Last weekend saw the successful launch of Bagel Factory and Old Smokehouse at the dedicated marketing suite in Hackney Wick.

There was a really strong turnout with 120 people in attendance, and lots of interest in this exciting new development.

Hackney Wick and Fish Island are set to undergo extensive regeneration, building a creative hub that has been dubbed “the new Shoreditch” – and a perfect investment opportunity. The V&A, London College of Fashion and Sadler’s Wells Theatre are all opening in the Olympic Park, as well as a major development which will include new homes, schools and The International Quarter business centre.

All this change will generate over 50,000 jobs for the area and see The London Legacy Development Corporation establish one of the largest new urban spaces in Europe for over 150 years.

You can find out more about the developments and check out a virtual tour here.

Fast becoming one of Hackney’s trendiest hotspots, London Fields is full of independent bars and restaurants, with Broadway Market offering a whole host of culinary gems. Here’s our top pick of places to go for a bite and a cocktail (or two).

Sans Pere

Sans Pere opened the doors to its second venue on Broadway Market in November. A French bistro with a twist, Sans Pere has created a menu perfect for those with a sweet tooth, offering up a unique and vibrant selection of cocktails, desserts and specialist coffees.

Innovative, French inspired cocktails are paired with each dessert. The cocktails incorporate homemade ingredients alongside classic French ingredients.

Find out more here.


Further down Broadway Market, overlooking the Regent’s canal, is Tuyo. Spanish for ‘yours’, Tuyo serves a range of Mediterranean inspired tapas, pinchos, and bigger sharing dishes. Tuyo’s tapas are not just Spanish, they are also influenced by Greek and Turkish recipes to bring a mixture of flavours from the Med.

Book a table here.


Okko’s colourful Japanese dishes are beautifully presented, delicious, and good for you. Inspired by modern Japanese cuisine, the food is perfectly prepared, with the wooden furnishings and minimalist decor bringing the atmosphere of a modern Tokyo cafe.

Book a table here.

Off Broadway

A favourite amongst locals, including a few celebrities (Kirsten Dunst, Michael Fassbender, and Keira Knightley have all been spotted there), Off Broadway serves a range of fun cocktails and bar snacks. Go for the buzzy atmosphere, stay for the resident cat.

Find out more here.


Both a plant shop and a cafe, Twigs serves healthy lunches, brunches, and delicious macaron ice cream sandwiches. Pick up a new succulent for your living room and stop for a bite to eat, all under one roof.

Find out more here.

Insitute of Light

The Institute of Light is Hackney’s newest collaborative space under the railway arches of London Fields station. IOL is a cinema, record store, bookshop, cafe, and restaurant/bar. Their menu is based around a fusion of Anglo-French cuisine, and is dependent on seasonal and market produce.

Book a table here. 

Martello Hall

Perfectly positioned on the corner of Mare Street and Warburton Road (which heads down to the fields) is Martello Hall, a bar, restaurant, and workspace. Head there on a Sunday for a roast, during the week for bottomless coffee and fast wifi, or on a Saturday night for pizza from their wood fired oven and their delicious range of cocktails. You can also hold your own event here – or attend one of theirs, like supper club, late night DJs, and Sunday jazz.

Book a table here.

Climpson and Sons

Climpson and Sons roast their own coffee in-house, and are constantly on the lookout for the best flavours and techniques. They take their work seriously, with an ethos towards sustainability and ethical sourcing, and also run workshops and courses to help others brew their own perfect cup of joe.

Find out more here. 


Only one shared ownership apartment remains for sale at the popular Kings Crescent development. This first floor 3 bedroom apartment is available to purchase with a deposit of only £8,438.

This spacious apartment has wood flooring throughout, a high end kitchen with integrated appliances. It also has a large balcony and views over the courtyard to the rear of the property.

The development is ideally located next to Clissold Park, and with excellent transport links nearby. Manor Park tube station is just over half a mile away and Finsbury Park (tube and rail station) is a ten minute walk from the development.  In 2018 Finsbury Park will become part of the Thameslink mainline, offering improved services to the south coast and beyond.

Applications are accepted from all London boroughs, and priority will be given to those living and working in the London borough of Hackney.

