View of Hackney Road showing
strip club (blue frontage)
Hackney Road is a London arterial
route running from Shoreditch Church to Cambridge Heath. It occupies a no mans land in between
Green and Haggerston. For half of its course it forms the boundary
between the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets.
It has yet
to experience the gentrification of nearby Columbia Road or Broadway Market and presents a spectacle of inner city urban dereliction (Harrison
Another view of Hackney Road.
Derelict buildings include many defunct pubs - such
as the curiously named 'Flying Scud' - and the empty Children's
Hospital. Completing the picture are striptease
venues such as Browns
The Olde Axe
(Clifton 2002), bingo
halls, fast-food outlets and building sites. However, there is a
city farm, which brings a touch of the pastoral to this
particularly urban area. Hackney City Farm is located at the junction of (intersection with)
Goldsmith's Row on the northern (Hackney) side of the road. Next to the farm is
In 2008 a 178-room Days Hotel London Shoreditch opened at the
junction with Pritchard's Road.
Hackney Road is served by the 55, 48 and 26 buses.
21 July 2005 at 13:30
BST a small
explosion occurred on the Number 26 bus travelling from
Waterloo to Hackney Wick, on Hackney Road at the corner with Columbia
There were no fatalities in the explosion
- Clifton, L. (2002) Baby Oil and Ice: Striptease in East
London. The Do-Not Press Limited: London.
- Harrison, P. (1985) Inside the Inner City: Life Under the
Cutting Edge. Penguin: Harmondsworth.