The former home of Idris Elba, Colin Firth and even Edgar Allen Poe, the buzzing borough of Hackney truly has something for everyone.
Thirty minutes from central London, Hackney is an East End neighbourhood with lots to do as well as easy access to the city centre. It's on the East London line (known as the Ginger line) and numerous bus routes pass through the area.
Popular with creative types, Hackney is full of art, from street art to street fashion and is often the first with the latest craze. It's also home to many families and young professionals who are attracted by the good local schools and the short commute into the City and Canary Wharf.
There is a real mix of property types in Hackney, with Victorian and Georgian homes sitting alongside canal-side apartments and new builds. For this reason, the area appeals to a variety of homeowners, from first time buyers and downsizers, through to growing families looking for a London home with a garden.
Despite its accessibility, much of the attraction for locals is the feeling of being away from the hustle and bustle of the capital when it’s time to switch off, not to mention the very real sense of community.
The borough is made up of multiple neighbourhoods, each with its own unique character. Shoreditch, Hoxton, London Fields and Dalston are all known for their nightlife and creative industries. London Fields lido is a hot spot during the summer, while Hackney City Farm makes a great family day out. At the weekend, Broadway Market has everything you could possibly want, from traditional jellied eels through to tapas and sourdough pizza.
So whether you’re a keen swimmer, a budding artist or have a young family in need of room to grow – it’s all happening in Hackney.