July 2024 – Hackney

In July, we head to North East London and explore Hackney. As a bonus, we have scheduled two sketchwalks – Saturday 13th July, and Sunday 28th July. Fingers crossed the weather remembers it’s Summer…

Saturday 13th July 2024 – hosted by Martin Stone and Dean Ashton

Sunday 28th July 2024 – hosted by Alison Gardiner and Jia You

Hackney had once been described as “so remarkable for the retreat of wealthy citizens…”, it later became known as Britain’s poorest borough. Explore the rich history of Hackney’s rise, fall, and slow regeneration through the churchyards, theatres, pubs, and shops spread around the ‘Hackney Central’ area of North East London.

Key times and meeting points for the day:

Whether you come to both or pick one date, the itinerary will remain the same for both events:

11 am: Meet by the square in front of The Hackney Tap (354 Mare St, London E8 1HR) adjacent to St Augustine’s Tower and church gardens.

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The square and tower can be seen if you take the main exit Hackney Central (London Overground Line), head down the sloped path, and turn right.

1 pm: Meet back at the square to look at the drawings done so far.

3.30 pm: Meet back at the square to look at drawings and take group photographs.

Afterwards: We will head to The Chesham Arms for drinks and chat. (Chesham Arms, 15 Mehetabel Road, E9 6DU)

Options for drawing

Practical information


For public transport, the nearest station is Hackney Central on the London Overground Network.


Toilets can be found alongside the square at our meeting point (by St Augustine’s Tower). To the rear of the Hackney Empire. At the large Tesco on Morning Lane (just off Mare Street). Other options include cafés and bars in the area.

Rail bridge by Martin Stone

Hackney Empire by Jia You
Hackney Empire by Jia You