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Haggerston Area Info

Haggerston Area Info

Squeezed between Shoreditch and Dalston and almost merged with Hoxton, Haggerston had long been overlooked as a specific area, considered more of a thoroughfare between one east London hotspot and another. But not anymore, because this small but perfectly formed village is starting to get a reputation as a seriously great place to live. With it’s lovely Georgian and Victorian terraces, beautiful parkland and stunning waterside setting (the Regent’s Canal passes right through its centre, attracting wildlife and narrow boat users alike), Haggerston is a place full of unassuming charm.

Things first started to turn a corner for once-neglected Haggerston with the arrival of the London Overground line in 2010. Not only did it jumpstart the area’s acclaimed food and art scene, it also brought in young professionals who now saw the area as easily commutable.

As well as period properties, the area also boasts a tasteful mix of new build apartments and converted warehouses, which are especially evident around the Kingsland Basin. In general, however, house prices here have remained slightly lower than neighbouring areas.

Haggerston and Hoxton Overground stations have trains to Shoreditch High Street, Dalston Junction and Highbury & Islington while trains from nearby London Fields station will take you into London Liverpool Street in just seven minutes. Haggeston has a two outstanding Ofsted rated primary schools on the doorstep, the Queensbridge Primary School and the Hackney New Primary School. At secondary level, there’s the well-regarded Haggerston School, which has a good Ofsted rating.

Things To Do In Haggerston

The stretch of the Regent’s Canal that passes through here has become affectionately known as the Haggerston Riveria, home to numerous cafes, restaurants and bars, as well as all manner of art studios. One of our favourite places is the Towpath, an all day eatery that spills out into the open, offering everything from coffee and olive oil cake to cheese toasties and onglet steak and chips.

The railway arches of the Overground also play host to a number of excellent eateries and cafes, including Signature Brew, just one of the excellent breweries and taprooms in the area, that specialises in bringing great music and beer together. Also under the arches, you’ll find the 58 and Co gin school, which offers a fully immersive, two and a half hour gin experience that includes the history of gin making, samples and nibbles as well as the chance to create your own blend to take home.

If, after all that imbibing, you’re in need of some fresh air, then head over to Haggerston Park, a 6-hectare, Green Flag award winning urban oasis, with a nature reserve, children’s playground and several football pitches. You’ll also find here Hackney City Farm, a proper, working farm with a good range of animals, plus a shop selling freshly laid eggs and honey from their own bees. Be sure to stop by the excellent on site Frizzante Café, serving hearty home-cooked food, largely made from the meat, fruit and vegetables produced by the farm.

From here you have easy access to Broadway Market, once a thriving Victorian street market that fell on hard times in the 80s. However, after a clever makeover in 2004, the market has once again found its footing as a bustling hub selling a fabulous array of fresh produce, vintage clothes, flowers, coffee, books and groceries. There’s also plenty of street food, including Deeney’s toasted sandwiches, Finest Fayre’s Scotch eggs and Bahn Mi’s Vietnamese baguettes - all so utterly delicious it’s impossible to resist.

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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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