Whether you want to book a space at a Michelin-starred supper club or take a dip in a hot tub with 360° views of the city, Hackney Central is one of the coolest places in London to spend an evening or two. Boasting everything from all-day cafés that turn into late-night drinking dens to Scandi warehouse DJ sets, whether you're looking for food, music, coffee, cocktails, or even a game of croquet, this achingly cool east end hangout has got it covered. Here are a few of our favourite Hackney hotspots…
WHERE TO EAT
Hackney is a hub of trendy eateries, and with two Michelin stars under its belt, there’s every reason to venture east to sample its tasty wares. Pidgin is the first Hackney hangout to be awarded a coveted star, and if you previously attended their ever-changing supper club – The Secret Larder – you’ll know exactly why they won the award. Now serving up a four-course set menu that changes weekly, the friendly supper club ambience remains, but its new permanent residency means, thankfully, it’s definitely here to stay.
52 Wilton Way, Hackney E8 1BG
Hill & Szrok
Butcher's by day, but as soon as night falls, Hill & Szrok transforms into Broadway Market’s busiest dining spot, with an endless queue. An intimate setting – there are only 25 seats and they don’t take bookings – if you can handle the wait, you won’t be disappointed. Every cut of meat is cooked to perfection on the charcoal grill or spit roast. The high-end blackboard steaks come highly recommended, and the wine selection is expertly paired to match the flavours of your dish.
60 Broadway Market, London Fields, Hackney E8 4QJ
From the cool, warehouse-style décor to the addictive slices (they churn out crisp-based pizzas for the glitzy, mirror-clad oven), there’s nothing not to like about this hipster Italian hangout. Favourites on the menu include black anise pepperoni with mozzarella and rocket, and lardo with spinach and egg; but their ever-changing roster of pizza creations mean there’s always a newbie to surprise and delight.
197-201 Richmond Road, Hackney E8 3NJ
A one-stop-shop for work and day-to-night drinking, Martello Hall is east London’s newest late-night haunt, providing a creative space during the day for freelancers to hot-desk in style before transforming into a glamorous drinking spot in the evening. Head downstairs to the restaurant, where stone-baked pizzas and slow-cooked meats are served up in spades, and once you’ve finished, there’s a collection of gin-based cocktails that are too good to pass up.
137 Mare Street, Hackney E8 3RH
Patty & Bun
Be prepared to queue for Patty & Bun’s unrivalled burgers, but once you’re in, you’ll be there for the long haul. The new outpost, positioned next to Rawduck and Lardo on Richmond Road, boasts diner-inspired style, with big communal tables and a buzzing atmosphere; plus, there's outdoor seating to enjoy during the balmy summer months. Tuck into classics like their Ari Gold cheeseburger or their Greek-inspired Lambshank Redemption, served in a toasted brioche with buttermilk baby courgettes, pickled aubergine, cumin aioli and crumbly feta. Perfect hangover food.
205 Richmond Road, Hackney E8 3NJ
One of Hackney’s most exciting new openings last year, all-day café, bar and restaurant Ellory has gone from strength to strength, offering Hackney-ites another reason to jump on the foodie bandwagon. The brains behind the operation are ex-Mayfields and Pidgin chef, Matthew Young, and and ex-Spring and River Café, Jack Lewes, so expect big things. The cooking is ambitious yet simplistic, with flavour combinations that are full of intrigue. Notable mentions include baby squid on the plancha with guindilla peppers and Thai dressing, pork chop with lentils, sauce ravigote and greens and violet aubergine with miso and basil.
Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney E8
If you’re after a quirky breakfast joint, Rawduck is a failsafe. The slick interiors reflect Hackney’s cool and quirky vibe, and the menu shows there’s substance as well as style. Tuck into an array of creative concoctions including harissa eggs on charred sourdough with Greek yoghurt and coriander; toasted rye with smoked mackerel, miso butter and dill-infused cucumber; and curried potatoes with salt beef and double fried egg.
197 Richmond Road, Hackney E8 3NJ
One of Broadway Market’s hottest new restaurant openings, Tuyo specialises in Mediterranean and Levantine-inspired dishes, served up 'pinchos' style, on small plates and designed to share. The restaurant is set at the end of Broadway Market overlooking the canal, so food comes with a fantastic view.
