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We loved 2016 in Hackney

If you’re reeling from the events of 2016 here are our highlights of the year in Hackney to cheer you up. See – it’s not been such a bad year after all!

The Woodberry Wetlands reopened

An urban oasis for wildlife in Hackney reopend to the public on 1 May after 200 years of closure. TV legend Sir David Attenborough officially opened the reservoir, in Stoke Newington, which has been sculptured into 27 acres of beautiful reed-fringed ponds and dykes (above).


The Run Hackney half marathon returned

A record number of runners took part in 2016’s Vitality Run Hackney half marathon on 8 May. The course took in some of the borough’s most iconic landmarks, including Hackney Empire, Broadway Market, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Watch this space for 2017’s race… 


Street artist Stik collaborated with Hackney for London Pride

Stik’s two metre-high flag flew from the ‘I Love Hackney’ black cab (below) during the parade on 25 June. Two people holding hands against a rainbow backdrop was the powerful symbol of love and equality that adorned Hackney's London Pride parade float. Pride 2017 returns to London on 8 July. 

Fashion district Hackney Walk opened new stores

The Nike factory retail store in London’s new fashion district, Hackney Walk, on Morning Lane, opened. With discounts of up to 70 per cent off, Nike joined Gieves & Hawkes, UGG, Colombo, Folli Follie, Zadig & Voltaire, legs, Present, Nicole Farhi, Burberry, Aquascutum, Bally, Anya Hindmarch and Pringle of Scotland. 

Hackney One Carnival returned

The streets of Hackney were filled with colourful costumes, banging beats and tasty treats when the Hackney One Carnival returned to the borough on 11 September. Watch this space for 2017’s extravaganza… 


Open House London threw open its doors in Hackney

From sustainable theatres and restored almshouses, to mosques and recycled tube train carriages, London’s largest annual festival of architecture returned with the chance to visit 750 buildings for free – of which over 40 were in Hackney. Open House London 2017 returns on 16-17 September.


Sleeping Beauty panto at Hackney Empire made light of 2016

Quick – there’s still time to rectify 2016…head down to Hackney Empire for its latest dose of panto therapy. Turning the classic fairy tale on its head, creative directors Susie McKenna and Steven Edis have brought a much-needed sprinkling of magic – and escapism – to the year. On until 8 January.