28 Apr MYS’ NEIGHBOURHOOD GUIDE TO HACKNEY WICK
Who are we and what do we do?
We provide the best workspaces for creative professionals in London because every entrepreneur deserves a professional place at an affordable price to build a life-changing business. Mainyard Studios first started in Hackney Wick in 2012 and this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. The flagship space is located on Wallis Road in the Hackney Wick area of east London which has been home to one of the largest communities of creatives and entrepreneurial businesses in the capital for the last two decades.
Located at the end of Wallis Road, adjacent to the River Lea, Our Hackney Wick location was the first in our locations at Mainyard Studios. We’ve provided a secure and pleasant presence in Hackney Wick for a while now and pride ourselves on supporting a vast array of small businesses, creatives, makers and entrepreneurs who support hundreds of businesses.
We provide an array of spaces in Hackney Wick that are tailored to fit any person looking to start up or support an existing business, or simply work from. `We understand that most people look for an alternative to the trappings of “working from home” so we welcome those all who need a space to set themselves up in.
Enough about us and who we are, let’s talk about Hackney Wick!
If you are considering moving to Hackney Wick or have even lived there for a while and STILL haven’t realised the greatness and huge potential it has, here are some reasons for you!
- Hackney Wick is located conveniently on the London Overground, on the Stratford to Richmond/Clapham Junction branch and can be easily accessed by the station which is located on White Post Lane. Just across the River Lea is the Olympic Park and within a 15 minutes walking distance the newly regenerated Stratford, which now boasts East London’s primary development areas and retail destinations, namely Westfield shopping centre and the surrounding East Village development.
- Hackney Wick, in many regards to those who have moved here in recent times, is said to be the new Shoreditch, due in most part to the exodus of young creatives and artists who have moved to this area, attracted by cheaper rents and bigger spaces thanks to the conversion of many of the areas former industrial sites such as disused factories and warehouses. former industrial yards such as the ones at Queen’s Yard, a hop and a skip away from the station, now boast numerous microbreweries, craft pizzerias and other exuberant eateries which provide the area with a multitude of mouth watering options come lunch and dinner time.
- The area encompassing Hackney Wick and nearby Fish Island is home to a high concentration of office and commercial space which is waiting to be used by small and big business alike, entrepreneurs and creatives alike. The abundance of commercial property in the area makes it a suitable destination for people starting up their businesses and should be taken advantage of as the area is seeing continuous development. Whether you’re looking at opening your own restaurant or cafe, looking for office space to base your business from or searching for studio space in order to create your art, Hackney Wick is sure to appeal to you.
- Hackney Wick is an area that has seen some of the most extensive development since the Olympics in an area located just opposite on the west side of the bank of the Lea and as such is an area that now has flowing links to extensive development with the growth of other commercial and residential development in nearby Stratford and Hackney in the years following the Olympics.
Over the last month, the team at Mainyard Studios have been working to create “Mainyard Studios’ Guide to Hackney Wick ” for anyone living in, working in or considering moving to Hackney Wick. This is because there is a wealth of local, independent and amazing businesses in Hackney Wick and its surrounding areas that are being overshadowed by larger companies and they deserve more attention from the area’s residents.
So, to combat this issue, we have compiled a list of our favourite businesses in 10 different categories.
We have based this list on quality of service/product, price for service/product provided, customer service, accessibility and many, MANY reviews that support why the business is amazing and worth your time.
Henry Wiltshire Estate Agents
This international chain has locations dotted around London and Manchester, including an office in Hackney Wick. A specialist in the high-profile areas of regeneration in London, Henry Wiltshire is ideal for any buyer, seller, or landlord looking to list or attain property in this continuously developing area of East London. The company has won many awards, including allAgents Best Letting Agents of the Year 2021.
In the company’s own words, they offer a 360 degree spectrum of comprehensive property services that create value and cover the entire property lifecycle. Our services encompass the initial acquisition, to the conception phase and the sales and marketing plan, through to completion and management of your asset.’ With a wide portfolio of clients and listings, it’s safe to say that this Estate Agent will impress you when searching for your next property.
hear from clients that can testify to the company’s reputability:
“Amazing service from Henry Wiltshire Hayes. They handle any issues I have in a very professional and friendly manner. The most wonderful customer service I’ve had with any estate agencies, highly recommend.”
