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Hackney Central & Hackney Downs

The beating heart of the borough, Hackney Central is where residents come to marry, register births and deaths, and celebrate their citizenship.

Visitors, on the other hand, could come simply to marvel at Grade II-listed Hackney Town Hall's iconic Art Deco design.

But the area has much more to offer. Grade II*-listed Tudor manor property Sutton House is Hackney's oldest domestic property, located behind St John-at-Hackney Churchyard.

Then there's the world-renowned Hackney Empire theatre, which dates back to 1901 and - in its music hall days - hosted legendary performers like Charlie Chaplin.

On the other side of the Town Hall Square is Hackney Museum, where the borough's rich heritage is explored in a permanent exhibition on the history of its immigrant communities. And just across the road is Hackney Picturehouse, which screens blockbusters and art house movies.

Turkish, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese and other restaurants line the high street and Narrow Way, while trendy cafes and microbreweries are popping up on Morning Lane.

Wilton Way has become a fully-fledged hipster hotspot with cafes, restaurants and independent boutiques. While if it's high fashion you're following, head to Hackney Walk where you'll find well-known brands.

When it comes to nightlife, Hackney Central has become a destination for live music lovers, with initimate venues bringing some top name acts to the borough.

From humble beginnings, Space has stepped up to the world stage, with work produced within its studios exhibited at international arts fairs, London's Tate and Serpentine galleries, and the Fourth Plinth.
Aquascutum is another British heritage brand with a presence in the Hackney Walk shopping district.
In 2009, a railway platform in Hackney became the site of a not-for-profit, artist-run, reading room and contemporary arts space.
The Boxing Academy is an award-winning charity with a mission to change the lives of young people, aged 14 to 16, in danger of educational exclusion.
Bronx is an independent men's clothing store, located on Mare Street, focusing on urban and street wear.
The Burberry outlet was the first luxury brand to open up in Hackney Central. Since then it's become a go to destination for fashion fans, searching for a quality product at a discount price.
This community-led centre, off Mare Street in Hackney Central, offers a range of affordable daytime and evening activities that aim to promote wellbeing.
This quirky coffee shop with friendly staff and free wifi, is to be found under the bridge just yards from Hackney Downs railway station.
This independently-run gym in Hackney Central hosts a variety of live and virtual exercise classes, from intensive strength training to spin.
This Folli Follie outlet store, which can be found in the Hackney Walk shopping district, bills itself as an 'international lifestyle fashion brand'.
Traditional men's outfitters, Gieves & Hawkes, has an outlet store in the Hackney Walk fashion district.
Hackney Attic is on the top floor of Hackney Picturehouse, in Mare Street, yet has carved out its own identity as an events space with a bar.
One of the borough's major green spaces, Hackney Downs first opened as a public park in 1884.
Hackney Downs Studios off Amhurst Road is a former industrial estate that has been transformed into a creative community hub.
Hackney Empire, on Mare Street, is the borough's oldest theatre and an iconic local landmark.
Hackney Museum explores the borough's local history through the stories of all those who have made it their home over the centuries.
Hackney Picturehouse has the latest digital and satellite technology for 3D and live screenings plus there's three bars, music and events, a street level café opening on to Mare Street and workspaces.
Set in a 4,000 sqft former print works, Hackney Showroom is a large, flexible cultural venue based in Hackney Downs Studios.
Hackney Town Hall is the heart of civic life in the borough and the council's iconic flagship building.
Hackney Wick FC was established in 2015 with the aim of becoming the borough's first official team.
Hai Ha is a longstanding Vietnamese eat-in, takeaway and delivery restaurant in Mare Street.
The second Hackney branch of the JD Sports chain which specialises in branded trainers, casual sportswear and accessories.
Luxury fashion brand Joseph has an outlet store in the Hackney Walk fashion district.
Kip in Hackney Central pitches itself as a low budget hotel with high quality design values and monochrome interiors.
Lardo is a tremendously popular Italian restaurant in Hackney Central which serves a simple range of pizza and pasta all using carefully sourced ingredients.
MoreYoga's latest studio, located within walking distance from Hackney Downs train station, features a full timetable of yoga sessions.
Moth Club is a live music and clubbing space in the heart of Hackney Central that's played host to everyone from Lady Gaga to Jarvis Cocker.
The Nike outlet store is a key anchor tenant in the Hackney Walk shopping district in Hackney Central.
The Old Ship is tucked away down a long corridor-style entrance off Mare Street, which opens up to reveal a hidden gem of a boozer.
Bar, kitchen, venue and club in the heart of Hackney.
This cute and inventive cafe in Clarence Road combines an old style social club, complete with analogue record library, and good coffee.
Vintage boutique/cafe by day, bar/music venue by night Paper Dress is a unique space in Hackney Central.
The Pembury Tavern is a welcoming local with a bewildering range of real ales, craft beers, ciders and lagers never before seen in London.
The Pringle outlet store in Hackney Walk sells the heritage brand's ever popular range of cashmere knitwear.
This local branch of Snappy Snaps in Mare Street is a one stop shop for all your photographic needs.
The Spurstowe Arms sits on the corner of ultra fashionable Wilton Way, tucked away between Hackney Central and Dalston.
The current building dates from 1797, but St John-at-Hackney Church has been at the heart of borough life since 1275.
St Augustine's Tower is Hackney's oldest building, the last surviving part of the original parish church which was demolished in 1798.
Grade II*-listed Tudor manor property Sutton House is Hackney's oldest domestic property, located off Homerton High Street.
Tonkotsu's second Hackney branch arrived as part of the revival of the Narrow Way shopping area.
Budget hotel brand Travelodge opened its first Hackney outpost just off Mare Street as it's an ideal jumping off point to visit some of the borough's key attractions.
A small independent bakery with a shop/cafe in Wilton Way and a Broadway Market stall.

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