Hackney Wick: London’s ‘coolest place to live’

London locations were ranked by factors including independent shops and popularity on Instagram.

Is Hackney Wick the coolest place in London to live?

It is according to a survey by Naturecan, a CBD Oil firm backed by ex-England cricketer Freddie Flintoff.

In second place in London was “Spitalfields”, Walthamstow was third, Tottenham was fourth and Brixton was fifth.

Locations were ranked according to the number of independent shops per head of population, the range of cultural events, how “Instagrammable” the best features were and their popularity as a location for films and TV shows.

Naturecan polled 5,000 people with panels in each county and big city including London and monitored likes on Instagram.

Hackney Wick, which straddles the border of Hackney and Tower Hamlets boroughs, is known for its nightlife scene and bar vibe. Thie area is especially popular with 20-somethings and young professionals.

It sits between the open spaces of Victoria Park and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Situated on the Lee Navigation, Hackney Wick is full of artists’ studios in converted industrial spaces, trendy cafes, and independent breweries.

Naturecan’s chief executive, Andy Duckworth, said: “Hackney Wick is the coolest place to live in London, narrowly beating Spitalfields in second place.

“Hackney Wick was ranked 25th on the national list of the top 50 coolest places to live.

“All the 50 places on the list would have been worthy winners and show why the UK and London in particular are such beautiful places, loved by film makers and tourists from all over the world.

“What is interesting is how influential Instagram has become in boosting tourism in many of our top 50. It is a massive help for visitor numbers, too, if a popular film or TV show uses London as a location.

“Hidden gems which are largely only visited by local tourists can find themselves being showcased throughout the world if they are pictured by the right influencer or featured in a movie.”

Find all 50 of the UK’s “coolest places to live” on Naturecan’s map.