Hackney Pearl, Hackney Wick
Hackney Wick, located close to the Olympic site, is a fascinating area. As the last of it's industrial legacy shuts up shop, it is being taken over by artists and other creative type, attracted by the cheap rents (or the ripe squatting opportunities). Think Hoxton circa 1992, before anyone had heard of it. These days however life moves a lot quicker and already newspaper articles have appeared about the property investment 'opportunities'. The first to capitalise on the regeneration of E9 is Hackney Pearl - a restaurant bar and cafe. Not a massive place, the decor is clean but quirky. Battered school chairs and Formica tables are order of the day, but its comfortable. On visit coincided with a flea market nearby, so the atmosphere was lively and fun. On the booze front, you'll find beers courtesy of Meantime, amongst others, while the Bloody Mary was the best we've tried in a very long time. If you're getting peckish, there is a small but tasty looking menu, with prices floating around the early teens. Add to the mix some genuinely friendly service and the Hackney Pearl lives up to its name. Now if someone could properly reopen the poor old Lord Napier round the corner too you'd almost have a pub crawl on your hands.
11 Prince Edward Road, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5LX
020 8510 3605
How to get there
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How to find the Hackney Pearl pub
From Hackney Wick Overground, exit right and and take a short walk up to Prince Edward Road on the left. You'll see the bar from there. The Wick is also well served by buses.