Hackney Area Guide
Hackney is a neighbouring borough to Tower Hamlets and its name was first recorded in 1198 AD from an island near the River Lea, in conjunction with the name of the Dane called Haca who owned it. The first real records of settlement in Hackney date back to Saxon times. Before this, most of the Hackney borough was farmland, providing food for the Roman city of Londinium; to now being a global destination for 21st Century arts, culture and nightlife.
The Hackney borough is home to the Hackney Marshes Centre, a modernised and historic venue with the largest number of football pitches in Europe, with over a hundred games played there every year. The centre is also known for hosting conferences, weddings, education and community events. The borough is also known for The Gunpowder Plot that was uncovered in Hoxton and why we celebrate ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ or also known as ‘Bonfire Night’ which marks its anniversary. In addition to its extensive history, the first ever aerial bomb dropped on London hit 16 Alkham Road in Stoke Newington in May 2915. From start to present, the Hackney borough has advanced and improved in many ways than others.