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Haggerston Area Info

Haggerston Area Info

Haggerston is a small but perfectly formed village in East London located on the A10 between Dalston, Hoxton and Bethnal Green. One of the more commonly overlooked areas for homebuyers and tenants in the London Borough of Hackney, it showcases its Georgian and Victorian terraces and beautiful parkland with quiet aplomb. Walking through the residential back streets it is clear that Haggerston takes great pride in the area with clean, un-cluttered pavements and well-kept buildings.

The Regents Canal passes right through the centre of Haggerston adding to its beauty and un-assuming charm as well as attracting wildlife and narrowboat users. Kingsland Basin located behind Kingsland Road is surrounded by a tasteful mix of new build apartments and converted warehouses and there are also a small number of permanent moorings inside the Marina for boat owners to apply for. Visitors to the marina are also welcome to moor up, explore the area and grab a pint and a bite to eat before continuing on their journey. Keep an eye out for the floating allotment barge in the marina!

In the 1990s a number of Haggerston’s older and more dilapidated housing estates were torn down or refurbished and some derelict commercial areas were transformed into private gated communities. The re-opening of the new, relocated Haggerston Station in 2010 also encouraged movement into the area, but in general house prices have remained slightly lower than the neighbouring areas. For buyers and renters alike, Haggerston is certainly a jewel in East London’s crown – albeit a very modest one.

Things To Do In Haggerston

Haggerston has gained a reputation for excellent breweries and taprooms. Two notable names are The Fox Craft Beer House on Kingsland Road and Signature Brew on Acton Mews - under a railway arch by the Regents Canal. Gin lovers, if you fancy a go at brewing your own - legally - then pop into 58 Gin also on Acton Mews. A fully immersive two and a half hour gin experience is on offer here, including the history of the tipple and the opportunity to sample some of their own range along with some nibbles before taking home a bottle of your own creation.

A relaxed, inclusive fun night out is guaranteed at LGBTQ+ pub and nightlife hot spot The Glory on Kingsland Road. Live entertainment including cabaret, Drag acts, live music, DJ and loads loads more. A great atmosphere and a warm welcome are guaranteed.

Haggerston Park is a 6-hectare Green Flag award winning park which has a small but notable nature reserve, a children’s playground and a scattering of football pitches. The park is also home to Hackney City Farm which is open all year round but closed Mondays, apart from Bank Holiday Mondays. They have a very wide range of different animals and you can pre-book a petting or grooming session online. Eggs laid daily by their chickens and honey from their own bees can be purchased fresh from their shop. Entry to the farm is free.

Broadway Market is a popular thriving Victorian market spanning the area from Goldsmith’s Row as it crosses the Regents Canal, all the way along to Lansdowne Drive. Traditionally a fruit an veg market, it faced closure in the late ‘80’s following a steep decline in interest. But thanks to a substantial level of Council investment and mounting pressure by traders from as far afield as Borough, Smithfield and Camden Markets, the market was re-launched in 2004 with a very clever makeover. Now regularly patronised by roughly 150 traders and young entrepreneurs, the market is now very much part of the fabric of Haggerston. So much so that the waiting list for stalls is pretty much permanently closed! You can find everything here from fashion, jewellery, artisan food and drink, fresh produce, flowers and books. So, grab a coffee and a burrito from Yorkshire Burrito or an éclair from Floris Bakery and take a stroll.

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History of Haggerston

Hergotestane is how Haggerston appears in the Domesday Book - possibly a Viking name - but that had transformed into Haggerstone by the 19th century, and it was by then a thriving community of canalside factories, small industry cottages and homes.

The popularity of the area grew at an alarming rate after the station was opened, and was at risk of overcrowding. The local baths were opened in 1904 in an attempt to improve the standard of public health and cleanliness.

Although Haggerston did suffer some bomb damage, much of the area was, thankfuly, spared. The remaining 19th century buildings and houses still stood until town planners took aim and destroyed what were actually structurally intact terraces. The last round of demolition took place as recently as 1978. What happened after that – although met with derision by residents, still lamenting their beloved lost terraces – helped turn Haggerston into the unique and quirky area it is today. A wide array of designs and construction styles sprung up with highly extravagant creations standing cheek-by-jowl alongside more modest styles.

Industry in Haggerston concentrated on the furnishing, French polishers, carpenters and the art trades, and since the 1930’s this remained stable. However with new homes and commercial development bringing fresh interest in the area, the prices began to rise, pushing businesses further out east. Students have been priced out of nearby Shoreditch and Hoxton in favour of cheaper Haggerston, and similarly tech startups have been attracted to Haggerston rather than Silicon Roundabout at Old Street, causing it to be known – rather unfairly – as Hackerston.

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