Hoxton is in the London borough of Hackney and has become one of the most sought-after and fashionable areas in the Capital. Hoxton attracts many professionals because of its close proximity to the City and because it has become a new home for many businesses, particularly tech companies. There is a diverse range of properties in Hoxton, from renovated Victorian and Edwardian terraced homes, to new build developments with glass-fronted façades, and trendy loft conversions.
The proximity of Hoxton to the centre of London means that property is booming in this East End area. Hoxton is also home to some of the trendiest bars and restaurants in London meaning that local residents don’t have to travel far for work or to have a great night out. The main streets in Hoxton are Old Street, Wharf Road, and Kingsland Road.
Some interesting facts about Hoxton:
- Some of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies were filmed in The Gainsborough Film Studios that were demolished in 2002.
- James Parkinson who pioneered research into Parkinson’s disease used to live in Hoxton.
- The infamous Kray brothers were born in Stene Street in Hoxton.
- The Hoxton Fin is a hairstyle that has been sported by David Beckham and Fran Healy of Travis fame.
- Jamie Oliver’s restaurant ‘Fifteen’ opened on Westland Place in 2002.
Properties in Hoxton
Redevelopment in Hoxton has resulted in a boom in the property market with options to buy or rent high-quality contemporary and modern accommodation.
Hoxton is home to some excellent examples of period Victorian and Georgian terraced townhouses. Many of these have been converted into 2 and 3-bedroom flats. In general, converted townhouses offer greater value than in Islington, but it is rapidly catching up.
The lack of available land means that there are no large, multi-storey apartments being developed. However, much redevelopment is going on to convert warehouses into spacious apartments.
Because of its proximity to central London, it is only a short commute to the City, Kings Cross or Canary Warf. Old Street tube station is on the Northern Line. There is also Hoxton rail station which is part of the London Overground rail network that has 24-hour services on the weekends.
There are extensive bus services in Hoxton served by several different bus routes.
Green Spaces in Hoxton
The largest open green space to relax in and get away from busy city life is Shoreditch Park. This is a 19-hectare park for recreation with play areas, football and rugby pitches, and other activities.
Hoxton is also close by Regent’s Canal which connects to Victoria Park in Hackney to the East and and to Islington, Camden Town, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park and beyond, to the West.
What’s to do in Hoxton
One of the beauties of living in Hoxton is that there is a wide and diverse range of things to do right on your doorstep. In fact, local residents and tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to do in Hoxton.
When it comes to eating out, there is plenty for everyone’s taste and budget in Hoxton. Jamie Oliver’s, Fifteen is a popular place as well as Hoxton Grill, The Breakfast Club, and the Red Dog Saloon. You can also find restaurants serving cuisine from almost every corner of the world.
Pubs and clubs
There is also a bustling nightlife in Hoxton with many traditional pubs and to choose from. Hoxton is also home to many high-class cocktail bars offering everything from traditional cocktails to exotic quirky drinks.
Entertainment and culture
Hoxton is now becoming famous for its many galleries. It is also home to the famous, Comedy Café which has hosted many world-famous comedy performers.
In the summertime, the Queen of Hoxton is a popular venue which has an outdoor cinema on the roof showing current blockbusters and cult classics. During the cooler months, it is a multi-storey bar, club, and restaurant.
Schools in Hoxton
Most of the schools in Hoxton are for primary-age pupils that provide high-quality education. For example, the Virginia Primary School has an “outstanding” Ofsted report. The other primary schools have also been praised for their standards of education.
The closest secondary school to Hoxton is Haggerston School and the City of London Academy Islington.
Local amenities in Hoxton
Most of the shops in Hoxton are small independent quirky shops or small mini supermarkets. Many shop for bargains in Hoxton Street Market and Hoxton boasts one of the best flower markets in the city – the flower market on Columbia Road.