A little bit of history
Hackney's history dates back to pre-Roman times, and between the Tudor and Georgian periods it was a rural retreat for London's nobility. The 1850s arrival of the railway brought an end to the area's rural way of life, and industrialisation, post-war development and immigration have all had a major impact on the area. These days Hackney is officially one of London's greenest boroughs, and is filled with surprisingly grand and beautiful tree-lined streets.
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There are 25 conservation areas and 1,300 listed buildings in Hackney, including the medieval Grade I-listed St Augustine's Tower.
Hackney is home to several markets. On Saturdays Broadway market is incredibly popular; it's full of delicious treats, vintage clothes and handmade gifts. Chatsworth Road Market in Clapton on Sundays is great for gifts and bric-a-brac. Then there's Ridley Road Market in Dalston, a traditional market, selling anything and everything. Beyond the markets there are so many interesting, independent shops in the area, we barely know where to start. Gift shops are big. As are vintage clothes shops, craft shops and the odd pop-up store. However a few of our highlights include FARM:shop on Dalston Lane, an organic store and café with produce growing before your very eyes, and chickens roaming on the roof. Borough Wines ' also on Dalston Lane ' is a fantastic wine shop, with it's own restaurant (see below). And Pages of Hackney on Lower Clapton Road is a fantastic little bookshop with very friendly, informed and helpful staff.
THESE DAYS HACKNEY IS OFFICIALLY ONE OF LONDON'S GREENEST BOROUGHS, AND IS FILLED WITH SURPRISINGLY GRAND AND BEAUTIFUL TREE-LINED STREETS.