In recent years, Hackney and the City have become more popular as night-life destinations.  This has had a positive impact in terms of raising the profile of the borough and in supporting jobs in bars, restaurants and other venues. This development of the night-time economy also creates opportunities for socialising for residents, especially in areas such as Shoreditch, Hoxton and Dalston (and increasingly in other locations such as Stoke Newington and Hackney Wick), which can contribute to positive mental health. 3

However, it is also likely that there are negative effects for some residents living in close proximity to the most popular destinations.  For example, in 2013 Hackney Council consulted on changing the local licensing conditions in Dalston.  Almost three-quarters of the 2,856 respondents said there was a problem with litter and waste, 61% were concerned about anti-social behaviour and 34% complained about noise.4


  2.  Dalston consultation report October 2013  (PDF document)
  4.  Dalston consultation report October 2013  (PDF document)