Hackney, in east
London, forms part of inner London and has a population of over
208,000 people. Hackney has a very diverse ethnic population which
makes for a vibrant area of London. In recent years locals have
should increased satisfaction levels with the borough and the
council's performance. Crime too, which has often been associated
with the borough, has decreased in the last few years.
The south of Hackney is adjacent to London City with many office
developments in the area. Hoxten and Shoreditch are also just to the
west of this area and are heavily associated with the arts scene in
London. The Hoxton Square area is renowned for its bars, shops,
cafes, clubs and restaurants.
In recent years housing developers have been building new
developments and plots that sit side-by-side with the existing
housing estates. Some of these developments are gated communities
while other places keep the character of the inner-city.
To the east of the borough is the famous Hackney Marshes. The
Hackney Marshes are an area of grassland on the bank of the River
Lee. The marshes were drained in Medieval times but these days
Hackney Marshes is best known for its use as Sunday League football
There are a total of 88 full size pitches on the marshes and on most
Sundays over 100 matches will be played. Hackney will have a big
role to play in the 2012 Olympics. An Olympic park is planned to be
built on the Hackney Marshes.
To the north of Hackney are the boroughs of Stamford Hill, Stoke
Newington and Clapton. Hackney has several listed buildings
including the Tudor Sutton House. There are also several areas of
Victorian and Georgian housing in the area.
Transport to Hackney is relatively extensive due to its London based
location. Hackney Wick Railway Station, Stratford Station and Leyton
Tube Station are all within walking distance in Hackney. An area of
Hackney Wick has been reserved for Cycle access and there are canal
routes through Hackney that can go as far as Hertfordshire.
It is not yet known what influence the 2012 Olympics will have on
the cycle and footpaths as vast work is planned for the area in the
run up to the summer games.
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