Hackney Pirates garden, E8

Pirate Garden

Early in 2015 Eat Hackney visited the Hackney Pirates literacy charity to write a blog post. Impressed by their strange but effective vision of mooring […]

The Savoy, Strand WC2


As fervent enthusiasts for celebrating our borough, when whispers reached us at Hackney Towers that the Savoy was serving up Hackney-inspired cocktails, we knew we […]

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane E8

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Think Dalston, and your first thought probably isn’t green space. Dalston Junction is one of the borough’s busiest crossings, where the arrow-straight former Roman road […]

Rochester Castle, 145 Stoke Newington High Street, N16


Wetherspoons has been making waves of late. Often cited as the ultimate in pub blandness, it’s the chain’s peculiarities that have been garnering recent press. […]

Gallo Nero, 75 Stoke Newington High St, N16


For anyone who has spent time in Italy, the foodie clutter of Gallo Nero is charmingly familiar. Fat rounds of parmesan sit alongside piles of […]

Good & Proper Tea, The Bower, 211 Old Street, EC1

Black tea

Just a step off the grind of Old Street roundabout, tucked into the rather suited-and-booted-looking Bower development, a tranquil revolution is bubbling away at Good […]

Il Cudega, 358 Westgate Street, E8

Coffee machine

Il Cudega is a first for Hackney, and probably for London too: a café/wine bar/deli specialising in food from Lombardy, the generous sweep of northern […]

Rudie’s, 50 Stoke Newington Road, N1


There’s no Caribbean kitsch at new Jamaican restaurant Rudie’s, where elegant wooden columns subtly mimic the shape of palm trees, a cool collection of vinyl […]

Posh Club, St Paul’s West Hackney


On stage, a strapping Nigerian man in a dress, huge falsies and a wig booms out a show-stopping rendition of “Old Man River”, while his […]

Gayhurst Community School, E8


  With 600 small and demanding diners to feed in an hour each lunchtime, Nicole Pisani has her work cut out for her. Her previous […]