Hackney Wick has developed over the past few years, once an industrial hub it is now the trendy bohemian neighbour of the Olympic village, just over the River Lea you can see the stadium, it’s transformed the area turning it from no go to must go.
Of course we like the whole urban art scene on this blog and Hackney Wick has been a popular spot for some time now although of late it seems like it’s really taken off. After all the walls of the 70’s warehouse buildings which line the streets and front the canals are ripe for murals.
And with Shoreditch undertaking what is possibly the city’s most massive encroachment it could well be the Wick that stands a chance of becoming the undisputed place to go to see street art although in saying that, even now it’s pretty good.
Walking around today I thought I’d follow the route of a free walking tour I posted on this blog a few years ago but even from then it’s changed a lot. Clearly the art has pretty much completely changed and of course the re-modelling of the Olympic Park has had a big impact on parts of the Fish Island.
There are developments too although not as many as which are currently threatening to engulf the character of Shoreditch. We’ll see how the Hackney Wick ones turn out but for now it retains it’s character. For good places to see have a look around Old Ford Lock, Bream Street on Fish Island, the towpath around the Hertford Union lock and the areas around the Crate Brewery.
The area around Hackney Wick and Fish Island was visited on Saturday 27 February 2017.
Hackney Wick Gallery
Lea Navigation towpath
Hertford Union Canal
White Post Lane
Prince Edward Road