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HACKNEY HOUSE 186 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU

About Hackney House

Hackney House has been created by Hackney Council with the support of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). It is a stunning, architectdesigned 1,000sq m urban pop-up space in Hackney’s Shoreditch district which will showcase the area’s business and cultural offer during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It’s a unique partnership between the London Borough of Hackney and UKTI and is supported by private sponsorship and membership. During the day Hackney House will host a series of events based around themed days. These include tech, creative, tourism, fashion, food, investment and development expo style events and conferences. The aim is to show the world what Hackney and East London have to offer and increase investment and jobs in the area. At night Hackney House will showcase performance. From the cool vibe of local artists singing and performing, to the region’s top comedians and cabaret artists. As part of our mission to tell the world about Hackney, Tech City and the regeneration of East London, Hackney House will also be home to the world’s top non-sports media who are here to report on the incredible socio and economic legacy of the 2012 Games. Our vision is about using Hackney House to bring new investment to the borough and supporting those local businesses with their plans for growth. Hackney House is generously supported by our amazing local businesses and investors – without your support and shared vision for Hackney this would not have happened.

Welcome to Hackney House, and welcome to London 2012 Jules Pipe CBE Mayor of Hackney

As London’s youngest, most diverse and most creative borough, Hackney represents the future of this incredible global city. Home to communities from all over the world, Hackney is a true global village, with a fascinating history and heritage. We have the highest concentration of artists and creative workers anywhere in Europe. We are at the heart of the Tech City cluster of rapidly growing digital businesses. We have the youngest population of any London borough, and that energy is reflected in the businesses that are making their homes and growing here: fashion, architecture, design, music, food, hospitality, media and technology. Hackney encapsulates everything that is great about our capital city, and everything that is being celebrated in this Olympic year. That’s why we call Hackney the real heart of London. As Hackney’s elected Mayor, I am determined to make the most of the Games for our borough, both in Games time itself, and in legacy. That’s what Hackney House is all about. It’s a showcase to the world, where all that is exciting, dynamic and creative in Hackney’s business sectors can be seen and experienced. It’s a networking venue where business people, investors, domestic and international media can meet, work, and relax in Games time. It’s a place to socialise and to experience the rich variety of musical talent, comedy and entertainment that East London has to offer. I hope that you enjoy your visit to Hackney House and to our borough, and that you will always remember Hackney as part of your London 2012 experience. With best wishes,


For advice and information on moving into the borough for the first time: For strategic advice about relocating and developing your business in Hackney: Andrew Sissons Interim Head of Regeneration Delivery Carl Welham Interim Business Investment manager


The Regeneration Delivery Team at London Borough of Hackney covers each of the boroughs individual town centres including Shoreditch, Dalston, Stoke Newington, Hackney Central and Hackney Wick. For more information, please contact the relevant Town Centre Manager:

Dalston Town Centre Cory Defoe

The Council can advise businesses on getting the right location for your business and you can talk with the town centre managers who have in-depth knowledge of their area.

Hackney Central Town Centre - Hannah Dalgleish Hackney Wick Town Centre - Ian Freshwater Shoreditch Town Centre Duncan Ray Stoke Newington & Chatsworth Town Centres - Anne Malcolm

Inward Investment in Hackney is led by the Council’s Regeneration Delivery Team. The team supports businesses big or small as well as new start-ups to locate in the Borough. The team is highly experienced in inward investment, business relocations as well as having industry specific knowledge across key sectors such as tech, fashion, design, construction, leisure and tourism, retail, charities, creative industries and the arts.

Once you have chosen your location the team acts as a conduit between your organisation and the Council, providing practical help with finding premises, planning matters and helping you to link up with key partners and industry groups in the area. Regeneration Delivery Team 020 8356 7746 London Borough of Hackney, The Annex, 3rd Floor, 2 Hillman Street, London E8 1FB


FOREWORD Eric Van Der Kleij, Chief Executive of Tech City Investment Organisation I was very pleased to have been asked to contribute the foreword to this programme of activities taking place at Hackney House during the Olympic Games. The remarkable work being done in the East End over recent years by all involved in the area is showing great results, with companies such as Google setting up their Campus facility in Tech City for the army of entrepreneurs growing their businesses in the area. This all contributes to further developing the vision for what is now Europe’s fastest growing technology, digital and creative cluster, that stretches from Old Street to the Olympic Park. The events programme at Hackney House is a fitting way to showcase the best of the area to the many thousands of visitors we are expecting during the Olympic period. We must capitalise on the unique opportunity that Games time will give us to tell the East London technology and innovation story to the world, to attract vital inward investment and help secure the long lasting economic legacy that the 2005 Olympic bid promised. We greatly value the contribution that digital entrepreneurs have made to the regeneration of East London and the government has actively worked in partnership with the private sector and both regional and local government to encourage the growth and development of the cluster.


