Written by Anonymous Visitor and posted in London, United Kingdom

Ah, London, known across the world as being prestigious and cultured. Indeed, the streets of Mayfair give a sense of classic England, Old Victorian houses on tree lined streets.

Take a half an hour drive east though and you’ll see a different side of London all together.

Hackney is a desolate sprawl of grotty council blocks, with endless amounts of winding alleys for the ‘yout’s’ of the area to run down after mugging an innocent person in a pathetic attempt to appear  ‘hard’ to their peers.

On a Friday night, Mare Street is packed with roaming gangs of youths in baggy adidas hoodies, smoking super strong weed, blasting grime music out of their phones. Some of these groups are massaive, literally 30 teenagers in a run down chicken shop shouting at each other, while older, hard faced ex convincts are sat down in the cheap plastic seats, grimly discussing drug dealing.

Walk east from Mare Street and you’ll find the Trelawny Estate, the worst part of Hackney. Trash litters the grass around the tower blocks, the bottom floor windows are either smashed or have burgalar bars on them. As you go further east, all you find is a semminly endless maze of council flats, ranging from two story low rises to twelve story, grotesque towerblocks that blot out the sun Hackney so desperatly needs. Hooded drug dealers hang around on the street corners, selling crack and heroin to gaunt faced junkies in broad daylight.

As the night turns darker, Hackney becomes even more frightening. sirens wail, police helicopters circle above, cars with blacked out windows drive by, blasting hip hop. Sometimes, gunshots ring out, leaving a young man slowly bleeding to death as he tries to run into his block of flats. Wether it’s kids trying to be ‘badman’ or drug dealers fighting over business, who knows.

Hackney was once known as murder mile, due to amount of gun related murders that happened here. Theres just a strange culture of violence in the place, everyone walks around with a ‘screwface’, everyone wants to be hard. I saw a man get knocked out cold from one punch on Mare Street, seemingly randomly.

I lived there in 2005-2006 and I never want to go back.



By: hackney resident

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  • Flower

    I have a flat in Hackney the gentrification

    I can’t live in it. As the nice people have cukoo my flat.
    They had been entering my home illegally to smoke drus & have sex. For years.
    The neighbourhood looked the other way as this continued to happen.
    What for because I’m a carer to my Son & they thought we were stuck up.

    A lot of people there are self destructive.
    If you don’t want to join them in that behaviour they will try to destroy you.
    The police & the community will deliberately not notice depending on who you are.
    Unless you have money I don’t think there is an escape.
    The bullying mentally is as strong as the drug addiction in the area.
    They also should name the men there rapey.
    Its the only time all social groups of men get together.
    Yes the police will look the other way if the victims are Autistic.
    Give this a wide berth.
    Its not about social class the people mix their addictions. Backwards cultures.
    The kind where they don’t respect Women or the disabled.
    On these estates there is a lack of pride in their environment. You only need to se the amount of rubbish some throw out of the window.

    Not a place for family unless your not a single parent & you have men who will teach the youngens to avoid all of the above.

  • London Betch

    This whole comment lacks any sort of class.

  • f**k yuppies hate hipsters

    Can’t stand all these f**king yuppies in Hackney it’s lost it’s identity! Fair enough it is a dangerous borough compared to most in London but I prefer it pre gentrification. Give us the old Hackney back. AKA Crackney AKA H town