West Carolina's Guide to Hackney
One of the most rapidly changing neighbourhoods in London is Hackney, and having our West Carolina Concept store here is a wonderful experience. Being surrounded with vibrant independent shops, cafes and restaurants. How can you possibly get bored?!
In light of celebrating all things Hackney, we decided to create our own Guide to Hackney - including our favourite places to shop, eat, drink and dance.
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A fully vegan restaurant that even non-vegans can't resist. They are sustainable and a local favourite. Take a visit to experience their delicious food and take photos with their beautiful interior.
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The Ræburn Lab is an experimental retail store which puts sustainability at the forefront of their functional yet unique design.
Make Town (@make.town)
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Whether you love textiles or not, you'll no doubt love this place! Make Town is a textiles and craft studio in the heart of Hackney. They host workshops where guest tutors and experienced makers share their passion for making across all disciplines of textiles.
Temple of Seitan (@templeofseitan)
Temple of Seitan are a fully vegan company. They sell meat alternatives without compromising on flavour. If you're here for a vegan fix, this is your answer!
Night Tales (@nighttalesldn)
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Night Tales is a hip, industrial-style hangout spot with global street food, frozen cocktails, a large outdoor area and DJs. The perfect spot for a food and dance combo!
Mare Street Market (@marestreetmarket)
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Combining food and drinking, Mare Street Market is a hip, leafy market with communal seats, serving pizza, deli and veggie cuisine - plus a beer garden. For a beautiful interior and amazing pictures, be sure to give them a visit!
Hackney Church Brew Co (@hackneychurchbrewco)
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The Hackney Church Brew Company is about more than just great beer and great food. They focus on providing an amazing space with a deep connection to the community. Combining both beer and people.
WhiP Hackney (@whipstergram)
WhiP are an eco-friendly boutique hairdresser, barber and music lounge set within the bustling backdrop of Hackney, East London. They have a genderless policy serving barnets from all backgrounds - including styling, cutting and colouring for Afro hair. So if you're in the need of a new cut, be sure to pay WhiP a visit!
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HACKNEY L.I.F.T (@hackney_lift)
The final place on our Guide to Hackney isn't a physical place but a big inspiration of ours! The team behind Christopher Raeburn created a map called The Hackney Low Impact Fashion Trail (L.I.F.T). This map includes independent fashion boutiques, as well as places to eat and drink, markets, museums and green spaces - all within the Hackney area. The route only takes around 10 minutes from each end and is ideal for those who are trying to shop more sustainably and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. So be sure to check them out at @hackney_lift on Instagram!
Words by Dee Jobanputra