Where to Stay in Hackney
Hackney. The name conjures up images of gritty, urban bars, retro antiques markets and artisan, organic, home-brewed coffee in eco-friendly, up cycled, recycled cups. This borough might be known by the uninformed as just a hipster mecca, but HouseTrip.com’s insider resident, journalist and blogger Donald Strachan knows better.
He’s written his own, personalised journey through Hackney for the home stay travel specialists, taking in its family-friendly parks and cycle paths and its impressive collection of independent shops, restaurants and museums and reminding readers just how much there is to love about this buzzing London Borough.
HouseTrip is committed to inspiring visitors to the city and locals alike to see a new side to the capital and teamed up with a fleet of local bloggers and writers for insider Where to Stay Guide for London, which you can explore here: http://www.housetrip.com/content/where-to-stay/london.html#
But, if you’re looking for some Hackney inspiration then look no further than Donald’s guide. Here’s an extract and if you want to see the pictures and the guide in all its glory then you can find it in full here: http://www.housetrip.com/content/where-to-stay/hackney.html
“I’ve lived in Hackney for about 15 years, a period of time that has spanned some lively late twenties and the first decade of parenthood. I don’t remember ever being bored here; it has pretty much everything I need. I mean, everything we need. Hackney’s reputation as a party borough is deserved, but what a most people don’t know is that this is a great place to live with children too.”
“My perfect morning in Hackney
My kids already like to shop, so we keep things fairly affordable at the vintage and second-hand stores like Traid and Beyond Retro, both in Dalston. Along the same street, the art deco Rio Cinema runs a Saturday morning film for kids every week at 11am. Once we’re done there, Mangal Turkish barbecue is a family favourite for lunch. The bread is home-baked, the salad freshly chopped and prepared and the taste of meat cooked simply over open coals is something that even the fussy eater of the family won’t be able to resist.”