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London Fields Area Info

London Fields Area Info

London Fields is part of the London Borough of Hackney and is ideally placed in relation to the City, Islington, Shoreditch and Hoxton. Property in the area was deemed cheap until the millennium with prices growing steadily ever since. Until 10 years ago homes in De Beauvoir, which is closer to Islington, were more expensive than London Fields. Over the last decade there has definitely been a shift, with London Fields now outperforming its more centrally located neighbour.

During this time, conservation areas have been established along with a real sense of community. London Fields traditionally draws a creative crowd who work in new media, art or fashion, although with improvements to the East London Overground line, an increasing number of residents are employed in the City and at Canary Wharf.

Things To Do In London Fields

If you like food and socialising, then head to Broadway Market on a Saturday. Lined with quaint cafes, pubs and music shops but the main attraction is the market itself. A range stalls offering worldwide delights and antiques. From freshly cooked burgers, cakes, cheeses, breads and coffee. The produce is varied with some traditional British treats along the way.

Broadway Market also hosts two of the areas most popular pubs in the Cat & Mutton and The Dove. The Dove is one of our favourites and offers a wide and varied selection of Belgium beers, over 20 in total at last count.

Beyond the market there are many more pubs worth a mention. Pub on the Park is a great summer venue, large decked areas with direct view across the Fields f mean that its hard to grab a table beyond 6.30pm, even on a week night. The Prince Arthur in Forest Road, The PrinceGeorge in Parkholme Road and the Spurstowe Arms in Greenwood Road are also worthy locals.

Green Flag-award winning London Fields park has something for everyone, from a play zone and paddling pool for families, to a BBQ area, tennis courts and London's only 50-metre heated outdoor pool, the London Fields Lido.

For any creatives among us, Netil House started life as an abandoned college and council offices and has since been transformed into a thriving community of over 90 studios with around 300 residents. Home to musicians, filmmakers, painters, acrobats, writers, fashion designers, graphics companies, a cafe, a music venue, a hair salon, a market, the list goes on.

One last mention has to go to E5 Bakehouse on Mentmore Terrace, East London's artisan bakery and coffee shop. Definitely worth a visit, our personal favourites are the brownies! London Fields Brewery and Happy Kitchen can also be found here.

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History of London Fields

Records show that in 1540 the area that is now London Fields was as common pastureland adjoining Cambridge Heath. By the late 1500's the name London Field is found recorded as a separate item consisting of around 100 acres in changing ownership of land. London Field was one of the many 'commonable lands' of Hackney where the commoners of the parish could graze their livestock on the fields from Lammas Day (Anglo Saxon for bread mass), August 1st, celebrating the first loaf after the crops had been harvested, to Lady Day, March 25th. This arrangement was known as Lammas Rights and was protected by law.

In the 19th century, Hackney was transformed beyond imagination. Its population surged from close to 13,000 in 1801 to nearly 200,000 by the early 20th century, carved up by railways, factories and canals. Formerly a series of disjointed villages outside London, Hackney was gobbled up by the metropolis becoming part of inner-city suburbia, an identity it retains to this day. City bank clerks, notaries and solicitors changed the face of the area, the wealthier middle classes ran for the hills, turned off by the endless sweeps of terraced housing.

During the 1980's Hackney resident Tony Blair claimed it introduced him to the 'society of fear' where people were petrified of opening their doors. The Blair's were just one middle-class family who'd taken a gamble and moved to Hackney in the mid-1980s, triggering both regeneration in the community, creating a wave of other middle class families returning to the area. They set about restoring multi-occupation Georgian and Victorian houses into single-family use, bringing history full-circle.

Today Hackney and in particular London Fields, are cultural and social hotspots. The emergence of the farmers organic food and antique market in 2003 along Broadway Market every Saturday and the independent shops and cafes around it, is provideed the catalyst for its recent popularity along with the extension of the East London which made London Fields more accessible via Stations in Haggerston and Dalston.

Now bursting with conservation areas, action groups and superb facilities including London Fields Lido a 50 metre open-air swimming pool, London Fields is one of East London's most desirable address'.

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