A night in Hackney

Hackney is one of the most rapidly up and coming areas of London. I rarely have the chance to visit this part of town but was surprised to find it relatively easy to reach on the orange overground train. Despite the bad reputation for crime, Hackney has a huge amount to offer: innovative dining, a thriving arts scene and original, independent boutiques and cafes. I enjoyed an evening here, feeding my mind and body with an inspiring film and good food.

Watch… Hackney Picturehouse

Located in the centre of Hackney, this cinema has become an institution for watching art-house and mainstream films. With an independent exhibition space and a recommended restaurant, this venue ticks every box. The modern building has four screens, all extremely comfortable. We saw the subtle but moving film ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, and particularly enjoyed the steep seating which makes the viewing experience far more dramatic and immersive.

Eat… Lardo

We enjoyed a fresh and flavoursome Italian feast at the friendly neighbourhood Lardo. The industrial-chic venue is always busy, though unlike a lot of cool eateries, bookings are taken! Pizzas are fired up in the open kitchen, homemade pastas are delectable and the charcuterie plates are unbelievably tasty. This restaurant is reason alone to trek to this East London location!

Drink… Railroad

This cute and cosy café offers deliciously creamy Square Mile coffee and great grub. Situated on the corner of Morning Lane, it is exactly halfway between Hackney Central and Homerton stations. I rushed in to retrieve a hot coffee before the film started.

Dance… Oslo

By day Oslo offers Scandi-inspired food, at night the venue cranks up the volume and provides a dance floor for the cool kids of Hackney. Oslo is found next door to Hackney Central Station, a newbie to this dynamic area. Drawing on a Nordic aesthetic, this exciting place serves top quality food and drink alongside a trendy music programme, you will hear the beat of Olso on the Hackney high street.