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Sandwiched between Islington and Hackney, Dalston is identified in The London Plan as one of the 35 major centres in Greater London. Dalston has benefited hugely from regeneration over the last few years and the gentrification of the area has led to an increase in the price of property. Already serviced by both Dalston Kingsland railway station and Hackney Downs station, the process of change was accelerated by the East London line extension, now part of the London Overground. The reopening of Dalston Junction station on this extension was part of London’s successful bid to hold the 2012 Olympics.
De Beauvoir Town
De Beauvoir Town falls within the London Borough of Hackney as well as partly within the London Borough of Islington. Kingsland Road borders it in the east, Southgate Road to the west, the Regent's Canal in the south and Tottenham Road to the north. De Beauvoir Square is a classically laid out garden square and is protected under the London Squares Preservation Act of 1931. The square consists of beautiful rose beds and lawn areas as well as a play area for children, lending it a real community feel and neighbourhood atmosphere. The park was awarded a Green Flag award in 2011. The nearest London Overground station is Dalston Kingsland.
Hackney has become an incredibly vibrant and sought after place to live in recent years and continues to enjoy some of the fastest and most consistently rising house prices in London. And it's easy to see why. The new East London line provides direct connections to the City, Docklands and West End. Primary and Secondary schools are ever excelling with more City Academies planned for the future. There's a diverse selection of housing – Georgian and Victorian terraces, award winning modern developments, warehouse and school conversions alike – as well as an abundance of conservation areas, parks, trendy shops, bars, bistros and restaurants.
The Borough of Hackney’s central district is Hackney Central. It comprises the area roughly surrounding, and extending north, from Mare Street. In Hackney Central you will find: the celebrated Hackney Empire, Hackney Picturehouse cinema, St. Augustine’s Tower dating back to 1275 and Hackney Central train station. There is a veritable feast of things to do in Hackney, from browsing the stalls of Broadway and Chatsworth Road markets to swimming in the open-air London Fields Lido. The area has more green space and award-winning parks than any other East London Borough. Many of Hackney Central’s parks have boating lakes and tennis courts.
Hackney Downs is an open space with its own railway station out of Liverpool Street. The area borders Stoke Newington to the west and London Fields to the south. Opened as a public park in 1884, Hackney Downs’ new and improved facilities include: four tennis courts, a multi use games area, two resurfaced basketball courts, a play area and the park pavilion. The park was awarded a Green Flag award in 2011. Many of the area’s local pubs have recently been taken over by new ownership and beautifully restored; this has enabled Hackney Downs to become a social hub for local communities.
Haggerston has undergone gentrification in recent years and it has benefited hugely from the arrival of the London Overground. Despite these changes, property prices in the area remain affordable and attractive. Broadway Market is the place to visit for gourmet shopping, while London Fields Lido is one of the best places for an outdoor dip. You can take your pick from pretty Victorian streets, 1960s housing, pre- and post-war estates and some funky new homes. The Haggerston Public House is popular among locals, while those seeking a skillfully made cup of coffee should head to Haggerston Espresso Room, which also doubles as an exhibition space.
Homerton has always been characterised by attractive Victorian housing and the extensive green spaces of Hackney Marshes, as well as its world famous football pitches. Internationally known as the spiritual home of Sunday league football, the area has numerous football, rugby, and cricket pitches on the North and South of the Marshes. The award winning Hackney Marshes Centre is a great venue for a host of community events. Furthermore, local primary and secondary schools continue to excel year on year. Homerton is situated between the ever-changing vibrant Chatsworth Road, Westfield Stratford City shopping centre and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Homerton station now also links to the Overground.
Islington has long been one of the most desirable parts of North London, spanning from Islington High Street to Highbury Fields. Over the years little mini villages have sprung up, concentrated around the areas of Upper Street, St Mary's, St Peter's, Barnsbury, De Beauvoir, Angel and Canonbury. The Georgian housing stock was rediscovered by the discerning masses in the 1960s and it accelerated a period of gentrification that culminated in Islington’s connection to the aspirational New Labour movement of the 1990s. With over 500 pubs and bars lining the pretty streets plus a vast array of restaurants, 15 theatrical institutions and the Business Design Centre, who needs the West End?
