Hackney top 6: places to stay

High-end hotels, back-to-basics bunks and cosy B&Bs – here’s our expert line-up of where to lay your head in Hackney. Alternatively, get to know the locals by booking an Airbnb bed in the borough.

Shoreditch

Ace Hotel

High-concept hip hotel, with a ‘cultural engineer’ who chooses books and vinyl for each impeccably cool yet homey room.

100 Shoreditch High Street E1 6JQ, 020 7613 9800. Double from £223.

Dictionary Hostel

One for the young, this hostel is bang in the heart of Shoreditch and perfect if you’re here to party.

10–14 Kingsland Road E2 8DA, 020 7613 2784. Dorm from £16, double from £88.

What’s nearby? Shoreditch area guide.

Dalston

Avo Hotel

A self-styled boutique hotel in Dalston, set up by super-friendly Nar, who used to run the post office here.

 82 Dalston Lane E8 3AH, 020 3490 5061. Double from £79.

Luxury Inn

Urban B&B with self-service breakfast and a backstreet yet central location on the Dalston/De Beauvoir border. The brick interior was refashioned from a former factory.

156 Tottenham Road N1 4DY, 020 7683 3056. Double from £80.

What’s nearby? Dalston area guide.

Stoke Newington

Rose & Crown

Wood-panelled Stokey boozer with upmarket boutique rooms upstairs and a roof terrace for sunny days.

199 Stoke Newington Church Street N16 9ES, 020 7923 3337. Double from £110.

What’s nearby? Stoke Newington area guide.

Clapton

Russell’s

Stylish B&B in a Victorian house in Clapton: rooms feature Welsh blankets and clean white walls, and breakfast is made from local ingredients.

123 Chatsworth Road E5 0LA, 0797 666 9906. Double from £75.

What’s nearby? Clapton area guide.