That energy is reflected in the businesses that are establishing themselves in Hackney and the wider East London Tech City. East London is also very fortunate because the attractions of the area extend beyond digital and technology sectors, but there are major strengths in the creative industries, fashion, architecture, design, music, food, hospitality, and media. It is often at the intersection point of these industries in the digital age, where collaborations and innovation is sparked by the sharing of ideas, which is one of the goals of Hackney House. Hackney House provides an excellent opportunity for the many thousands of business and political leaders and journalists that are coming to London in Games time to see first hand that incredible entrepreneurial spirit, and meet the companies and people that are making this happen. East London is a culturally rich place of opportunity and is an exciting place to do business. We look forward to seeing the fruits of the connections made during the Games time bearing fruit in the future.

hackney empires Ian King, Business and City Editor of The Times Some of Britain’s most celebrated business people were Hackney-born, Hackney-bred or both. They include the late Arnold Weinstock, one of the giants of postwar British electrical engineering and manufacturing and Alan Sugar, one of Britain’s best-known entrepreneurs. Hackney was also the birthplace of one of Britain’s most successful business stories of the last two decades: Jack Cohen, the co-founder of Tesco, launched his grocery empire, now the world’s second-biggest retailer, from a stall on Well Street Market in 1919. But Hackney is not resting on its laurels. Packed with a entrepreneurial, ambitious, outward-looking and overwhelmingly young population, the chances are that this is the place from where many of tomorrow’s business success stories will emerge. Hackney is packed with small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs in the jargon – of the sort that helped create more than 200,000 private sector jobs during the first three months of this Olympic year. They are based overwhelmingly in the services sector, in activities that span from running restaurants, cafes and shops to recording and film studios, architecture practices, fashion workshops, design consultancies, art galleries, graphic designers and, increasingly, technology.


The streets around central Shoreditch, referred to as ‘Silicon Roundabout’, have already been the cradle of some of the most exciting start-ups to emerge from Britain’s nascent technology sector during recent years. They include, an online music recommendation service, for which the US entertainment giant CBS paid £140 million in 2007, and Mind Candy, creator of the hugely popular Moshi Monsters, a social network and game aimed at under 13-year-olds. However, the big boys of the global tech sector have also started to take an interest, with Google’s Campus project, a tech incubator that provides high-speed broadband and business advice on-site, also moving in. In short, it is one of the most exciting districts of one of the world’s most exciting cities. There really are few places better to start a business than Hackney.

a walk on the east side sir Terence Conran, world renowned designer, restaurateur and retailer The East End has been culturally and creatively transformed more than any other area of London over the last 20 years. As the world descends on London for the Olympics, it is fair to say that Hackney and the surrounding areas will be a destination for thousands of tourists over the coming weeks, something that would have seemed implausible 20 years ago. People will be seeking out the quirky shops and excellent restaurants, bars and clubs for a less sanitised view of London than what might be experienced in the West End. Hackney has seized the opportunity to create a unique, diverse and thriving community, but it should be no surprise as its proximity to the centre of London, transport links and the availability of affordable housing has made it an extremely attractive proposition to young, affluent people who have made the area in their own image. And the gutsy, raw industrial Victorian buildings, for so long abandoned, were crying out for creative entrepreneurs to breathe new life into them because they make the perfect setting for cool venues and spectacular spaces, which has attracted the investment from the leisure industries and creative communities.


The beauty of the area is that, by and large, the big chains have been kept at bay and it is the independent ventures that are thriving, giving the area a friendly, village atmosphere in its own right. It has a very personal feel to it that is perfectly free of cynicism and any visitor can expect a warm welcome and find something interesting to do, whatever their persuasion or poison. It’s why we chose to locate Boundary there, on the corner in that beautiful old printworks, and why we continue to enjoy being part of the community. Unlike other communities across London the traditional seems to comfortably blend with the modern to create a lively atmosphere, whatever the time of day – as architects and stockbrokers arrive with their morning coffee, the clubbers are collecting their post-rave bagels on their way home. With the large number of creative industries and advertising agencies locating in the area, some have tried to brand it as ‘the new Soho’ but I think it is far more special than that – it’s the East End and we are very proud to call it home.

