The London Borough of Hackney is a London borough in East London (sometimes referred to as North East London) and part of Inner London.

Unlike most English districts, its council is led by a directly-elected mayor.

The borough is known for being one of the poorest and most crime-affected London boroughs. Despite this perception it is a place of considerable contrasts. The south western tip of the borough is adjacent to the City and close to the Broadgate development. In this area some office development has taken place within the borough boundary.

Also in the south west is Hoxton and Shoreditch which are central to the London arts scene and home to numerous clubs, bars, shops and restaurants, much of which is centered on Hoxton Square.

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