"Shanks's Pony and my old 'manor' ..." Hackney Borough Tip by amapola66
Hackney Borough, London: 3 reviews and 9 photos
If you go somewhere by 'Shanks's Pony' - you walk there. On a sunny spring day London town is good for a bit of a stroll whatever area you find yourself in
Pictured here, a tree in a Hackney sqaure in East London bursting into bloom in April. Although Hackney is not really on the tourist map a such, it still has some very interesting areas in which to stroll during daylight hours. There are little squares with mature trees, Hackney Marshes (Horse Riding & and Ice Rink nr there too), canalside walks and various parks and nooks and crannies to explore by foot.
It's really best if you know someone from that part of town to go with...maybe on a Sunday morning and followed by a good old fahioned Sunday roast with a pint in one of many local traditional pubs.
I guess you could imagine you were in the British soap opera 'Eastenders', except the reality of Hackney is that it really is much more multi-cultural. In my last place of abode, my immediate neighbours hailed from Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Greece and such diverse places as well as good old Blighty. One of the HUGE benefits of this, is that this wonderful melting pot of culture is reflected in the local food stores and restaurants.
Hackney is also very good for a bargain, with plenty of markets, second-hand clothing, household stuff, and furniture stores.
There are some areas you may not wish to venture into at night if you don't know the place, but there is also a great community spirit and wicked humour which I really do miss at times.
Of course, the East End is not just Hackney...More tips coming soon.
Address: London E5
Directions: In and around Hackney central.
Hackney central British Rail.
Phone: 44 20 7729 6381
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