The campaign to keep Hackney happening

We are a group of Hackney residents and businesses who believe that Hackney is the most exciting borough in the greatest city in the world.

In November 2015, we rallied to tell Hackney Council that its licensing consultation did not represent the views of all the borough’s residents.  Our consultation response pitched another version of Hackney’s future, one that supports both daytime and nighttime economy, residents needs and the growth of our borough.  Hackney Council listened and rescinded their consultation until Summer 2016.  We will be back when that consultation is made public.

Remember, just as the 24 hour tube arrives in London, Hackney Council wanted to take us back to opening hours of the 1980s.  They said, in their previous consultation, that new clubs and music venues in Dalston are “not considered appropriate”, and wanted to stop new venues opening at all in Shoreditch.

Let’s all build the best Hackney together.  Please continue to write to your local councillor and join our campaign and continue to show Hackney Council that we all want the same thing – a vibrant, sustainable, thriving place Hackney to live and work.  For more information, email press@welovehackney.org


Join The Campaign

While Hackney Council formally rescinded the consultation in the autumn, we need to make sure as the new process begins to review and implement a new licensing framework for our borough, Hackney Council continue to hear from the many thousands of us who think that a vibrant nightlife and cultural scene is part of Hackney’s cultural, social and economic fabric.

Remember, when the licensing consultation is re-introduced, every councillor in Hackney votes on the council’s final plans – so let’s make sure they know our views!

So while the council are reformatting and reviewing the licensing consultation, we want to ensure they still know we’re still here and we want Hackney to remain a vibrant borough for all its residents and visitors.  So like we did during the campaign, it’s very easy – just follow the instructions below and add your name and postcode.  If you have time, please try and put in your own words what you love about Hackney what you would like to see in the new license – and what Hackney means to you.  Your personal story, in your own words, is really valuable for your councillor to hear.

We will continue to forward your emails and also add you to our supporters mailing list so we can keep you updated on the campaign when it reignites again.  You can choose to leave this list any any time.

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The Facts

In Autumn 2015, this is what Hackney Council proposed:

Across the whole borough:

  • A new “borough-wide hours policy”, setting out the times Hackney will expect all licensed venues to close.
  • Pubs, bars, drinking/dining establishments, music/dance venues, theatres and cinemas will be expected to close at 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and midnight at weekends.
  • Restaurants will be allowed to open an hour later. Takeaways will be expected to close at 11pm or midnight, depending on their location.

In Dalston (including Stoke Newington Road and Kingsland Road):

  • Nightclubs and dance venues are “not considered appropriate”.
  • New pubs, bars or other drinking/dining establishments will not be allowed to open after 11pm Sunday to Thursday or midnight at weekends.
  • Venues with “a large capacity” or that are outdoors will not be allowed at all.

In Shoreditch:

  • Extending the Shoreditch “Special Policy Area”, within which no new licenses can be granted except in exceptional circumstances. This policy “is to be strictly applied”.
  • You can read the council’s consultation here, and tell them what you think about their plans here.

Why does this still matter?

  • Hackney Council will return in a few months with an updated licensing consultation, and until then they will be consulting all residents of the borough to gain their views – and we need to tell them now, as much as ever, what kind of Hackney we all want to live in.


Read Our Consultation.

And Remember…

  • Hackney has an international reputation as a fun and happening place to live and work.. Vogue magazine ranked Hackney within the top 15 coolest neighbourhoods in the world – above districts in both Berlin and Beijing. This reputation has brought investment, jobs and culture – improving the lives of Hackney citizens.
  • The night time economy supports the day time economy. Creative businesses have chose to locate themselves in East London because our city’s best bars, clubs and places to eat are right on the doorstep. Whether it’s the best music, food or fashion – often it started life in Hackney. This has created new, exciting opportunities for young Londoners. If we shut down the night time economy, the day time economy suffers too.
  • This year the tube will start to run for 24 hours. Hackney is uniquely placed to take advantage of London’s status as 24 hour city. But what’s the point in a 24 hour tube if everything else is closed? Labelling music and dance venues “not considered appropriate”, and expecting people go home at 11pm, sends out a disastrous message that isn’t true to the borough.

Where can I find out more?

Have a look at our press coverage below.  If you agree,  at anytime, please help us by writing to the council to tell them what you think.

For all press enquiries please contact press@welovehackney.org