Contact: +44 (0)20 3696 9610
Address: 133 Chimney Parade, Fish Island, London E3 2GY
This Michelin starred seafood and modern British restaurant is run by chef Tom Brown and provides diners with a calm/informal atmosphere in which to enjoy award winning food and drink in. If you’re looking to freely spend on a spectacular meal then this is probably the best option for high quality food in the area.
Serving original, delicious and inventive flavours and dishes, this restaurant is a treasure for this small part of East London that is clearly and successfully growing. Dining at this restaurant is purely a delight when supplied with adamant cocktails or wines with mouth watering food.
Contact (for reservations): 02089863922
Address: 3 Prince Edward Road Hackney Wick, E9 5LX
Number 90 Bar & Kitchen
This Terraced river-side bar and restaurant, serves food from locally-sourced produce, a wide range of drinks, including extensive cocktail menu and various craft beers. Number 90 has events programmes featuring art, music, theatre, comedy, film and more.
A multiple award winning bar and restaurant, the site also contains an in-house mini art gallery and boasts frequent DJ sets and live performances. Dishes from the kitchen include gluten-free and vegan options, with a whole assortment of thinger-licking plates to satisfy any hungry punter.
We’d recommend the famous TNG burger any day of the week!
Contact: 020 8986 0090
Address: 90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, E9 5LN London
The Wick CrossFit
If you’re looking for a fully equipped workout spot that caters to both beginners and elite athletes then look no further. The Wick Crossfit is a reputable local establishment that is open all day and offers flexible training programs no matter what activity you’re looking at doing.
located 200m from Hackney Wick overground station, this gym provides the perfect space to catch an after work gym sesh Private courtyard for secure bicycle storage. Modern, air-conditioned, with members lounge and recovery area. Vast arrays of equipment.
Contact: 020 8054 1696
Address: The Bagel Factory, 17 Rothbury Rd, London E9 5HA
Wicked Bike Repair
There’s a plethora of bike repair and hire shops around Hackney Wick, with a devoted cycling community that seeks to utilise more eco-friendly ways of transportation, whilst mixing that with a motivation to exercise. This shop in particular offers custom orders and builds, tune ups, full services or just fixing flat tyres. Same day service is often provided but services can be scheduled too.
Founder and owner Umberto is a very experienced cyclist and therefore lends for a more personalised and friendly transaction. If you’re looking to explore this area of East London by bike or simply need help with your current model, then hit this place up for a great customer experience.
Here it is from previous customers who can validity Wicked Bike Repair’s wickedness: “I was looking for a bike shop near Hackney Wick. Having visited several shops, I found them to be very friendly and did a great job repairing my bike. Would definitely recommend it!”
Contact: 07473 672736
Address: Units 1-28, ECHO BUILDING, E Bay Ln, London E15 2SJ
Street Food and Markets
Originally a temporary pop up, Hackney Bridge is here to stay and boasts numerous international food stalls, with a central bar. Both indoor and outdoor seating is provided, so you can enjoy the sunshine on a clear day or shelter from the rain when it’s not. The Outdoor terrace supports views by the river Lea and ensures good COVID safety measures for all customers.
We’d recommend this fantastic find a short walk from the Olympic park, with £5 lunches offered by all stalls at Tuesday and Wednesday lunch times and 2 for 1 selected cocktails on Tuesday to friday from 3pm to 7pm. We’re pretty certain this place will soon be on your bucket list of places to hit up for a tasty and affordable lunch or a cheeky bevy after work.
Address: Units 1-28, Echo Building, E Bay Ln, London E15 2SJ
open times:Tuesday: 12pm – 22:00pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm – 22:00pm
Thursday: 12:00pm – 23:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm – 00:00am
Saturday: 11:00am – 00:00am
Sunday: 11:00am – 22:00pm
This cosy outdoor-indoor space is overflowing with plush greenery and plants to realign your energies around lunch time (excuse the false-spirituality, but we are in Hackney after all) with an appealing variety of vegan, vegetarian and meat options for you to choose from.
