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The isbi Schools Directory Guide To The Top Private Schools & Colleges In London Hackney

For anyone planning a move to or within Hackney in London, we have collated information below about different places to live, schools, estate agents and other information we think useful for relocating within this fantastic part of London.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in London, Hackney's famous areas include Dalston, Shoreditch, Stoke Newington, Clapton and Stamford Hill.

Hackney has a great choice of high quality UK private schools, charming architecture, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different properties to call home, from brilliantly located apartments, period terrace houses and innovative new builds to  executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Hackney is London’s most liveable borough, making it an ideal home for the pop-ups, start-ups and hipster hang-outs that have sprung up here in recent years. An area rich in history and community spirit, there are plenty of things to see and do in Hackney, from diving in a local lido to browsing a quaint bookshop." The Culture Trip

Hackney is an inner London borough, it borders the City of London to the south west, Haringey to the north, Waltham Forest to the north east, Newham to the east and Tower Hamlets to the south west. 

The famous rock band the Sex Pistols formed in 1975 after Sid Vicious and John Lydon met at Hackney Technical College! 

For more fun facts and figures scroll down to our Hackney focus page! 




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Looking for a prestigious Independent (private) school in Hackney, GB?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Hackney (or you already live in Hackney but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best private schools in Hackney there is a big choice of high quality Hackney schools, with a number of the Hackney’s highest ranking Independent schools considered to be some of the best in the UK. 

Hackney’s private education sector features day schools and boarding schools, girls’ schools, boys’ schools and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private Nurseries, Prep Schools, Independent Secondary and Sixth Form schools and colleges. 

Find Private Schools In Hackney, UK (Or "Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for private schools with a reputation for excellence in Hackney and in the suburbs of Stamford Hill, Shoreditch and Clapton by using our Private Schools Directory and Independent Schools Finder (powered by isbi's School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the schools and colleges listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private Pre-Prep and Prep schools or on Independent Senior and Sixth Form schools and colleges, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at private schools and colleges around the UK and worldwide.




Please see below for a full list of private schools and colleges in Hackney, some of the best of which being:



The Lyceum School

Shoreditch, London, England, EC2A 2DU

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-11 Years, Day

The Lyceum is a unique, co-educational independent school in the heart of the City of London (EC2) for children between the ages of 4-11. It is a happy place where learning is rich, fulfilling and exciting.

[Read More About Lyceum School...]



St Paul’s Cathedral School

City of London, London, England, EC4M 9AD

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-13 Years, Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

St Paul’s aims to instil a love of learning through a broad curriculum. It aims to give each pupil the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially, personally, physically, culturally and spiritually.

[Read More About St Paul’s Cathedral School…]



Dallington School

8 Dallington Street, Clerkenwell, London, England EC1V 0BW
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7251 2284

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 11 Years Day

Dallington School is dedicated to helping children develop their interests and passions without unnecessary pressure. We pride ourselves on enabling children to achieve academic success whilst still being able to enjoy their childhood.

[Read More About Dallington School...]



Palmers Green School 

Winchmore Hill, London, England, N21 3LJ 

Private School (Fee Paying), Girls, 3-16 years, Day

Ranked number one in The Sunday Times national league table for small independent schools with no sixth form, parents can be reassured that Palmers Green High School pupils not only attain excellent results in relation to their abilities and aptitudes, but also grow in confidence and poise as members of this very special school community. 

[Read More About Palmers Green School...]



Snaresbrook Preparatory School

South Woodford, London, England, E18 2EA

Private School (Fee Paying), Co-Educational, 4-11 Years, Day

Snaresbrook is a small independent school for children aged three-and-a-half to eleven where every child is seen, known and heard.

[Read More About Snaresbrook Preparatory School …]


Other Schools in London

Other Schools in Essex


Other Independent Secondary schools and colleges and Sixth Form schools and colleges in East London, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:


Private Pre-Preparatory & Preparatory Schools In East London, UK


Special Needs Schools In London, UK

Some of the best Special Needs schools in East London, Great Britain providing a top-tier, world-class British Special Needs and Special Education Needs education for boys and girls (single-sex and mixed) include:





Where To Live In Hackney, London, England, UK

The most popular British cities and towns in the Hackney area (GB) include, with approximate population numbers:

>  London Fields, Hackney, UK

Hackney (12,500), South Hackney (13,200)

>  Woodberry Wetlands, Hackney, UK

Stamford Hill (68,000)

>  Springfield Park, Hackney, UK

Upper Clapton (12,300)

>  Clissold Park, Hackney, UK

Stoke Newington (14,500), Dalston (8,900)

>  Hackney Downs, Hackney, UK

Lower Clapton (9,400) 

>  Shoreditch Park and City, Hackney, UK

Shoreditch (14,200) Hoxton (15,200), Haggerston (10,400), De Beauvoir (9,800)

>  Hackney Marshes, Hackney, UK

Hackney Marshes (15,300), Homerton (14,700)

>  Well Street Common, Hackney, UK

Hackney Wick (11,700)




Hackney is a very popular place to live and many people move to Hackney each year, or to near Hackney and the surrounding area, from around the United Kingdom and abroad.

