Exploring Hackney Wick: The Hip Waterfront Haven

Hackney Wick, located in the heart of East London, has transformed into one of the city's most vibrant and eclectic neighbourhoods. With its industrial charm, artistic spirit, and stunning waterfront, Hackney Wick is a hotspot for hip bars, trendy restaurants, and cultural hubs. Whether you're a foodie, an art enthusiast, or someone looking to experience East London's dynamic energy, Hackney Wick has something special to offer. Here's a guide to making the most of your visit, with highlights on key spots like Randy’s Wings, Howling Hops, GROW, and Crate Brewery, and tips on how to get there from New Road Hotel in Whitechapel. Are you visiting ABBA Voyage, head down to Hackney Wick before or after for some great food and drinks.

Getting to Hackney Wick

Traveling from New Road Hotel in Whitechapel to Hackney Wick is simple and convenient. You have a couple of great options:

By Train: Take the Overground from Whitechapel to Stratford (one stop), then transfer to another Overground train and travel one stop to Hackney Wick. The journey is quick and hassle-free, allowing you to dive straight into the heart of the action.

By Bike: For a more scenic and active route, grab a Santander bike and enjoy a leisurely cycle ride through Victoria Park. This route not only offers beautiful views but also lets you experience the local atmosphere and green spaces along the way.

A Day in Hackney Wick

Randy’s Wings

Start your culinary adventure at Randy’s Wing Bar, a must-visit for chicken wing enthusiasts. Located at Here East, Randy’s offers a mouthwatering selection of wings, from classic Buffalo to unique flavours like the Hanoi Sticky. The relaxed, industrial setting perfectly complements the bold flavours, making it an ideal spot to kick off your Hackney Wick exploration.

Howling Hops

Next, head to Howling Hops, the UK's first dedicated tank bar. Nestled in a converted industrial space, Howling Hops offers a unique experience where beers are served directly from large tanks. This brewery is known for its diverse and ever-changing beer selection, catering to all tastes—from hoppy IPAs to rich stouts. The spacious beer hall atmosphere is perfect for enjoying a pint with friends and soaking in the local vibe.


For those seeking a mix of art, music, and sustainability, GROW is the place to be. This independent, canal-side venue hosts live music, DJ sets, and art exhibitions, all within a space committed to environmental sustainability. Enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the water or explore the eclectic programming that showcases Hackney Wick’s creative spirit. GROW’s focus on community and culture makes it a cornerstone of the neighbourhood.

Crate Brewery

No visit to Hackney Wick is complete without stopping by Crate Brewery. Located on the canal, Crate Brewery offers a fantastic selection of craft beers brewed on-site, as well as delicious stone-baked pizzas. The rustic, upcycled decor and lively atmosphere make it a popular hangout spot. Whether you’re enjoying a sunny day outside by the water or cozying up inside, Crate Brewery provides a quintessential Hackney Wick experience.

Hackney Bridge

Round off your day at Hackney Bridge, a dynamic new development that has quickly become a cultural and social hub. Featuring a mix of workspaces, food stalls, and event spaces, Hackney Bridge is a great street food space by overlooking the canal. Explore the diverse food offerings, catch a live performance, or simply enjoy the vibrant community atmosphere that defines Hackney Wick.

Hackney Wick is a testament to East London’s ability to reinvent and rejuvenate itself, blending its industrial past with a vibrant, creative present. From savouring delicious wings at Randy’s and sampling fresh brews at Howling Hops, to soaking in the artsy ambiance at GROW and enjoying the bustling energy of Crate Brewery, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do. With its easy accessibility from New Road Hotel, whether by train or bike, Hackney Wick is an essential destination for anyone looking to explore the best of what East London has to offer.

Stay tuned to the New Road Hotel blog for more insider tips and local guides, and get ready to immerse yourself in the unique charm of Hackney Wick.

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