18 October 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide - Hackney - London

Commercial properties to rent in Hackney

Hackney was once east/central London’s industrial hub, with a huge number of manufacturing businesses based there. Now, though, the zone two borough is one of the coolest places to be based in London, thanks to its lively communities, rich variety of dining options and great places to let your hair down when the working day is done.

Hackney has a population of around 275,000 people, with almost a quarter of its population under 20 years old. Residents over 55% make up just 55% of the population, showing that the vibrant borough is one of the youngest, and most exciting, places to be based in London. It’s a diverse place too, with more than a third of its residents born outside the UK, though 90% of its residents reported that the borough’s diversity is a positive factor that many are proud of.   

Main thoroughfares like Mare Street and Kingsland road have been redeveloped in recent years, meaning there’s plenty of prime retail, leisure and office space up for grabs. And, true to its historic industrial roots, Hackney is still home to plenty of quality industrial spaces for businesses to grow and flourish in.

Here’s everything you need to know about living and working in Hackney.


Travel and transport in Hackney

Hackney has a high number of Overground stationsThree Overground lines serve Hackney, making it the preferred route of getting around for many. The North London line crosses the borough from east to west, stopping at Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Central, Hackney Wick and Homerton stations.

The East London line stops at Dalston Junction, Haggerston and Hoxton, as well as Shoreditch High Street station and runs from north to south. Finally, the Lea Valley Lines take passengers from south to north, calling at London Fields, Hackney Downs, Rectory Road, Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill.

Underground stations can be found at the edge of Hackney boroughHackney has just one underground station, Manor House. It sits on the border with Haringey to the north west and isn’t easily accessible for most in the borough. The Crossrail 2 line has a proposed stop at Dalston, which would give Hackney its first underground station in the heart of the borough, as well as future stops at Hackney Central and Hackney Wick.

Hackney is within easy reach of two airportsLondon City Airport is just over half an hour’s drive from London City airport, which is primarily used for domestic or short international flights. If you’re flying internationally, Luton Airport is just over an hour’s drive north.

Hackney has a great network of major roadsThe A10 runs through the centre of the borough, taking people both south into Whitechapel and the City and north out towards Tottenham and Enfield. However, 65% of households in Hackney are reported to be car-free, with many people relying on the area’s excellent public transport network.

Offices to rent in Hackney


Retail units to rent in Hackney

resize (5)-13Where are the best places to dine in Hackney?

Nest Restaurant

The Laughing Heart


Little Georgia Hackney

Temple of Hackney

Discover more great places to eat in Hackney


Where can I find great coffee in Hackney?

Hackney Coffee Company

Lanark Coffee


E5 Bakehouse

Healthy Stuff

Find more lovely places to fuel up on caffeine in Hackney


Hackney has plenty of facilities for its residents

There are more than 18 gyms in Hackney, including:

  • Anytime Fitness
  • CrossFit
  • Virgin Active
  • London Fields Fitness Studio

Find more places to get fit in Hackney here.

Banks and Post Offices in HackneyThere are six banks in the borough of Hackney. You’ll find:

  • 1 HSBC
  • 1 Barclays
  • 1 Halifax
  • 1 Santander
  • 1 NatWest
  • 1 Lloyds
  • 1 TSB

There are more than 16 post offices across the Hackney area. You’ll find them on

  • Essex Road
  • Victoria Park Road
  • A10 (four branches between Haggerston and Seven Sisters Station)
  • Mare Street
  • Well Street
  • Homerton High Street
  • Dalston Lane
  • Broadway Market
  • Stoke Newington Church Street
  • Dunsmure Road
  • Hackney Road
  • Hoxton Street
  • Murray Grove

You’ll find plenty of supermarkets and shopping centres in Hackney, including:

  • 6 Tesco (2 superstores, 1 metro, 3 express)
  • 10 Sainsbury’s (2 superstores, 8 local)
  • 11 Co-Op
  • 5 Lidl
  • 3 Iceland
  • A number of independent grocery stores

Kingsland Shopping centre, which sits on Kingsland High Street, is the main shopping centre in Hackney. It’s home to 28 high street stores, including Costa Coffee, JD, Peacocks, Holland and Barrett and many more. Boxpark in the chic Shoreditch area, at the southern tip of the borough, is also a great place to visit. You’ll find a whole host of pop up eateries and boutiques for you to check out every week.

If you’re looking for a different kind of shopping experience, check out the famous Columbia Road Flower Market. Though the flower market itself is only open on Sundays, the area is one of the best places to find independent fashion, food and antiques in Hackney.  

Retail properties to let in Hackney

Agents operating in the area


Stirling Ackroyd

CF Commercial

Aston Rose

Bowyer Bryce (Surveyors) Ltd

Realla has plenty of choice when it comes to commercial properties to rent in Hackney - here’s a selection:

Capital Studios

Leyton Industrial Village

Blackhorse Mills

Clissold Quarter


Commercial properties to let in Hackney

Offices to let in Hackney

Shops to let in Hackney

Industrial units to let in Hackney

Hackney is home to lots of famous businesses – here are some of your potential new neighbours:




YO! Company

Large offices and co-working spaces in Hackney

Grove House

1 Kingsland Passage

Fascinating facts about Hackney

Hackney is home to lots of historic buildings, including the legendary Hackney Empire and the Geffrye Museum of the Home, which was built and designed in the 18th century as a haven for interior design lovers.

Hackney’s population is growing quickly, and it’s expected to reach 310,000 residents by 2028.

Sid Vicious and John Lydon from legendary punk group The Sex Pistols first met at Hackney Technical college when they were both teenagers.

London’s most controversial snack, jellied eels, were reported to have first been sold at Broadway Market in 1900 by Fred Cooke. Grandson Bob now runs the shop, selling jellied eels and pie, mash and liquor.

Hackney’s most famous former residents include Sir Alan Sugar, Edgar Allan Poe, Tony Blair, the Kray twins and Barbara Windsor.

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