Many of those moving to Hackney are looking for a bustling and vibrant location with endless opportunities to choose from. Deciding to relocate to Hackney in order to enjoy a different pace of life of the historic and elegant surroundings of a prosperous city with great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic pubs, restaurants and sports and popular cultural events, arts and music.

Ten Things To Know About Hackney, London, England, UK

> FACT 1: Shoreditch, a town in Hackney has emerged as the third largest technology start up cluster in the world! It is surpassed only by San Francisco and New York City, becoming a hot spot for tech startups and investment. 

> FACT 2: Hackney is home to the Urban Food Fest, taking place every Saturday, the pop-up street food market is held every Saturday and has a selection of food, craft beer, sweet treats and cocktails from all around the world. 

> FACT 3: Broadway Market is located in Hackney. The famous Victorian street market has over 70 shops, cafes and restaurants and dates back to Roman times. It makes for an excellent mooch around and is said to have inspired Albert Square in EastEnders 

> FACT 4: London Fields, a green space just outside Hackney Central, has held weekly cricket tournaments since 1802. However many now flock to the pitches in order to take part in the local ‘Bar-B-Q’ tradition! 

> FACT 5: For one of the most unique shopping experiences in London, visit BOXPARK. It’s the city’s first pop-up shopping centre, comprising over 60 shipping containers that have been stacked and converted into rentable shop spaces. 

> FACT 6: Lord Alan Sugar is from Hackney. He grew up in Woolmer House in Upper Clapton, with dreams of once being Lord Sugar of Clapton! 

> FACT 7:  The first performance of Romeo and Juliet was in Hackney! Shoreditch Theatre, originally built in 1576, held the performance in 1597. Shoreditch is an ever growing hub for Theatre, with the current count at 28 theatres within 5 miles of central Shoreditch. 

> FACT 8:  The football pitches in Hackney Marshes are formed on top of rubble from the Blitz bombings. The damage caused by the bombings was moved to the mashes in order for residential reconstruction to begin. This led to the mashes being drained and allowed for fresh new pitches to grow on top! 

> FACT 9: Hackney has a very young population, with 21% of its 263,100 person population is ages between 20-29 

> FACT 10: Broadway Market has been one of the only markets to sell jellied eels in the UK! The Cooke family first sold the delicacy in 1900 to shepherds driving their flocks right into Central London. The shop still sells eels today and has been kept in the family; Bob, the grandson of Fred Cooke, now runs the shop. 

Where To Live In Hackney, UK

Hackney and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, mansion, with or without granny annex, garden or courtyard. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

For central city living, Hackney and the areas near Hackney are full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming Crescents and estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods and friendly residential communities.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Woodberry Down Hackney, Stoke Newington Hackney, Stamford Hill Hackney, London Fields Hackney, Clapton Hackney, The Otto Hackney, Makers Hackney, Pembury Circus Hackney, Packington Square Hackney, Packington Estate Hackney, Dalston Square Hackney, The Vibe Hackney

Commuting To And From Hackney By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Hackney is especially popular with those who have offices based in London and are happy to commute into the centre for the majority of the week.

Others are happy to commute regularly to The City of London, Canary Wharf, Westminster, The West End and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Hackney To The City of London: The city of London is about 6 miles by road from Hackney via the A501 and driving to the centre of London from Hackney normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to the City of London from Hackney, with tubes taking from 30 minutes via the Central Line to get to the City of London.

> Hackney To Canary Wharf: Canary Wharf is about 6 miles by road from Hackney via the A1205 and driving to the centre of Canary Wharf from Hackney normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to Canary Wharf from Hackney, with tubes taking from 45 minutes to 50 minutes via the Victoria and Jubilee Lines to get to Canary Wharf

> Hackney To Westminster: Westminster is about 6 miles by road from Hackney via the A5201 and driving to the centre of Westminster from Hackney normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular tube service to Westminster from Hackney, with tubes taking from 45minutes to Westminster minutes via the District or Victoria Line to get to Westminster.

> Hackney To The West End: The West End is about 5 miles by road from Hackney via the A104 and driving to the centre of The West End from Hackney normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular bus service to The West End from Hackney, with buses taking from 30 minutes to get to The West End.



Nearest Airports To Hackney, UK

The nearest airport to Hackney is London City International Airport (LCY) which is 5 miles away. Other nearby airports include London Heathrow (LHR) (under 18 miles), London Luton (LTN) (under 27 miles) and London Gatwick (LGW) (under 27 miles).




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