To register your interest please call the shared ownership team on 0207 704 5618 or email

The perfect way to unwind with a stunning view of the City

Abode is a striking new Sherry Green Homes development of twenty-two, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom contemporary apartments, all with a balcony or terrace, in London’s fashionable London Fields area.

Nestled in this thriving heart of Hackney, the apartments are close to the many shops, bars and restaurants of Broadway Market as well the open space of the London Fields and central Hackney amenities such as the Hackney Picturehouse.

The development is very well connected; it’s a 4 minute walk away from London Fields Overground station (8 minutes to Liverpool Street), and ¾ mile from Bethnal Green Underground station, the North London Overground Line at Hackney Central  and the East London Overground Line at Haggerston.

There are also numerous buses to the City and West End, although many local residents choose to cycle or walk to work. The apartments are only a 15 minute cycle ride from the City.

The apartments, which will be priced from £675,000 are launching on Saturday 3rd June.


For more information about the development please contact a member of the new homes team by email or phone: or 020 3826 4888

Rachel Khoo in her Hackney kitchen (Image Credit: Lara Messer)

Rachel Khoo in her Hackney kitchen (Image Credit: Lara Messer)

Chef and food writer, Rachel Khoo, has put her Hackney property on the market. The apartment, located just off Well Street in this resurgent area of Hackney might be modest in size, but is packed with space saving ideas and Khoo’s unmistakable design stamp.

Rachel Khoo's distinct kitchen style

Rachel Khoo’s distinct kitchen style

Rachel, best known for her cookery programme ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’, has made the most of the 594sqft of space. In the open plan kitchen and living area, a foldaway dining table ensures that entertaining and living space are both catered for, while a desk in the second bedroom turns into a bed. Fans of her show will be delighted to see that the kitchen is both beautiful and practical for enthusiastic home cooks and teh chance to cook like Khoo. There is also the added bonus of a small roof terrace for alfresco dining.

The living area opens onto a roof terrace

The living area opens onto a roof terrace

The space saving desk that transforms into a bed

The space saving desk that transforms into a bed

Well Street is gradually transforming. A new monthly market is opening from January 2016 and new shops, bars and coffee shops are popping up all the time. This is a great opportunity to get in now before the crowd follows.


All enquiries to Currell, Victoria Park 020 3222 5555


On Wednesday evening Channel 5 explored the winners and losers of the Right to Buy property scheme in London in brand new documentary, My Million Pound Council House. The documentary focused on how some council tenants have made a hefty profit from buying their council properties.

Anne Currell was invited to contribute to the programme to share her expertise of the Hackney property market and meet with Hackney property owner Alan, who bought his Victorian home in the 1970’s for just £1. Now with grown children, Alan and his wife are looking to sell up and use the equity gained on the house to fund their retirement.

Behind the scenes Anne gets ready to film in Hackney!

Behind the scenes Anne gets ready to film in Hackney!

As Anne discussed with producers of the programme, price rises in Hackney for those lucky buyers who purchased in the area when it was effectively a ‘no go’ zone have seen returns that they couldn’t have even imagined. Price rises of up to 800% in the area mean that right to buy homeowners of Alan’s generation have won the postcode lottery.

Anne discussing the incredible rise in property prices in the Hackney area

Anne discussing the incredible rise in property prices in the Hackney area

After visiting the property with Alan and conducting a valuation, Anne delivered the news that if put on the market today, Currell would market it at £1.3 million pounds. Alan had expressed earlier that his hope was that it would be worth £1m so the result was even better than he could have expected. The jump in value also proves just how much Hackney as an area has changed over the last 30 years, turning it into one of the most desirable postcodes in the city.

You can view the programme here

If you live in Hackney and are interested in a valuation of you home please contact our Hackney office on 020 7241 4111


The New Year is a great time to get moving, so why not start the New Year in one of these stylish new homes. We have rounded up some of the best properties on the market to give you some inspiration for 2015.

