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Ten Things To Do In Hoxton London

My ten things to do in Hoxton London list helps you narrow down where to drink, eat and explore. Hoxton is an exciting area; it’s in the London Borough of Hackney and is part of Shoreditch, close to the City of London and bordered by Regent’s Canal. You’ll find a taste of traditional East End London with the market and pie and mash shop on Hoxton Street. If you fancy drinking the night away, head for Hoxton Square, followed by a Vietnamese meal on Kingsland Road. You’ll love wandering around the Museum of the Home and having lunch at Molly’s Cafe. I hope you enjoy my list of ten things to do in Hoxton.

i love hoxton statue

My things to do in Hoxton London list includes:
1. Visiting the Museum of the Home
2. Having lunch at Molly’s Cafe
3. Buying home essentials and discount clothing from Hoxton Street Market
4. Browsing Hoxton Street with its mix of traditional and hipster businesses
5. Walking along the Regent’s Canal towpath
6. Dining at one of the Kingsland Road Vietnamese restaurants
7. Drinking at Hoxton Square
8. Admiring the two prominent cutout stick figures by street artist Stix in Hoxton Square Park
9. Enjoying the greenery at Shoreditch Park
10. Getting fit at the Britannia Leisure Centre

Ten Things To Do In Hoxton List

museum of the home in hoxton

1. Visit the Museum of the Home, where you can explore parlours and living rooms spanning four hundred years and discover what home means to different people. The Museum is inside a 300-year-old almshouse building. Take time to walk around the gardens, which showcase how city gardens have changed over time. The gift shop is excellent so treat yourself to something beautiful. The address is 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA, and the entrance is free of charge. Please read my Museum of the Home Review.

lunch at mollys cafe hoxton

2. Have lunch at Molly’s Cafe, which is part of the Museum of the Home. They serve breakfast, lunch and some food in the evenings. I’ve eaten lunch there a few times, and I can vouch for the food, such as risotto, veggie curry and home-baked cakes. The address is 1 Geffrye Street, London E2 8JH. Please read my Molly’s Cafe Review for more information.

hoxton street market

3. Buy some home essentials or discount clothing from the traditional Hoxton Street Market, the oldest street market in Hackney, established in 1687. It is open on Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm on Hoxton Street. Look out for the I Love Hoxton sculpture of the woman with two kids pointing the way to Hoxton Market, it’s by Kevin Harrison.

hoxton street monster supplies

4. Browse Hoxton Street, a mix of traditional businesses like F Cooke the pie and mash place alongside hipster barbers. Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, established in 1818, sell bespoke and everyday items for the living, dead and undead such as edible eyeballs and bloody ketchup! Hoxton Trust Garden is cute, and it’s an award-winning garden and private space for people who live or work in the area. I like the Black Hands Clock by Chris Ofili and Khadija’s Garden (cute pocket garden) on the corner of Hoxton Street and Fanshaw Street.

regents canal hoxton

5. Walk along the Regent’s Canal towpath, which can be accessed behind the Gainsborough building and other points. It’s a great place to see street art and adorable canal boats moored along the banks. Watch out for the cyclists and joggers, though, because they seem to come out of nowhere!

vietnamese restaurants kingsland road hoxton

6. If you’re feeling peckish, try Kingsland Road, which is famous for its array of Vietnamese restaurants.

bars and pubs near hoxton square

7. Drink to your heart’s content at one of the bars or pubs at Hoxton Square or the surrounding area. Happiness Forgets, Gigi’s, Colours, Nikki’s Bar, Tonight Josephine, Ever After, Havana and The Red Lion are some of the places you’ll find for cocktails, beer and possibly some music.

stix stick figures in hoxton square park

8. Look out for the prominent cutout stick figures by East End street artist Stix in Hoxton Square Park. The small park is an excellent place to sit and sip on a take-away coffee to escape the hustle and bustle of nearby streets.

shoreditch park hoxton and gainsborough

9. Enjoy the greenery at Shoreditch Park, which is one of Hackney’s largest parks space. Amenities include a football pitch, a giant boulder for rock climbing, a play area and public art. You’ll notice the Gainsborough apartment block overlooking the park, formerly Gainsborough Studios (1924-1949), where Alfred Hitchcock filmed.

britannia sports centre hoxton

10. Get fit at the Britannia Leisure Centre on the edge of Shoreditch Park. Amenities include a state of the art gym, 25m swimming pool, leisure pool, sports hall, rooftop pitches, squash courts, sauna, steam room, kids soft play area, café and more.

Ten Things To Do In Hoxton Information

black hands clock by chris ofili

If you want to explore Hoxton, I recommend travelling to Hoxton Overground Station or Old Street (Northern Line Underground and Great Northern Railway). Those interested in the history of the area should read the Hoxton Wikipedia Page. The famous Sunday flower market is within walking distance, please read my Columbia Market Review for more information. Please read my Ten Things to do in Shoreditch post if you want to explore the surrounding area. I hope you enjoy your visit to Hoxton.

Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.