Eastern promise Mark Hix, award-winning chef, restaurateur and food writer I’ve lived in Hackney for about 17 years, firstly on the noisy and bustling Great Eastern Street when there were very few residents on the street and only a handful of bars and very few restaurants, and later in De Beauvoir which was somewhat quieter residentially but home to some fantastic Turkish and Vietnamese restaurants and Asian and Turkish supermarkets. My friend Hieu opened Cay Tre when I lived on Great Eastern Street and that was certainly a great move on his part to offer a more authentic Vietnamese cuisine than many of the restaurants up the Kingsland Road were offering at the time. Now, Hieu


also has Viet Grill on Kingsland Road itself and a lot of the longstanding Vietnamese restaurants have refurbished and had serious makeovers which is great for the area. Before I moved into Hackney I used to visit the Mangal Ockabasi in Arcola Street which at the time just had a few seats around the grill and four tables. Now it’s like a Tardis and they seem to have moved into the surrounding buildings, but the food is still great and I love the fact that there is still no menu, just what’s in the chilled display cabinet. About nine years ago I walked past what is now the Rivington Grill and saw the manager with a set of keys in his hand. I said hi, and he asked if I was interested in taking over the restaurant, which Ratnesh, my current business partner, and I did. After a few quiet months of sitting at the bar on my own with a few mates, the business suddenly picked up and even James Goff from Stirling Ackroyd congratulated me after initially saying to me: ‘good luck, you will need it’. Anyway, a decade or so later the Rivington Grill is no longer ours but still carries the ethos of British food and a similar crowd. The area is now heaving with bars and restaurants, some of which change hands on an annual basis and some pop up in the most unlikely spots like ‘Jason Lowe and Lori Di Mori’ Towpath Cafe on the canal which is a fantastic place to stop off on the way to work on your bike or by foot, or just to meet friends for a coffee or snack. I think Shoreditch and Hackney still have a lot of room for quality establishments, and there is still the market for old established places like the Eyre Brothers and the Great Eastern Dining Rooms, and I can’t wait for the new Brindisa site on Curtain Road as Spanish cuisine is certainly something that is missing in the area. Photo: Jason Lowe

centre of interactive talent Nick Farnhill, Managing Partner at Poke London Bruce Sterling wrapped up this year’s SXSW Interactive festival with his now traditional ‘Ultimate Talk’, summing up the week’s notable content and delivering his creative, cultural and technical assessments that we will carry through this coming year. Among observations of the growth of Twitter and the beauty of Kickstarter, a tip of the hat was made specifically to the ‘Silicon Roundabout’. In Bruce’s mind, it is “a very hairy area right now; the world’s biggest centre of interactive talent”. What? A Bruce Sterling name check, on a world stage to an audience well versed in the hype vs. the reality? Why not? A glance at Charles Armstrong’s now famous Tech City Map presents a formidable list of almost 1,200 companies making up the ‘technology eco-system’ of East London, from Clerkenwell to the Olympic Village, and contributing to the creative, technical and entrepreneurial reputation of an area that is now recognised worldwide. Culturally, the Shoreditch arts scene has flourished for hundreds of years as an alternative to the West End, attracting entertainers and creatives from beyond the mainstream. Later, an equally industrious design and production industry developed in textiles and furniture – however, it suffered a rapid decline in the 20th century, coupled with the East End bearing the brunt of the Blitz.


For a while, the East End was unloved, but fast-forward to the mid-90s and artists looking for cheap studio and living space discovered the East End and the scene exploded again. Not dissimilar to New York’s Lower East Side or Berlin Mitte. The heady early days of the ‘Silicon Roundabout’ happened in 1995. AMX Digital, Oven, Deepend, Obsolete, Lateral and RealTime Studios, among others, set up shops. Due to either attrition or acquisition, not one of these early inhabitants remains, but related alumni as well as many new and talented companies have been established: an inspirational mix of creative agencies, tech start-ups, production companies and collectives secured the area’s credentials; now internet juggernauts like Google, Twitter and Facebook are expressing interest in potentially making greater links. What sets apart this band of pioneers looking to make a difference is a willingness to collaborate, representative of the ‘open’ internet. Human networks are driving the digital networks – digital folk looking for creative opportunities to share, help and inspire each other. Initiatives like Digital Shoreditch, Internet Week Europe, Silicon Drinkabout and MiniBar are the tip of the iceberg, with the consistent theme that it’s ‘good to talk’. How very analogue.

