Our Top Picks for…Hackney, East London
Hackney in East London has become one of the most sought-after areas for internationals and entrepreneurs. It is well connected to the rest of London, easy to reach by central line from Bethnal Green or Overground despite having kept the rougher charm of the East. First creatives moved in, followed by some heavy weight chefs making it the place to be for some amazing dining, drinks or to simply to enjoy your weekends. Long-time neglected by London visitors, we believe it is time to point out some of our absolute favourites. Got some spare time while on business? Book yourself a table, have a glass of wine or go for a stroll through nature. East London got something to offer for everyone. Pick your favourite!
For some proper dining experience…
One of East London’s legends and long-established top picks. The food is simply delicious, the set-up is too cool to miss and the vibe has been extraordinary from the beginning over a decade ago. Book your table to avoid disappointment, especially on the weekends and get there early to enjoy a drink at the bar.
23-27 Wadeson Street
London E2 9DR
The Clove Club
Michelin-starred cuisine at the border where Shoreditch creeps into the real Hackney. Go there for a special experience. It’s a no fuss restaurant so do not expect fancy interior, but that’s not what matters here. It’s all about the food and believe us - you’ll forget anything else.
The Clove Club
Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street
London EC1V 9LT
For a decent glass of wine…
Sager + Wilde
Located directly on Hackney Road, this wine bar has become a legend in no time. The industrial and rustic design and the changing menu of wine by the glass makes this bar a must-visit when in London. Go there for a refreshing white or rose on a summer day and sit outside on little tables or go all-in and spend an evening sampling and tasting the best wine you’ve had in a long time. We promise.
Sager + Wilde Wine Bar
193 Hackney Road
London E2 8JL
Set up by two young Austrians with vast experience in wine, this bar/shop has become one of London’s top secrets (actually not so a secret anymore) for top wine from Austria provided by young winemakers, disrupting the scene. You’ll also find a wonderful collection of wine from a variety of countries. Not sure what to get? Peter and his team will help you find your next favourite wine.
5 Dalston Lane
London E8 3DF
For a Saturday morning stroll…
Broadway Market and London Fields
The place to be on a Saturday morning for the locals and everyone else flocking into East London. Full of delicious food stalls and the best coffee you’ll find anywhere close, Broadway Market is small, relaxed and laid back. Get coffee at Climpson & Sons, fresh bread at Pavilion Bakery, buy fresh fish at Fin and Flounder, shop sustainably at 69b Boutique, and just taste your way through all the culinary offering. For a sit-down, breakfast or early aperitif head to the beginning of the market and try to get a space outside at Market Café.
2 Broadway Market
London E8 4QJ
Regents Canal and cinnamon buns at Fabrique Bakery
Looking for a refreshing walk? Head down to Regents Canal and make your way westwards to Angel and Islington. It will take you approximately an hour from Broadway Market to Angel Station. For a fuelling stop, head down Kingston Road to Fabrique Bakery and get London’s best Swedish cinnamon buns.
Arch 385, Geffrye Street
London E2 8HZ
For a relaxing Sunday afternoon…
Columbia Road Flower Market
It is one of the places every Londoner will recommend you to visit on a sunny Sunday. The most beautiful flowers and plants you’ll find in London, ducked away into Hackney, surrounded by little boutiques and coffee shops to get your caffeine and flower fix you didn’t know you needed. Get there early in the warmer months to avoid the crowds. Oh, did we mention you can sample some fresh oysters there too? For great bargains, go after 3pm and you can negotiate at almost every flower stand.
Columbia Road Flower Market
London E2 7RG
Victoria Park and your sporty outdoor fix
Looking to spend your Sunday afternoon in the park, but want to avoid Hyde Park? Go East and visit Victoria Park, one of London’s biggest parks. Rent a boat and paddle your way around the pond. Enjoy some great coffee and cake at Pavilion Café or book yourself a tennis court and hit the ball for a sporty fix. Less crowded, full of Londoners and Hackney’s international crowd, it is the perfect spot for some relaxed downtime.