The London Borough of Hackney is in north-east London, and is the fastest growing borough in east London.
Much of Hackney maintains its inner-city character. However, this is changing, for example large housing estates in Dalston now sit side-by-side with gated communities.
The historical and administrative heart of Hackney is the area known as Hackney Central. To the east is the large open space of Hackney Marshes and to the south is Victoria Park. Light industries in the area around the River Lea employ over 3,000 people.