Hackney Wick Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Hackney Wick, East London

Exceptional4.3

Living in Hackney Wick

The Wick, as it is fondly known, used to be considered run-down but is now considered by many to be the artistic centre of London. With the River Lea, the Olympic Park, Hackney Marsh, and Victoria Park encircling the area, it has a great deal of lovely open space. And as the area has improved, so have transport links, including the Overground. 

Ratings

Exceptional4.3

Community

Hackney Wick has a very strong community of artists, with more artists and studio spaces per square foot than anywhere else in the country. 

Safety

Hackney Wick is a safe place to live, and is currently rated as having average crime by the Met police. Next door Stratford, however, is a high crime hotspot. The Hackney Wick 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate were both slightly higher than for London overall, and some people report avoiding the area around the station after dark.

Parking

Parking cost and difficulty here is about average for London. The rate of car ownership in this area is a little less than the London rate, with about 1 car for every 2 households. Road links are good, including the A12 to the North Circular. 

Nightlife

Trendy bars, pubs, and restaurants abound in the immediate area and nightclubs are nearby, in traditional nightlife destinations like Dalston and Hackney. There are also club nights hosted in disused warehouses in the area.

Family Friendly

Property is mainly flats, rather than houses, but some of the warehouse conversions can be very spacious. Part of London's greenest borough, there is an abundance outdoor space in Hackney Wick with the River Lea, the Olympic Park, Hackney Marsh, and Victoria Park encircling the area. These spaces have a range of facilities, including those aimed at families and children. The age distribution in this area is similar to London overall, with about 1 in 5 residents being a child aged 0-15. 

Pet Friendly

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor space in Hackney Wick, with the River Lea, the Olympic Park, Hackney Marsh, and Victoria Park encircling the area. Property is mainly flats, rather than houses, but some of the warehouse conversions can be very spacious. This would be a good place to own a dog. 

Transport

Hackney Wick is on the Overground, as is Homerton. Stratford is also on the Overground, as well as the Central Line. The area is well-served by buses, too. Road links, with the A12 to the North Circular, are good.