Despite being part of the East London regeneration wave which swept through previously neglected areas, it’s only relatively recently that people started to pay attention to Shoreditch’s northern neighbour, Haggerston. Nestled between vibrant places with names that are recognisable to even the newest Londoners, Haggerston has somehow managed to fly under the radar while still being a cool, creative spot with access to everything.
Walking distance from all the most beloved East London attractions, including Street Feast’s Dalston Yard in Dalston, Colombia Road Flower Market, the diverse bars of Shoreditch and Hoxton art scene, the action is on your doorstep in Haggerston - but you can also take a step back and enjoy a more calm pace of life here.
This subdued, laid-back atmosphere is what brings people to Haggerston, knowing that it won’t be overrun by tourists or students seeking a big night out. Another big draw is Regent’s Canal, which is lined with street art, colourful barges and former warehouses turned apartment blocks, with independent restaurants and cafes on the ground floor. At a push this can become your own version of a Riveria come the summer months, when all the locals can be found mooching along the towpath on the weekends or spilling out of the Proud Archivist with glasses of wine to enjoy the last of the sun.
Residents here are largely young professionals who have been priced out of Shoreditch, or prefer the slightly quieter Haggerston streets. It’s popular with City workers, being just a short bus ride from all the major business, and the occasional student can be found here too. The lack of space puts off families however, most of whom end up in areas such as Clapton and Walthamstow when they leave Haggerston.
On a map
Haggerston is located in the Borough of Hackey. It lies to the north of Shoreditch, east of Hoxton, and south of Dalston. It covers the postcodes E8, E2 and N1.
History of Haggerston London
Originally a hamlet within the parish of Shoreditch, Haggerston was recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as Hergotestane. It’s since been argued that this name has Viking origins, but there seems to be insufficient evidence to prove this. It remained a small, rural area until the 18th century, with just a few country houses built by wealthy Londoners so that they could enjoy what was then the countryside. One of the residents during this time was astronomer Edmond Halley, who discovered Halley’s Comet.
Haggerston changed dramatically with the arrival of the Industrial Revolution and urban sprawl, and soon found itself filled with warehouses lining the canal, workers cottages and almshouses for the poor. The major trade here was in furniture and finishing, with factories for mirror frames and cabinets, timber share, enamelling shops and French polishers found throughout Haggerston. The area recieved some damage during the Blitz, and after the war many Victorian streets and buildings were torn down and replaced with post-war housing estates. These in turn have been rebuilt or replaced in recent years, leading to the Haggerston we see today.
Transport from Haggerston London
While it may not have the tube, Haggerston is still well-connected since the large Overground station arrived, which connects to the underground (Victoria Line) at Highbury and Islington following an 12 minute journey. The Overground covers most of the major routes throughout East and South London, with a journey to Stratford in one direction taking 21 minutes, and a trip to Peckham Rye in the other direction taking 24 minutes.
Haggerston also benefits from plenty of bus services, and the City is mere 10 minute bus ride away making it ideal for those commuting to work. It’s also possible to walk to many places from Haggerston, particularly neighbouring areas such as Shoreditch and Dalston Junction.
Cost of living in Haggerston London
Haggerston has a proper mix of properties, with everything from Georgian and Victorian terraces and shiny new developments high-spec developments, as well as ex-local authority apartments and even houseboats if you’re looking for an alternative to bricks and mortar living. Some of the most coveted properties include the yellow and grey brick 1840s houses on the pretty Albion Square, and the spacious canal-side flats with terraces and waterfront views.
The area is also a true renters market, with six times more properties to rent than to buy here, so your chances of finding somewhere good are reasonably high. As for prices, they’ve risen sharply since the arrival of the Overground in 2011, but rents here are still cheaper than in Shoreditch, Hoxton and Dalston, and around the same price as Bethnal Green.
As of January 2016, the average rental price of a two bedroom apartment in Haggerston is £2020 per month, although similar properties can be found from £1600.
Restaurants in Haggerston London
Fried chicken is having a moment in London, and if you’re in Haggerston there’s only one place to go for the truly finger-lickin’ good stuff. Hard to miss due to its bright yellow exterior, Clutch serves free range tenders and wings in a range of sauces inducing lemon and parmesan, sweet soy garlic and spicy chilli, as well as sides of fries, roasted corn and creamy coleslaw. For a true experience, come on the weekend for their epic buttermilk chicken-topped Wishbone Waffles.