Europe’s Answer to Silicon Valley Sarah Wood, co-founder and COO at Unruly, and Dr Caroline Wiertz, reader in marketing at Cass Business School, City University London For us Londoners, perhaps the most exciting aspect of the 2012 Olympic Games is the regeneration of East London. In addition to the beautiful Olympic Park, new housing and vital public transport upgrades that will vastly improve the life of East Londoners, business, especially tech and digital business, is also benefiting. In 2010, the UK government introduced the Tech City Investment Organisation

(TCIO), a programme designed to extend the digital hub that had grown up around Shoreditch roundabout. The organisation has been successful in raising London’s global profile as the city at the forefront of innovation and creativity, with more than 700 tech and digital companies now operating out of East London. East London is the ‘new cool’ – the Soho of 20 years ago – and the comparatively affordable rents for vast, edgy office spaces are a huge draw for young and creative minds. In addition, Tech City is surrounded by some of London’s biggest universities, including City University, Queen Mary, and London Metropolitan University. The close co-operation between academia and business, in terms of research, teaching, internship and career opportunities, contributes to the vibrancy of the area and ensures the constant supply of young talent. Digital Shoreditch now runs campaigns not only across London and Europe, but worldwide. But for East London businesses to be taken seriously as global players, we should avoid representing ourselves as a little roundabout, as a small pocket of creative and digital activity. We need to see ourselves as part of a European tech hub, encompassing cities such as London, Cambridge, Paris and Berlin. That’s the kind of scale that’s required to come up with a plausible European alternative to Silicon Valley.

CREATIVE Roots Jason Goodman, Managing Director at Albion London I first moved to the Hackney neighbourhood back in the early 90s. It felt like coming home – my great grandfather had his first business near Brick Lane and my grandmother (an orphan passed around by distant relatives), would often tell me how hard she’d worked to escape the Hackney slums. She was pretty appalled that I’d gone back to her roots. For me, I fell in love with Hackney’s diversity – the insane medieval butchers in the Ridley Road market and the awesome spicy squid at the Vietnamese canteen in Englefield Road. We finally bought a place in what has become the ‘always changing’ London Fields, and for many years I commuted west, cycling along the canal to Camden Town and Paddington. It’s a seminal but rather long bike route to the original home of adland – the west side of London. All that cycling over had left me wondering why I’d want to set up like everyone else bang in the middle of Soho. Expensive rents, tourists, and agencies literally often lined up in the same road or square. I’d also always wanted to walk to work. So when my brother Giles offered me the chance to set up Albion in his office space at 70 Great Eastern Street – at the grand cost of £10 per square foot – I bit his arm off. Shoreditch in 2000 wasn’t awash with agencies; most of the iconic digital shops had


shut in the dot com slump and none of the ad agencies had heard of East London. We stood out as our shop front had a life-size pig in the window. Japanese art students would often wander by and pop in to see how much we wanted to sell it for. We quickly outgrew the shop and moved into the half empty (and now insanely iconic) Tea Building soon after its launch. Nine years later we are a very happy and committed business in Hackney’s creative scene. It’s great that many of the most innovative creative agencies have since settled after taking the pilgrimage east. It’s a very healthy business scene, rich with collaboration, start-ups, new technologies and the constant influx of global creative talent. My Grandma Violet probably still wouldn’t approve, but there is no pleasing some people.

a common thread Piers Atkinson, hackneybased milliner and creative all-rounder I’ve been working as part of the hidden world of London’s most fashionable borough for more than 10 years. We’re all familiar with the great fashion talents of London who get media exposure during London, New York and Paris fashion weeks, but so much of the UK’s fashion creativity is forged right here in Hackney. Before I became a milliner I had the privilege of working for Shoreditchbased PR-powerhouse Mandi Lennard and saw the exciting beginnings of brilliant, now-established designers such as Richard Nichol, Gareth Pugh, Pam Hogg, Cassette Playa and Gary Card who still work here today. Helping sort out the guest list at fashion hotspot Bistrotheque on Wadeson Street, I met long-time East Enders Lulu Kennedy, Nicola Formichetti, Giles Deacon and Marios Schwab – all now world-class leaders in their field. Studios round here are packed with brand new fashion talent; I share mine with Phoebe English and Leutton Postle, menswear designer Kit Neale and art directors Emma Roach and Alun Davies. Down the road in Lighthouse are stylist Kim Howells and multimedia fashionista Fred Butler, Simone Rocha and J W Anderson. At the top of the lane in the studios above LN-CC (Late Night Chameleon Cafe) are Emma Cook, Peter Jensen, Shona Heath, and Christopher Kane. Marios Schwab, Jane How and Tim Walker are all just around the corner.


And I’m not the only ‘new’ milliner over here – Noel Stewart is only a couple of streets away, Nasir Mazhar is a few streets north, Charlie le Mindu is in Shoreditch and stalwarts Bernstock Spiers have been here ‘since the beginning’. More than half of my team are Hackney girls too, bumping into each other in Dalston Mill, Bachelor’s Leather, Our Patterned Hand on Broadway Market or William Gee haberdashery on Kingsland Road and, after work, meeting up in bars, cafes and clubs like The Shacklewell Arms, DSS and Vogue Fabrics. What we’re lucky to have here are creative, friendly and neighbourly fashion communities that interconnect and support one another, and who invest in new talent and local businesses. If I’m not exactly popping over to Noel’s to borrow a cup of sugar, I am asking to borrow a roll of millinery wire while he gets the chance to tell me all about bumping into Jake Gyllenhaal in Ridley Road Market. Let’s face it, not all the talent round here is local . . .

