Some of you may ask where the hell is Hackney Wick? Thanks to the Olympics it is a bit easier to find (and to get to) as it can now be easily identified as the industrial wasteland around the Olympic site way out in East London.
The next logical question is why the hell would you go there?
The answer is complicated but we might as well begin with what is there (as there isn’t much). Hackney Wick’s food or drink options are The Counter Cafe, The Hackney Pearl and Feijoa or the Container Cafe (there is also the cute cafe next to the Pearl but I don’t know its name). That’s pretty much it. You can wander a bit further along and go to Hackney Village, Broadway market and London Fields but that misses the point. I would also say that each of those three restaurants or cafes do outstanding work. Worth travelling for work.
Half the joy in Hackney Wick is the fact that there really is nothing there. Just old industrial buildings, the canal, some canal boats and some artists eeking a living. For those short weeks we get a proper summer and the world spills onto the streets you can wander around Hackney Wick and see barely a soul. As you trapse down the canal revelling in its decaying beauty you really feel as though you have left traditional tourist London behind. For those of you who know New York well, it is our version of Red Hook.
The worst thing about it is that I will just miss Hackney Wick(ed) this year but you should go and enjoy the art, the drinking, and the soundstages.
PS if you enjoy this you might enjoy the others in the London Notes series here