Address: 4 Ravenscroft St, London E2 7QG
Phone:020 7729 4402
Warm yourself up with a steaming bowl of ramen at Tonkotsu East, sister restaurant to the wildly popular Tonkotsu in Soho which opened in 2012. Situated beneath the Haggerston railway arches, this relaxed restaurant serves up steaming bowls of ramen noodles made from a special recipe in 18-hour marinated pig stock. Delicious and filling, the bowls also cost just £10 - so you can make Tonkotsu East a regular treat.
Address: 1a Dunston St, London E8 4EB
Phone:020 7254 2478
Forget everything you’ve heard about the Peruvian trend - Venezeluan is the hottest South American cuisine in London if this canal-side spot is anything to go by. Cosy and colourful inside, the menu here is packed full of Venezuelan delights, including arepa cornbread sandwiches with black beans, shredded beef, plantain and guacamole, cassava fingers with garlic sauce, peril cachapas pancakes and cheesy pastries. They authentic cocktails are also worth checking out, although you might be taken aback by the strength!
Address: 58A De Beauvoir Cres, London N1 5SB
Phone:020 7923 3507
It’s hard to miss the Proud Archivist, which sits regally on the Regent’s Canal Towpath with big glass windows perfect for people watching. Combining a cafe, restaurant and exhibition space it’s a true all-day spot, where you can as easily grab a coffee and get to work as have a full evening meal with friends followed by late-night drinks. The exhibitions change regularly and they often hold creative events too, so check online for the full schedule.
Address: 2-10 Hertford Rd, London N1 5SH
Phone:020 3598 2626
Shops in Haggerston
Record stores may be a dying breed, but fortunately for vinyl fans this shop on Pearson Street is going against the grain with their curated selection of musical delights. Described by the owners as a ‘mecca for dance music lovers’, it also sells house, techno, disco, reggae, soul and jazz records, as well as rare vintage finds. There’s even a coffee machine to keep you going while you browse!
Address: 5 Pearson St, London E2 8JD
Phone:020 7729 8978
Stumble upon some unique art to decorate your new Haggerston home at Nelly Duff, a shop and gallery on Columbia Road selling limited edition prints and artworks. Established in 2005, they’re known for showcasing new and lesser-known artists, and also offer a framing service so you can have your purchase framed up there and then.
Address: 156 Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
Phone:020 7033 9683
A collection of shops and cafes rather than one individual one, Broadway Market is the go-to place for excellent street food and vintage finds this side of Shoreditch. Come on the weekend for a range of stalls selling Vietnamese coffee, grilled burgers and falafel wraps, or just buy a selection of produce to make a stellar meal at home. Once the sun goes down, head to the Cat and Mutton pub for a few cocktails to start the evening.
Address: Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Things to do in Haggerston London
Make the most of the canal on your doorstep and reserve a sunny afternoon to explore it, starting at Haggerston and walking along to Angel Islington to visit the antique shops of Camden Passage. Make sure to leave plenty of time to stop for cakes and coffees at the many quirky bars that line the path too.
Address: 2-10 Hertford Rd, London N1 5SH
Get your game face on and embrace the competitive spirit at Draughts, London’s first board game cafe with a staggering 500 games to play, from classics such as Monopoly and Scrabble to niche nostalgic and international games. Set in a cool brick-lined bar under a railway arch with neon artwork, its a great place to come for just drinks and a bite too - though we can’t guarantee you won’t end up playing Trivial Pursuit after your second pint.
Address: 337 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
Phone:020 7254 1572
While a museum specialising in the decorative interior of homes throughout the ages might not sound immediately interesting, it would be a waste to dismiss this beautiful museum without giving it a try. Housed in a beautiful Grade I listed almshouse, the fully-fitted period rooms allow visitors to travel through homes from 1600 to the present day, while also learning about how daily life has dramatically changed during that time. Described as a ‘furnished time machine’, its a fascinating tribute to domestic life in the UK over the years.
Address: 136 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8EA
Phone: 020 7739 9893
Main image credit: George Rex