FARMING THE CITY PAUL SMYTH, CO-FOUNDER OF FARM: and partner at SOMETHING & SON Hackney may seem an unlikely location for a farm. Yet the borough, in all of its green, ethical, creative and technological glory, actually makes perfect sense as the home of urban food enterprise FARM: and our first project FARM:shop. Based in a previously derelict four storey building, 10 minutes north of Hackney House, at first glance it could be any shop or cafe, until you clock the chicken coop on the roof . . . FARM:shop aims to inspire city dwellers to grow food and will evolve to grow and retail food commercially via a network of FARM:s across cities. Driven by a committed team and a dedicated local community of volunteers, the unique aesthetic encompasses hydroponically-grown herbs and salads, an aquaponic closed-loop system of Tilapia fish and exotic leaves, mushrooms growing in the basement, chickens on the roof, as well as a pond and polytunnel in the garden. FARM: is one of many exciting food producers in Hackney – part of an incredible explosion of enterprises bringing local, affordable, artisan food to the area. It is a dynamic, densely networked community – FARM:shop’s sandwiches are made with sourdough loaves from railway arch based E5 Bakehouse who in turn use salad from Growing Communities, (a social enterprise growing on local disused land). They help


stock veg boxes from the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden and Hackney City Farm. The borough is loving local – appreciating the short supply chains, people centred approach and quality production. Hackney House is no exception to this – with Hackney-roasted coffee from Climpson & Sons, Golden Company honey (produced by local young people), the on-site Railroad cafe’s locally sourced menu – even beer from Hackney brewers and wine sourced by Hackney’s finest Borough Wines. Out front, Lily Vanilli are serving up delicious cupcakes next to edible living walls of herbs and vegetables – a vertical hydroponic system installed by FARM: – the FARM:wall. The success of Hackney’s food producers is clearly snowballing, and on track to follow the local creative and technology sectors to become a world-class example of innovation, dynamism, and most importantly, deliciousness. Visit www.farmlondon.weebly. com, Twitter @farmlondon. Photo: Kim Jones

made in the east Marcus Fairs, editor-inchief and founder of online architecture and design magazine Hackney is London’s right-brain hemisphere, home to a greater concentration of talented designers than anywhere else in the city – and quite possibly of any district of any city in the world. World-class design studios across the borough create furniture and lighting, vehicles, buildings and products that are recognised internationally and that win awards around the globe. Earlier this year the Design Museum named the London 2012 Olympic Torch, designed by Shoreditchbased industrial design company Barber


Osgerby, as the Design of the Year. Last year the same accolade went to another product of Shoreditch: the Plumen low-energy light bulb, designed by Sam Wilkinson. Shoreditch is also home to Jasper Morrison, one of the greatest product and furniture designers of our time, and PearsonLloyd, who revolutionised businessclass air travel with their 2003 fold-flat bed for Virgin Atlantic, to name just two more. Elsewhere in Hackney are dozens of similarly important and influential studios, including many of the young design talents that have been tipped as future stars. Okay Studio, Philippe Malouin, Stuart Haygarth, Dominic Wilcox and Paul Cocksedge are just a few of the names that are already on their way to becoming major international figures. Designers are drawn to Hackney because of its unique mixture of location and culture – it’s close to the centre of London yet is raw, vibrant and diverse, and it’s a rich source of the kind of edgy, avant-garde inspiration that all creative individuals thrive on. It’s not just furniture, lighting and product designers who cluster here. A new wave of young, technology-savvy studios are making waves with projects that cross the boundaries between design, science and art. Jason Bruges has made a name for himself with his hightech installations and now younger designers and studios such as Revital Cohen, Troika and BERG are blazing a trail in this arena. The Designed in Hackney Day that Dezeen is curating at Hackney House on 1 August will see many of the exciting designers mentioned in this article explaining both their work and their relationship with this dynamic, inspirational area of London. For more details, plus a blog showcasing many of the best designs from Hackney as well as a map locating the best creatives in the borough, visit