Leyton has a thriving local community which is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. There is a retail park at Leyton Mills while more traditional shops can be found at the north end of town by Baker's Arms. The Central Line as well as Midland Road Station on the Gospel Oak to Barking line serves the area alongside buses with 24-hour services running along the High Road and Lea Bridge Road. Cyclists are able to reach Central London from Lea Bridge Road following the London Cycle Network through Hackney and Shoreditch. The area consists mainly of terraced houses built between 1870 and 1910, interspersed with some modern housing estates.
Less expensive than Hoxton, and with the only heated outdoor 50m swimming pool in London, London Fields received a Green Flag award in July 2008. Cycle the path from Pub on the Park to Broadway Market and you will find a wide variety of produce from around the country, including a huge array of hot foods, complemented by many other stalls selling hand-made jewellery, gifts, childrenswear and vintage clothing. Every Sunday the local London Fields Primary School hosts the London Fields Farmers' Market and there is a crafts market adjacent to the building next door. In terms of transport, the London Fields BR station offers swift access into the City.
Lower Clapton offers a range of different cuisines, including Turkish, Asian, Caribbean and Italian, as well as a wealth of coffee shops and a French delicatessen. Today the area continues to flourish, with new shops and boutiques opening every week. It also has a fantastic Sunday market. Sutton House continues to survive in the heart of this East London community. Built in 1535, it retains much of the atmosphere of a Tudor home. Delightful tea rooms and gardens are just some of the facilities on offer here. The beautifully tended Clapton Pond and Clapton Square are two of Hackney’s major conservation zones.
South Hackney is a district in the London Borough of Hackney.
Situated north of Victoria Park, the residential area is often referred to as Victoria Park Village. Other areas surrounding South Hackney include Mile End, London Fields and Homerton.
South Hackney is home to array of restaurants, cafes, shops and pubs.
Whilst the district itself does not have a London Underground station or a railway station, its neighbouring districts have good transport links. Mile End station is served by the Hammersmith & City, District and Central lines and both London Fields and Homerton both have their own, respective railway stations.
Near to the stylish district Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill is considered by many to be a great location in Hackney. It is famous for its large Hasidic community, resulting in a wonderful Grodzinski bakery in the district. The area has excellent transport links, with its train station taking you to the heart of London in under half an hour. It is also home to an array of fantastic schools and has plenty of parks nearby, such as Clissold Park. In terms of property, Stamford Hill has many beautiful large homes as well as traditional Victorian and Edwardian terraces.
Known affectionately by the huge number of people living here as “Stokey”, Stoke Newington has become renowned for its lively music scene, including contemporary jazz, as well as its local pubs and comedy sessions. Good transport links take you to Central London within half an hour but, when you have fashionable Stoke Newington Church Street lined with boutiques and The Vortex - one of London’s best jazz clubs - you may prefer to stay local. Stoke Newington also has plenty of parks, such as Clissold Park and Abney park cemetery, and it is also home to the West Reservoir Centre that has wildlife interest all year round to be enjoyed by children and adults.
Upper Clapton is delineated to the west by the long leafy strip of Clapton Common, distinguished by the recently regenerated Clapton Pond. Awarded a Green Flag award in July 2008, the pond is a favourite with bird watchers. Springfield Park officially opened to the public in 1905. Set in 40 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland, Springfield is deemed one of East London’s "hidden treasures". Situated on the other side of the river navigation to the park is Springfield Marina, a large basin of narrow boats. Good transport links include Clapton and Stamford Hill BR stations as well as a host of local bus services.
Victoria Park is one of London’s most historic parks and has been used by millions of Londoners for nearly 170 years as a place for healthy recreation, sports and relaxation. Victoria Park forms a key link in a green corridor stretching from the River Thames at Limehouse, along the Regent’s Canal and all the way through to Mile End Park. In the park you’ll find a variety of trees, fauna, a beautiful fountain, an Old English Garden, a boating lake and more. Lauriston Road offers a wealth of deli shops, boutiques, bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes. The nearest station to Victoria Park is London Fields railway station.