Thingy Cafe provides a refreshing retreat from the average high street faire of chippys and kebab houses, offering a variety of mouth watering lunch choices. Pop in and sample the Eggs Royale or their Gluten-free Banana & Walnut Stuffed Pancakes!
want to hear what customers had to say about this fantastic local cafe, well locals testify:
“Spacious indoor cafe and garden with a calm, welcoming atmosphere – a surprise to find tucked away in an unlikely place! Great food and coffee (the lentil dahl are especially yum.) Super kind and welcoming staff, who go the extra mile to take an interest and support the local community. Love this place!”
Address: 1 Trowbridge Rd, London E9 5LD
Holistic Health Consultancy/clinic
If you’re looking for a local trained homoeopath who specialises in naturopathy, gut health, and the use of natural medicines to contribute to an improved lifestyle and your overall health, then BubbleCuddle is definitely the place you should be looking to.
Trained microbiome guardian Charlotte Tiffany is there to make sure clients have the most comfortable and personalised meetings and experiences with her as possible. She focuses on gut health in both adults and children and offers consultation on how to best improve your health according to skilled practices, so you can continue to optimise your own health and wellbeing.
Contact: 07850 540701
Address: B Zero 1, 92-94 Wallis Rd, London E9 5LN
Coworking and Workspaces
Mainyard Studios [Hackney Wick]
Our flagship community, 90 Wallis Road was born here, Crafted from the blood, sweat, tears and laughter of our founders and Hackney Wick locals, Remi and Tori.
Expanded in 2017 to include next door 92 & 94, this location is in the creative enterprise zone in between the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Victoria Park with amazing transport links and local amenities.
based in former dye-cutting and print factories, the buildings have been repurposed to accommodate 31,000 sq ft of award winning riverside workspaces.
The open-plan co-working space at 90 benefits from an abundance of natural light in a setting with high ceilings and great views across the surrounding area. Studios have been designed to suit a variety of creative professionals. There is a range of self-contained spaces, including offices suitable for photographers or video producers, as well as studio spaces for musicians, producers and artists.
Contact: 0333 344 0938
Address: 90-94 Wallis Rd, London E9 5LN
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The park, which celebrates its 10th anniversary since opening this year, offers visitors 560 acres of space to relax and wander around, providing food and drink stalls, canals, and bike paths. With a multitude of facilities in the immediate area which were purpose built for the 2012 London Olympics, you can certainly find something to occupy your time with when visiting the park.
There’s something for everyone when you go to Climbing/play area for children and plenty of benches for relaxing or picnicking. Pedalos/rowboats for hire on the canal. Short walk from Stratford Train station, good transport connections to the rest of London, and also close to Westfield Shopping Centre.
Contact (customer service helpline): 0800 0722 110
This famous green space in East London is Tower Hamlets’ largest park and one of the most visited in the capital. If it weren’t for the omnipresent drone of traffic and other sounds London omits you could almost believe you were out in the country wandering along the plush lawns and walking paths Victoria Park offers. Sporting pictures, landscapes and views along with numerous shops, bars and restaurants surrounding the space, Vicky Park to locals is a sure fire destination to get some air and enjoy some tranquil vibes.
The Park boasts two cafes to choose where to enjoy a much needed coffee and slice of cake, a skate park, two children’s play areas, and plenty of space to set up sporting activities ranging from football and badminton to cricket and rounders.
If you have made it this far, then congratulations!
To wrap this guide up we’d like to thank you for reading this far and we hope you enjoyed our Mainyard Guide to Hackney Wick and found it informative and hopefully entertaining! This is the fourth of several Mainyard Guides we will be creating featuring locations throughout London so if you subscribe to our email list, they can be emailed straight to you and you can download it as a PDF and or view it online. We’d also like to thank the business listed in our guide for the fantastic services and products they all offer and wish them the best of luck moving forward.
THANK YOU FOR READING!