Living in Hackney Wick, East London
Canalside culture, plenty of waterfront bars and restaurants combined with some of London’s best street art. Hackney Wick is a vibrant and distinctive part of London with a long and rich history and a world class reputation for encompassing a creative quarter.
Property in Hackney Wick
Galliard Homes is proud to present Wickside: a brand new seven-acre, canal-side neighbourhood coming to Hackney Wick, East London. The development will see the creation of around 500 homes, comprising of a mixture of apartments, penthouses, garden studios and terraced houses. Reflecting the area’s history as an artistic hub, the site will also be home to creative studios, an art gallery and a large brewery - making it perfect for both creatives and young buyers.
History of Hackney Wick
Dating back from the 19th and early 20th centuries, Hackney Wick was one of the oldest industrial sites in London producing materials such as dye, waterproof cloth, petrol and printing works. As the production lines decelerated following the war, artists and creatives made Hackney Wick their home. The awarding of the Olympics Games to London in 2005 kick-started the transformation of Hackney Wick taking a once derelict industrial estate, disconnected from the rest of London, into a new social hub.
Places of Interest
Food and Drink
Due to the current circumstances, some of the sites mentioned below may be temporarily closed or have restricted opening hours.
With a thriving community and fantastic location, there are plenty of independent bars and restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a great night out or just some good food and drink, here are some local choices:
Fancy dining on board a 118-year-old Dutch barge, or relaxing in one of the largest outdoor riverside dining venues in East London? Barge East has you covered with some great food and a spectacular location on the River Lea. The restaurant even grows its own produce in the gardens and has recently introduced a fresh produce market on weekends which showcases the finest produce from fruit and veg to cheese and bread!
Number 90 Bar
Great, locally sourced food coupled with an events programme that celebrates the best music, art, comedy, film and theatre makes Number 90 Bar and Kitchen a fantastic night out.
The Breakfast Club
Breaking the first rule of Breakfast Club, everyone is talking about Hackney Wick’s all-American eatery. Start your day right with some delicious pancakes, breakfast burritos or a morning mimosa. Despite their name, they also serve lunch and dinner.
Randy’s Wing Bar
The famous UK home of chicken wings - at Randy's Wing Bar you’ll find an unrivalled selection of wing flavours, loaded fries, sides, burgers and cocktails. They even serve a chicken wing afternoon tea!
Mother is a vegan café that aims to bring accessible, organic, plant-based food to everyone. They have a simple-but-tasty menu of salads, soups and sandwiches and even a weekend BBQ menu.
Natura Café & Pizzeria
Natura brings a taste of Italy to Hackney. With their ingredients sourced straight from Italy, they have a massive range of tasty pizzas as well as classic pasta dishes.
This trendy café/bar serves up local coffee and pastries during the day, whilst its canalside location and fantastic happy hour makes it a popular place to unwind after work. You can also enjoy regular live music events, comedy shows and film screenings at White Post.
This Michelin-starred seafood restaurant is run by celebrity chef, Tom Brown. With a daily changing menu, Cornerstone's Instagram-worthy dishes are equally as tasty as they are aesthetically pleasing.
Four Quarters combines nostalgic arcade games, such as Space Invaders and Pacman, with tasty pizzas and an impressive selection of craft beers and classy cocktails. Recently rated number one on the Standard’s list of London’s top happy hours, this old school bar is a guaranteed fun night out.
Located under the iconic Hackney Wick sign, PEARL is a perfect spot to grab a coffee and, with its all-day menu and selection of craft beers and cocktails, who knows how long you’ll find yourself there!
Serving the perfect combination of beer and pizza, there’s no wonder this is one of East London’s worst kept secrets. Choose from a selection of Crate’s own beers — brewed in the on-site tap room — or a wide range of beers sourced from breweries around the world.
Entertainment and Events
Skeeters Axe Throwing
Enjoy a unique night out and perfect your axe throwing skills at Skeeters, conveniently located just a five-minute walk from Hackney Wick station.
The Yard Theatre
Experience theatre and live music events at this converted warehouse.
Community and Culture
Hackney WickED is an annual art festival which aims to promote local artists and engage the public with up-and-coming and established talent. Over the weekend there is also some great live music, performances, film and pop-up shops and food.
A community centre, run by The Yard Theatre, located in the heart of Hackney Wick. It’s a place for neighbours, young people and for creative ideas and provides a home for the local community.
With Europe’s largest shopping centre just across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Westfield Stratford City. Shop till you drop in over 200 shops, including Zara, H&M and New Look, and then enjoy a bite to eat at one of their 86 eateries. There are also some great entertainment venues such as a cinema, bowling lanes, a casino and baseball batting cages.
If you’re looking for designer labels, head to Hackney Walk, a luxury shopping outlet located just a 30 minute walk from Hackney Wick station. Previously unused, 12 Victorian railway arches are now home to leading fashion labels including Burberry and Anya Hindmarch.
Hackney has one of the largest areas of green spaces in inner London with around 58 parks, and you won’t have to travel far from Hackney Wick to find some fantastic green space, which is flanked by three Green Flag award winning parks.
Home to 82 football, rugby and cricket pitches, Hackney Marshes is the place to head if you love outdoor exercise. It provides great changing facilities as well as a café and roof terrace.
Known as ‘the People’s Park’ to locals, there’s plenty to explore at Victoria Park. Set over 218 acres of land you’ll find tennis courts, a bowling green, cricket pitches, fountains, cafes, lakes, an adventure playground and a splash pool. There’s also a Sunday Market and summer music festivals. With so much to see and do, you’ll discover something new with each visit!
Did You Know?
Hackney Wick once had more studios and artists per square foot than anywhere else in the UK.
Hackney Wick is close to the A12, which runs from the Blackwall Tunnel through Essex to Suffolk.
Hackney Wick is served by the London Overground, taking commuters into Stratford in three minutes Clapham Junction 56 mins Richmond 60 mins.
For international travel, London City Airport can be reached by car in 20 minutes or around 35 minutes via train.