London Area Guides
Hackney Area Guide
Our area guide to Hackney gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include E8, E9
Hackney is still better value for money than neighbouring Islington, and it still has a number of Victorian properties, alongside council-built tower blocks. The area has a diversity of cultural and entertainment offerings and remains very popular.
Property Types & Architecture
Though the area has more than its fair share of council housing, attractive Victorian terraces and converted apartments can still be found. Hackney has become an incredibly sought after place to live in recent years with its diverse selection of properties from Georgian and Victorian terraces interspersed with ex- local council properties and award-winning modern developments and warehouse conversions along the canal. The London Fields area is where the area's most sought after properties are found.
Shopping & Entertainment
Hackney is a place people fall in love with, it's edgy, artistic, innovative and exciting. The food scene is groundbreaking yet relaxed and is a popular destination for pop-up restaurants, artisan bakeries, food markets and coffee shops. If fashion is your fix then Hackney can happily deliver, a mecca for fashion designers, there are often pop-up ventures and interesting stores to browse, from vintage fabrics to designer must-haves. The fashion hub in Hackney Central houses a fashion outlet for brands such as Burberry, Aquascutum, Anya Hindmarch and many more. As well as fashion there is also the beautiful Frank Matcham-designed Hackney Empire theatre which shows a mix of comedy, opera, musicals, plays and community events. The Picturehouse across the street screens a mix of first-release and art house films.
Parks & Commons
Despite being so close to the City, Hackney also offers wonderful open spaces and parks including London Fields with its wildflower meadows, sports facilities, cafe, paddling pool and play areas, Hackney Marshes and Hackney Down with its space to cycle, helpful in an area full of cycling enthusiasts. For those who prefer to get wet, London Fields Lido is heated and open all year round. Nearby Victoria Park is also a local gem and a source of open space and local events all year round.
Who lives here?
Food and Art lovers flock to Hackney to immerse themselves in the area's buzzing vibe. The area has a wide appeal, and with strong transport links City workers as well as young families are attracted to life in Hackney. The area has a thriving artistic/bohemian community.
Hackney Local Authorities
Hackney is is represented by Hackney Council, Tower Hamlets Counci. which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
Hackney Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering the Hackney area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Schools in Hackney & Exam Results
Schools in Hackney fall under the Hackney Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Hackney by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Hackney
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