A guide to living in Hackney Wick
On the boundaries of the London borough of Hackney and the London borough of Tower Hamlets, Hackney Wick is an area that has been rejuvenated by the London Olympics in 2012. Including the west side of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park within its district, the area was one of the main transport cores of the games.
Hackney is known as London’s greenest borough with over 60 parks and green spaces, and The Wick, as it is fondly referred to, is no exception. The famous Hackney Marshes, the home of Sunday league football, is situated at the southern tip of Hackney Wick and Victoria Park is only a short distance away.
“There are bohemian industrial buildings perfect for artists, as well as thousands of new homes as part of the legacy of the Olympic Park, and other purpose built apartments and flats.”
The Wick has a bustling industrial history, but whilst industry and manufacturing is now obsolete in the area, the regeneration afforded by the 2012 Olympics has granted the area a new lease of life. For example, The Hackney Wick Stadium, formerly used for Greyhound Racing and Speedway was closed in 2003. However, it was reopened as the BBC’s broadcast and media centre for the Olympic Games and is now being used as commercial space.
As expected, there is a variety of property options available in the area, from bohemian industrial buildings perfect for artists, to thousands of new homes as part of the legacy of the Olympic Park, and other purpose built apartments and flats.
An up and coming area with some inspirational property, Hackney Wick has become a new haven for artists and creative types and will soon be considered more Gold than Bronze.
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Eating & Drinking
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is one of the pearls of East London, let alone Hackney Wick, with a colourful array of dishes and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is actually Zoe’s real kitchen – talk about authentic!
Hackney Wick is host to a number of local art galleries; we recommend revisiting your cultural side and paying a visit to the trendy Elevator Gallery.
Travelling to Hackney Wick
Regarded as bit of a transport hub, Hackney Wick has some important and well-used bus routes, namely the 388, 276 and 236. Only 100m from the west side of the Olympic Park, Hackney Wick railway station has frequent services on the London Overground. Alternatively, for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint, Hackney Wick is a distinguished area for walking and cycling, particularly on the Capital Ring walking route and the River Lee Navigation.