grand designs Kieran Long, journalist, broadcaster and design consultant, and architecture critic at the evening standard Hackney is a place that every architect knows. In some sense it is the home of London architecture – a favourite place to live for the thousands of architecture students at the capital’s many universities, and a place of creative inspiration for many. I think it’s the messiness of the place that brings so many contemporary architects to Hackney. There’s a sense of work to be done, of opportunities to change the place through projects at every scale, and of course, an incomparably rich social and historical context that gives so much to any architect with the nous to pay attention to it. The good, the bad and the ugly of architecture can be seen in Hackney, like nowhere else in London, and the high quality nestles alongside the opportunistic in the many fast-changing neighbourhoods of the borough – from Shoreditch to London Fields, Hackney Wick to Dalston. Hackney is where the trends of London development play out clearly. From large-scale regeneration projects like Woodberry Down, to high-density urban developments like Dalston Square. The latter project (developed by Barratt Homes and designed by various architects) also kicked off a bottom-up project called Making Space in Dalston, which sets a standard for participatory design in London and opens up vital questions about the role


of public space in the city. It also resulted in the lovely Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, which is well worth a visit on a sunny day. One of my favourite recent buildings in Hackney is Stanton Williams’ imposing new changing rooms on Hackney Marshes, the biggest sign of the Olympics’ impact on the borough. This will carry on as Hackney Wick continues its compelling transformation and the Olympic Park is opened up later. Right now, Hackney is in its finery – investment in Shoreditch continues (evidenced by buildings like David Adjaye’s INIVA gallery and the rehabilitation of the Tramshed, both on Rivington Street, and the Stirling Prize shortlisted house and studio by Theis and Khan on Batemans Row) and the public spaces of Broadway Market and London Fields are thriving. There are also still plenty of unknowns for the future – Bishopsgate Goods Yard being the big opportunity in the south of the borough. Hackney remains the most compelling place in London to practice, and to think about, architecture.

Bright spot Gavin poole, CEO at icity london and trustee of GB jobs club The Games are finally here. London is ready and Hackney is bustling. At iCITY we are incredibly excited, not only that the Games have arrived, but more importantly about the chance to deliver a sustainable legacy from the Olympics for the local community and stimulate long-term economic growth in the UK. East London’s flourishing creative and digital industries are the brightest spots in the UK economy, and now is the time to invest in their growth. To boost the numerous start-ups and growing enterprises in the sector, additional space, connectivity and highly advanced infrastructure is desperately needed. As preferred bidder for the legacy uses of the Press and Broadcast Centres on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, iCITY will provide this and grasp this unique opportunity to cement Britain’s position as a global leader in innovation and the creative industries. We’ve worked hard to ensure iCITY will be a vibrant focal point for the local communities, intimately connected to its surroundings and the people that will work and socialise at iCITY. We will create more than 6,500 jobs directly on-site and in the local communities, with apprenticeships, training and education opportunities. We have worked closely with Hackney Community College to develop the


UK’s first digital apprenticeship course; we have partnered with Loughborough University to develop a new postgraduate education and research centre; and Tech Hub and Space Studios will operate incubator and accelerator space for start-up businesses. Providing a legacy for the local communities has always been at the heart of iCITY. That’s why we’re also in discussions with organisations such as the Impetus Trust to provide support to grow a vibrant, social enterprise community at iCITY. A data centre, media studios, a university, a digital academy and a new business incubator – all in one place, promoting collaboration and sparking innovation to develop a technology cluster of international significance. Enjoy the Games, but for us, the real work begins when they end.



Ways into Work is Hackney Council’s flagship employment programme. Our aim is to support local residents into sustainable employment and apprenticeships. Ways into Work looks to develop partnerships with local businesses to support their growth and help them connect with the local community, We work closely with employers across a range of sectors to understand their recruitment needs. Our role is to source and prepare local unemployed residents to fill these vacancies.

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Hackney house events calendar London Borough of Hackney proudly presents a full programme of events for both day and evening through Games time. We are delighted to be working with our partner organisations to deliver this incredible showcase for Hackney. By championing our business and creative talent we will make sure that Hackney is firmly on the international investor and visitor map. During the day we will be showcasing key industries including creative, tech, fashion, cultural, leisure, food and development. Our evening programme will show off our wealth of local performance talent and has been curated by Arcola Theatre, who are proud to be collaborating with world-class Hackney artists. Kingdom Collective and The Vortex have also programmed music at Hackney House, with the DJs arranged by Dalston Superstore.

Most events require pre-registration and times for each event will vary. Visit www. to check times and further details, or email hackneyhouse@ for more information.


27.07 friday EVENING


The Opening Night of Hackney House will feature a live performance from Hackney-born chanteuse Paloma Faith before we cross live to the Olympic Park for coverage of the Opening Ceremony. For those not lucky enough to be at the ceremony itself, this will be the hottest ticket in town! By invitation only.



