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.

Just as the 24 hour tube arrives in London, Hackney Council wants to take us back to opening hours of the 1980s. They say that new clubs and music venues in Dalston are “not considered appropriate”, and will stop new venues opening at all in Shoreditch.

These changes threaten Hackney’s star power, our ability to attract creative businesses, and our rich cultural life.

Join our campaign to save the Hackney we know and love.


Join the campaign

We need to make sure that Hackney Council hear from the many thousands of us who think that a vibrant nightlife and cultural scene is what Hackney is all about.

The more Hackney residents who respond to Hackney Council’s consultation, the better our chance of making them think again.

We’ve made it really easy for you – just follow the instructions below and add your name and postcode so the council know you live in Hackney. (If you don’t live in Hackney that’s fine too – we’re grateful for all support!)

You can simply send off the letter we have drafted – or, if you have time, please try and put in your own words what you love about Hackney and why you think 1980s closing times are a bad idea. Everyone in Hackney is different – and the council will know we are serious if they hear each of our stories.

When we send your email, we will also add you to our supporters mailing list so we can keep you updated on the campaign. You can choose to leave this list any any time.

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Get the facts

What are Hackney Council proposing?

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 matter?

  • 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. And if you agree, please help us by writing to the council to tell them what you think.

For all press enquiries please contact press@welovehackney.org