finally made it to hackney wick – just bordering the grand victoria park, it was a lovely day to discover something new and really not that far away from home. we drove and parked outside the Hackney Pearl – a lovely cafe/restaurant, which served delicious cakes and home made ginger beer – they also do brunch right through to dinner! take a walk through the streets heading towards fish island. you will pass graffiti filled walls and skateboard park.
you’ll then reach Crate bar and pizza in Queens Yard, which is directly on the canal and very popular with young ones. its not only an eatery, but also brews its own beer. its actually a lovely spot to sit by the waters.
across the yard is the yard theatre, a home made theatre and bar showing theatre, music and comedy – there is also a cafe there. by this point, we were v impressed by all these interesting ventures, and what’s great is that it is all affordable! we carried on over the bridge to fish island and found all these amazing warehouses, converted into artists studios, and even more cafes and galleries all with cafes that back onto the canal. you are now bordering the edge of olympic city, and you can see that the banks of the canal are being re landscaped to join onto the park.
you will end up passing H forman, which is where they specialise in high quality smoke salmon and now also has a restaurant and gallery. its apparently up market food – we had hoped to get an early table, but it was all booked up, so I would advice making a reservation. you end up at fish island riviera with even more bars and even fishing. you can then walk along the other side of the canal – take in life on the numerous houseboats, watch the cyclists and joggers and then get back to where you started from – all in all a very enjoyable, discovering day!