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.