129A Pritchard’s Road, Broadway Market, London Fields, Hackney E2 9AP
Wringer + Mangle
Another seriously cool brunch spot, Wringer + Mangle’s weekly changing menu features an array of tasty dishes. Favourites include spicy sweet potato and sweetcorn hash with poached egg, and the legendary Wringer + Mangle full English breakfast with maple syrup cured bacon, Cumberland sausages, eggs your way, tomatoes, black pudding and homemade baked beans, all washed down with bottomless Prosecco. Once you’ve had enough fizz, try one of Wringer & Mangle’s signature Hoxton Gin cocktails – they’re seriously tasty.
Wringer + Mangle Bottomless Brunch, £15, available Saturday & Sunday12pm-6pm; 13-18 Sidworth Street, Hackney E8 3SD
WHERE TO DRINK
The Cat & Mutton
Sitting proudly at the helm of Hackney’s enduring popular Broadway Market, this buzzing bar mixes up delicious food in a cosy, retro setting, with a late-night music scene to boot.
76 Broadway Market, London Fields, Hackney E8 4QJ
If the killer cocktails and cool New York vibes don’t lure you into this dimly lit drinking den, then its sister venue, Kansas Smitty – an underground jazz bar – is bound to get you in the mood. The cool basement venue has its own in-house band and plenty of speakeasy-style fun on offer.
63-65 Broadway Market, Hackney E8 4PH
This cool east London rooftop is perched on top of Hackney’s Netil House. Boasting panoramic views, hot tubs, a croquet lawn and a spacious roof-terrace bar, this is a hipster hotspot during the summer months.
1 Westgate Street, Hackney E8 3RL
Climpson & Sons
Tucked away in Broadway Market, this coffee shop has a no-frills attitude and helpful blackboard notes on the coffees (some very strong) that are created in the roastery nearby. Get your early morning caffeine fix, before taking a stroll along Broadway Market’s stretch of bustling food stalls.
67 Broadway Market, Hackney E8 4PH
Hackney’s coolest bar-cum-kitchen-cum-club, Oslo has a Scandi warehouse vibe and knows how to throw a serious party. A multi-destination for food, drinks and music, daytime is a laid-back affair, complete with a delicious range of Nordic-inspired brunch and lunch plates, whilst the evening attracts a more raucous crowd, with live music and DJ sets playing well into the early hours.
1A Amhurst Rd, Hackney E8 1LL
Hackney hipsters flock in their droves to this cosy East End boozer, which is nestled on the edge of London Fields and right in the middle of Broadway Market. During the winter, the wooden clad walls and roaring fire provide sanctuary, with a good selection of board games to while away an afternoon. Whilst in summer, drinkers spill out onto the streets to soak up the rays. Be sure to sample the incredible Sunday roast.
24-28 Broadway Market, London Fields, Hackney E8 4QJ
WHAT TO DO
Get Your Culture Fix At Hackney Empire
Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Marie Lloyd all took to the stage at Hackney’s former music hall, and whilst it’s primarily used as a popular theatre and panto haunt, Hackney Empire also opens up its doors to some big names in the music industry. It’s a gorgeous setting to watch a live performance, with stalls and balconies overlooking the main stage and impeccable acoustics.
291 Mare Street, Hackney E8 1EJ
Visit Broadway Market & London Fields
Every Saturday, Broadway Market is taken over by swarms of foodies, eager to taste their way through every street food stall, while the parks come alive with families and groups of friends as they picnic and enjoy the sun.
Stock Up On Deli Treats At L'Eau à la Bouche
A food lover’s dream, stock up on everything from Camembert and freshly baked baguettes to charcuterie boards and artisan pastries at this rustic French deli. There’s a sit-in café that serves up a mean sandwich, quiche and salad selection, too.
35-37 Broadway Market, London Fields, Hackney E8 4PH
Picnic in Victoria Park
As one of the oldest public parks in London, this is somewhat of a favourite for Hackneyites. Much less raucous than its sister space London Fields, you’ll find canal boats, rowing boats, stretches of greenery, and the Pavillion café serves up some top-notch grub – if your picnic attempts turn out a disaster.
Grove Road, Hackney E3 5TB