Hackney Central is just that: the beating heart of the borough. As you walk down Mare Street, which runs along its length, you are presented with the smell, sounds, sights and buzz of a busy high street.
Over the past few years the area has made a remarkable leap in status to being one of London’s foremost arts and cultural quarters with an equally impressive retail base. This has generated a boom of young professionals eager to sample the substantial cultural offer and the rich atmosphere.
Hackney Central’s recent regeneration has provided more commercial property and the stimulus for more businesses to move into the area. Hackney Central also hosts the London College of Fashion and an exciting Trampery co-working building hosting local designers and makers.
The Narrow Way is currently undergoing a huge redevelopment which will transform and significantly improve its retail offer. In addition to this the town centre retail offer will be further enhanced by the delivery of a fashion hub on Morning Lane, creating a number of fashion outlet stores and workspace for East London fashion designers. The development will be a key part of the development of Hackney's status as the creative heart of London and as a retail hub for the Borough's fast growing fashion industry.
The cultural and historic offer of Hackney Central is very strong and is serviced by a good selection of bars and restaurants further down Mare Street. In 2012 the Hackney Picturehouse opened on Mare Street creating a new cultural focus for Hackney Central with a state of the art cinema, three bars and cafes and a multi-use creative space for training and conferences.
As the neighbourhood continues to improve so will the opportunities for more quality restaurants, especially to cater for the pre-theatre dining crowd at the nearby Hackney Empire.