Spotlight on London: Hackney
My best friend has been raving for weeks about Hackney’s Broadway Market and after our delicious Mildred’s date last night, I promised her that I would spend this morning perusing the area. I invited two friends from Belsize Park to join in the festivities and we headed over by mid-morning. While Hackney isn’t that far from Belsize Park (if you were to measure straight distance), it’s quite a ways away with public transport. After a tube ride to Angel Station and a 20 minute bus ride (the #394 will get you there), we arrived right at the end of the market.
While the market isn’t huge, it is darling. It’s a great mix of eclectic bits and delicious food. Cheese, olives, sandwiches and Persian cuisine were nestled between stalls selling doggie sweaters, winter clothes, jewelry and art. If the weather had been just a touch nicer, I could have easily spent a couple of hours wandering around aimlessly. If you’re planning on visiting, note that it’s open on Saturdays from 9A – 5P. It’s definitely a great place to hit up during lunch time — you can grab delicious nibbles while scouring the street for antiques! (Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green).
After checking out the market (and not succumbing to our cheesecake cravings), we wandered down Hackney Road to Hackney City Farm (per my friend’s suggestion). While I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, free entry made it hard to resist. Surprisingly, I thought it was one of the coolest parts of the entire excursion! There’s something paradoxical about having a little farm in the middle of London, but it works. There were kiddos running around, playing with the chickens and watching the pigs nap in the sun. The farm also has a cafe on site (Frizzante) which looks deliciously simple, though we didn’t get to pop in.
After our jaunt in Hackney, we wandered around and grabbed the tube at Old Street station back to Belsize Park. It was definitely a perfect way to spend a morning and I’m beyond happy that I finally got to see another side of London. A bit less pristine and put-together – a bit more raw. Hitting up Broadway Market made me realize that there’s another market in town that I’ve missed out on: Portobello Market! I’ve got to put that on my agenda for next time around!
We also came across an amazing exhibition by Nick Allen, which coordinated with his book launch. More on that tomorrow, but a mini summary: powerful artwork and an incredible book highlight his three years in Afghanistan traveling with the troops. His pictures are amazing. Check back tomorrow for more!
xoxo from London,
Broadway Market is located in London E8 4PH.
Contact #: 07872 463 409
Open: 9A – 5P