Responses to “What do you know about Hackney Wick?” – Tim B

Full of warehouses and artists, many with a-symetrical haircuts and geek glasses. lots of parties, flea markets, and host of the yearly hackney WICKed festival. very new trendy but not quite the pretentious heights of shoreditch..
Lois Darcy – Sister of Tim

I have been to a lovely place called the Pearl of Hackney for a good grub, hummm what else..it’s meant to be full of artists studios and will be hot during the olympics and I don’t mean hot weather, of course..
Paula De Almeida

I got my bike frame powder coated by Armourtex there. I’m so trendy. It’s not a single speed though, and I don’t ride my bike wearing rolled up skinny jeans and loafers.
Trevor Saull

Council houses. Very scary at night. No direct bus to Camden. And it also seemed way colder than the rest of London. Though that might be to do with the chilly atmosphere.
Fran Schwarz

Former industrial wasteland turned peripheral hipster squat disneyland.
Thms Crln

Not as far away as you think it is.. as long as yo u don’t want to go to the west end. Also.. full of smug peeps.
Michael Bamforth

East London, a bit rough around the edges but one of those up and coming trendy areas with arty types and warehouse conversions aplenty. Though you do have to get an overground train there which is a pain…
Katy Cooper

Where are the tubes?! as the crow flies – not very far, TFL wise – missions! Also you have to say it like it’s wicked e.g. “hackney-WICK” *some kind of accompanying ghetto hand gesture*
Hannah Lee

Is where I used to end up when fell asleep on nightbus!
A place of urban regeneration where there will soon be a village area?
Kamal Gupta

Shithole, thankfully very difficult to get to.
Archie Macjoyce

Having been an industrial sector in pre-war London, the Wick continued to stay non residential as old factory spaces became depots and packaging facilities. Towards the end of the century globalised trade advances rendered these spaces redu…ndant, and they were snapped up for pennies on the dollar and turned into cheap ‘mock -up’ studio apartments, attracting artists and musicians- who need space and generally have minimal fixed income. As time has gone on, the rising image of it as an arty area, coupled with the general gentrification of east london has meant landlords are now able to make a tidy profit renting out wharehouses they bought very cheaply decades ago.
Charlie Miller
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