Hackney’s Architecture Showcase Weekend will play host to some of London’s leading architects who have designed structures or spaces in the borough as well as Hackneybased architectural firms who are pioneering building design in the UK and across the globe. Open to all – times and more details at architecture-showcase SATURDAY EVENING Comedy Night with Hardeep Singh Kohli and friends. Writer, broadcaster and Dalston resident, Hardeep Singh Kohli hosts the first of three nights at Hackney House with Edinburgh fringe favourite and rising star of the new cabaret scene, Des O’Connor and London-based stand-up, Johnny Cochrane. Followed by DJ Prince Nelly. For tickets please email



sunday DAYTIME

tuesday DAYTIME

The second day of Hackney’s Architecture Showcase. Today will also be the last chance to nominate a building or space in the borough for entry into this year’s Hackney Design Awards, which celebrate great design and architecture in Hackney.

Hackney House plays host to more than 200 tech venture capital entrepreneurs from across the globe who are in London to look at investment opportunities in Hackney and East London. The event will provide an opportunity to mix investment with emerging businesses and create new networks and new partnerships. By invitation only.


sunday EVENING Tonight’s entertainment comes from London-based band KonKoma who will bring us a rich blend of Afrofunk, jazz, soul and traditional African rhythms. DJ Ben Pistor continues the evening. For tickets please email


tuesday EVENING Fresh from the BBC Introducing Stage at the Hackney Weekend, rising star Stevie Neale brings cutting-edge RnB-tinged beats to her Hackney home turf. London-based DJ and producer Rokk comes to us tonight from Dalston Superstore. For tickets please email hackneyhouse@


30.07 monday DAYTIME


Brought to Hackney House by Digital Shoreditch, our Creative Tech Expo Day celebrates the outstanding creative, technical and entrepreneurial talent of East London and Tech City. Open to all and you can register your interest by visiting monday EVENING Hardeep Singh Kohli brings us another evening of entertainment featuring the fabulous Isy Suttie. DJ Holestar brings us the tunes. For tickets please email



01.08 wednesday DAYTIME


Online design and architecture magazine Dezeen and writer and curator Beatrice Galilee host an exciting day of Hackney design-themed talks and workshops in partnership with Hackney Council. The day will celebrate the incredible diversity of design talent in Dezeen’s home borough, exploring experimental design strategies that are emerging in Hackney, as well as providing a platform to discuss opportunities and threats to creative businesses. wednesday EVENING Fresh from the release of their debut album earlier this year, electro-indie act Clock Opera bring their sound to a much-anticipated gig at Hackney House. DJ Dan Beaumont continues this not-to-be-missed event for designers and creatives. For tickets please email hackneyhouse@hackney.

02.08 thursday DAYTIME


Fashion day will showcase East London’s thriving fashion sector and show how Hackney is central to London’s fashion industry. There will be an exhibition and presentations showcasing all aspects of the fashion industry located in Hackney from world-class, high-end design, manufacture, tailor-made business support and digital marketing. A major announcement about the fashion industry in Hackney will be made on the day. thursday evening Award-winning and Mercury Music Prize nominees, Polar Bear, bring experimental jazz to Hackney House tonight followed by DJ Mikki Most – perfect for our Fashion at Hackney House evening party. For tickets please email

04.08 saturday DAYTIME


Whether it’s about urban food-growing, artisan food production, locally-sourced restaurants or global cuisine, Hackney has an incredible story to tell. There are food stores and restaurants from almost every part of the world and at the same time, residents and businesses are growing and producing more and more of their own food and drink. A delectable selection of these growers, producers and caterers provides a taste of what Hackney has to offer. Open to all and you can register your interest by visiting saturday EVENING It’s rare to see indie rock band The Guillemots playing in a venue this size, but we are delighted that they are providing the entertainment at Hackney House tonight. DJ Prince Nelly is back in the House too. By invitation. For tickets please email

03.08 friday DAYTIME


Learn about Hackney’s rich heritage: art galleries, bustling markets, lively nightlife, boutique shops, global food, quality hotels and culture, culture and more culture! Get your ‘Hackney Passport’ stamped for a chance to win some amazing prizes and celebrate the launch of Destination Hackney – a new website from Hackney Council to make sure everyone gets the most from their time in the borough. friday EVENING Nine piece East London-based brass band, Brass Roots, provide the evening entertainment. Dalston Superstore Resident, DJ Sqeaky, brings us a night of remixes, re-edits and mashups. Dancing shoes are a must tonight! For tickets please email


