I went to Hackney for brunch with my sister last weekend. I hadn't laid eyes on Mare Street since maybe 2009 and I am the first to admit where London is concerned I am certainly living in the past. I certainly don't eat at gluten free cafes and I don't like to leave the comfort of my old stomping grounds, Soho, Portobello road and Canary Wharf if I am hanging out east side.
In my day, the word Hackney or Dalston was enough to send a cold shiver down the spines of the cowardly (myself included) and those who valued their lives/mobile phones. Now, gentrification has made the E2, E9, and E8 postcodes some of the most desirable in London.
I still needed convincing though, so my sister took me to Morty and Bob's on Westgate street, where I enjoyed avocado on toast with a twist (in the form of crab) and my usual daily fuel, an americano. Both the food and atmosphere was actually very nice. If the rest of Hackney, Tottenham and Dalston have an ambience as good I suppose I'll have to get with the times and explore London along with the hipsters.
If you can't beat em' join em' I guess.
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