Jo Fitzsimons

Freelance Travel & Lifestyle Writer

Hackney: London’s Hipster Scene Seeps Deeper into the East End

Hackney Empire

Poverty. Petty Crime. Prostitution. Not too long ago, the East End of London languished under a cloud of sinister stereotypes. Noxious fumes from industry, over-crowded workhouses, slums and slaughterhouses all defined the East End. But the past few decades have heralded a period of regeneration. The creative types moved in and little by little the East End pulled itself up by its working-class bootstraps. Slums have made way for trendy flats and warehouses have converted into studios. Theatre has revived, art galleries have opened their doors and the traditional boozers are doing a roaring trade…albeit with a more sophisticated clientele.

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This entry was posted on January 13, 2014 by in Destinations, Europe.
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