06.08 monday DAYTIME


London & Partners, the visitor and inward investment agency for London, will be hosting a lunch for 50 companies who are considering relocating to Hackney and the Tech City area. Joining them will be 20 local business leaders specially invited by our partners, Digital Shoreditch. The topic – what it’s like to run a business in Hackney and East London. By invitation only. monday EVENING Hardeep Singh Kohli hosts an evening of entertainment featuring an unmissable live set of folk-pop from Land Shapes. Tonight’s DJ is John Sizzle. For tickets please email

In partnership with the Prince’s Drawing School, based in Shoreditch, the afternoon session will be dedicated to the skill and craft of drawing, a fundamental ingredient of the creative – and something we can all take part in. With guest lectures and tuition from established artists and Drawing School alumni, this session is created to inspire creativity in all of us. wednesday EVENING Renowned for the use of unusual objects as percussion instruments, Slow Club brings folk rock to Hackney House tonight and we’re delighted to welcome back DJ Squeaky.

07.08 tuesday DAYTIME


New London Architecture gives a unique chance to explore Hackney’s plans for regeneration over the next five years including Old Street roundabout and the Olympic Park Legacy. We will also explore the future of the office and the needs of the creative industries. Very special guests and registration essential, visit developing-hackney-day tuesday EVENING Hackney House is transformed into a circus this evening for London’s finest Vintage Circus show – Hackney’s Cirque Olympique! Produced by Richard Peacock, from Clapton, the circus is brought to you by some of Hackney’s finest performers and residents. Followed by music from Mini-Kev and The Monkey Stomp Blues. For tickets please email

08.08 wednesday DAYTIME


POKE brings us a programme of events guaranteed to bring out the creative in us all. Hackney possesses some of the most progressive new companies, developing products and services ‘fused’ with the internet. A group of speakers, admired and celebrated by the Internet Week team, will share stories, insights and practical tips important to them and inspiring to others – with a twist on the traditional ‘talk’ format.



to be confirmed . . .

At the time of going to press we were finalising this day. Please visit for final information. THURSDAY EVENING Volta Theatre presents Hotel of Dreams from Sound of Voice, composed by Phillip Glass, libretto by David Henry Hwang. Two lonely city-dwellers are brought together by a taste for revenge. Haunted by the ghosts of the past, they form a destructive bargain . . . Nathan Gregory Wilkins then mixes old classics with edgy musical twists.




SUNDAY EVENING We close a sensational programme of events with a Brazilian-themed Closing Ceremony Party. Our very special guest is Little Boots followed by a Brazilian set from Luke Howard.


The most successful creative leaders in London come together in an exclusive event to teach Hackney’s aspiring 18 to 25-year-old entrepreneurs the tips and tricks of creating a successful business. Discover how to turn your passion into a business, how to grow your business and how to take your ideas global to international markets. Led by Jason Goodman, founder of Albion, with a stunning line-up of guest speakers and participants. This event requires registration – find out more at FRIDAY EVENING Labrinth, yes – the Hackney-born international superstar is in Hackney House! Followed by DJ Rokk. By invitation only.

29.08– 31.08 All day

2012 Start-up Games



The London Legacy Development Corporation will host an event that looks back over the achievements so far from the 2012 Olympic Games, and forward to what is still to come. How has London delivered on its objective of making the Games a truly regenerating force for good in East London? This event will be of particular interest to our media guests from around the world. At the time of going to press we were still finalising this event – please check www.hackneyhouse. org/legacy for final details. Registration required to attend. SATURDAY EVENING Once described as ‘a one-man band armed with a laptop, mixing decks and an acoustic guitar’ James Yuill brings electronica to Hackney House. Followed by DJ Ben Pistor.


UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO), supported by StartUp Britain, is inviting more than 300 of the world’s ‘highest potential’ technology entrepreneurs to take part in the first ever international Start-Up Games Competition. This groundbreaking event is especially for ‘competitors’ who want to expand and grow their businesses using innovative technology as part of their business process. Taking place over three days during the 2012 Paralympic Games from 29-31 August, the Start-Up Games will give competitors the edge they’ll need to raise their game and stay ahead of the competition.

You are advised to check for any changes to the programme and up-to-the-minute information on events. You should also use this website for details of events during the Paralympics. Hackney House reserves the right to change the advertised programme at any time.



This website has been designed to help visitors to Hackney find out about: places to eat and drink, shopping, events and what’s on, accommodation, health and fitness, family days out and much more besides. We want to make sure everyone gets the most out of their visit to Hackney – the real heart of London; where the historic East End meets the Olympic future, right on the edge of the City. A place to live, a place to work, a place to see and, increasingly, to be seen. A place where communities from all over the world have settled for centuries, the ultimate global village, playing host to the ultimate global event in 2012. And you’re a part of it!


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