About the area
Hackney is home to a rich mix of cultures and traditions. Popular destinations include super-trendy Shoreditch, a thriving cultural fringe of the City of London with a wide range of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and comedy venues. Visit the acclaimed Geffrye Museum, which tells the history of domestic life and living since 1600 to the present. Hackney is filled with thriving street markets, including Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane, and Ridley Road in Dalston, offering goods from across the world in a friendly, bustling atmosphere. Other attractions include the National Trust owned Sutton House – a rare example of a Tudor red brick house, originally built for the Principal Secretary of State to Henry VIII. Hackney is also home to the Hackney Empire theatre and, to the northeast, Stoke Newington Church Street, with its eclectic array of boutique shops, cafes, and ethnic restaurants.
The borough of Hackney appeared and developed in the middle of the XX century. Previously, the place consisted of several small towns with market areas and gardens. That lasted until the beginning of the industrial revolution.
In the first half of the XX century, there were lots of housing estates that were built after the World War I for former soldiers who lost their houses in this war.
In the Hackney area, many famous people live today or used to live in the old days. That is because it has been a popular place to live. In particular, many actors and artists used to live here due to the abundance of theatres and richness of arts and culture. For example, the world-famous playwright and actor William Shakespeare lived in the area.
Those who are fond of shopping should definitely visit Hoxton Street Market where they can buy some quirky gifts.
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