doesn't like a micro-brewery these days, right? Crate Brewery offers the fantastic combination of craft beer and pizza; the original perfect food and drink combo. The funky industrial style space is perfect for a chilled out get together with a big group of friends and stuffing your face.

Things to do

Victoria Park: Standing for 170 years, Victoria Park is one of London's oldest parks. The best feature here is the traditional old English gardens and the fountains. Get off the train at London Fields for a traditional English afternoon.

Hackney Empire: This theatre was built in 1901 and has been through a number of identity changes over the years. It's been a theatre, a burlesque house, a bingo hall and a theatre once again. These days you can catch plays, dance acts, live music and stand-up comedians amongst other things at the Empire.

London Fields Lido: When the sun comes out in the summertime then why not head to this Olympic-sized, heated outdoor swimming pool, with sunbathing areas. You'll forget you're even in central London!

Broadway Market: Broadway Market runs from London Fields to Regent's Canal. The real selling point of this Saturday market is the food. Have your pick of organic meats, fish, oysters, fruit and veg and much more. Local cafes and bakeries showcase their best offerings and the aromas around the market adds to the atmosphere. There's something to satisfy all the senses on Broadway Market in Haggerston.

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