Wayland Avenue, E8 – £1,450,000

A stylish family home in Dalston which has been renovated to a high contemporary finish while also keeping many period features. The basement kitchen which opens up on to the garden is not only stylish but also has underfloor heating and a built in pantry/wine cellar. For more details click here

Cross Street, N1 – £850,000

cross st

This rarely available maisonette on the trendy Cross Street in Islington could benefit from some modernisation but has the potential to be a stunning home. The original parquet floor in the living area and the roof terrace are two features which make this property really special. For more details click here

Culford Mews, N1 – £1,450,000

Modern and architecturally designed within a cobbled mews in De Beauvoir, this property is as striking on the inside as it is on the outside. The modern design of this house is set over three floors and includes a secluded roof terrace and a warehouse-style ground floor. For more details click here

Charlotte Road, EC2A – £1,200,000


If you are looking for a City loft, this ticks all the boxes. This large two bedroom apartment has slick design features such as the handmade kitchen, glass doors and exposed brickwork, as well as enjoying a prime position in the heart of Shoreditch. For more details click here

Highbury Crescent, N5 – £1,150,000


This quirky two bedroom period apartment in Highbury shows that smaller spaces can still be bold with design. It also enjoys private access to the surrounding communal gardens. For more details please click here 

This month we round up the hottest new winter interior design trends for the approaching season and find the North London properties to match.

Excellent Entertaining Space

Not really a trend but a winter party season essential. Why leave home, when you can throw the party of the season under your own roof? This beautiful house in Albion Square has a stunning reception space with beautiful hardwood floors and a large kitchen which leads out into the garden; perfect for entertaining.

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Albion Square, E8 £1,850,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Subtle Tones of Grey

Grey is the hottest colour in interiors this season and adds a touch of luxury to even the smallest of spaces. Buy into this trend at Mulberry Mews, a brand new London development by Taylor Wimpey of five luxury townhouses in Highbury, where the show home has been beautifully decorated throughout in shades of grey.

Mulberry Mews show house

Mulberry Mews Show House

Mulberry Mews, N5 £2,350,000 Call New Homes on 0207 261 6611


Statement Bathtubs for Winter Interior Design

This season is all about the statement tub; the more colourful or stand-out the shape, the better. A free standing pewter bath, like the one in this Hackney property, is hard to beat.

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

Quilter Street, E2 £1,200,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Open Fireplaces

You can’t beat an open fire in winter, especially in your own home. This property in Tooting Bec, has not one but two stunning, original Victorian fireplaces. One warms up the the main living space and the other the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Thornton Avenue, SW2 £660,000 Call Battersea on 0203 668 1000

by Guest Blogger Tim Folland

Chloe & Tim gettign stuck in on Dalston Bridge Day

Chloe & Tim getting stuck in on Dalston Bridge Day

On the 23rd of July I attended the Dalston Bridge Charity event, alongside other Currell Staff, bar managers from Dalston superstore and other Dalston Bridge advocates.  The aim of the day was to give our fundraisers an indication of where their fundraising efforts go and hopefully inspire them to become fundraising ambassadors within their Dalston based businesses.

Our first visit was to the Bootstrap Campus. Bootstrap rent out their spaces to creative industries and use this money to fund placements for local unemployed kids. The placements aim to confidence build, whilst improving the students’ technical knowledge to pursue events training or other roles within the creative industry.

Circle Sports

Circle Sports

The next stop was Circle Sports, a new sports shop selling both big brands and local designers. Circle Sports use its profits to pay for placements for unemployed and uneducated individuals, who often lack confidence. At the end of the placement, Circle Sports help with interview practice and get involved with the job hunting process.

Finally we headed to Hackney Pirates. The Hackney Pirates is an enterprising charity working to develop the literacy, confidence and perseverance of young people in Hackney, so that they can achieve both in school and in the world beyond. The work they do there is great and their premises on Kingsland Road is incredibly special.

Kelly, Chloe, Brad and Tim at the Hackney Pirates in Kingsland Road

Kelly, Chloe, Brad and Tim at the Hackney Pirates on Kingsland Road

The Dalston Bridge charity prides itself on tapping into the creativity of the area and its thriving social scene. This is well reflected in the local ethos of the Dalston community; residents seem proud to support each other.

Chloe, from our Hackney office said:

“Dalston Bridge is a way of bringing people together from all walks of life to form a better community. The day was very insightful and made me certainly think twice about the input I make to this community. It was very inspiring and has left me wanting to help in any way that I can.”

The aim of Dalston Bridge isn’t to implement a blanket approach to giving. The charities would rather help less people but make a huge difference, rather than just putting bums on seats.