Nearby, The Chesham Arms is a pub with a backstory: once designated to become another notch in a property developer’s portfolio, it was saved by the local community. Perhaps the most bijoux, friendliest and most authentic pub in East London, it promotes a concise- but excellent- selection of beers. You’ll often find Beavertown, Pressure Drop and The Five Points Brewery on keg and perhaps Dark Star and Hammerton Brewery on cask- but these will be changed over in front of your eyes. There’s a constant rotation of beers to choose from.
Moving on, other local favourites include The Adam and Eve and The Jackdaw and Star. Located across the road from each other, both carry a standout collection of proper beers. The former is a trendy boozer hidden behind a ramshackle exterior, but the inside is impressively capacious and kitted out with a pool table. Expect to find The Five Points pale ale on tap in addition to a great soundtrack, outstanding food and a local crowd. The latter is renowned for its affable and knowledgeable staff and offers another outstanding food menu. Here, The Five Points is again represented and other breweries, such as Camden Town Brewery, are also featured.
For something slightly off-kilter, another unmissable Hackney stopover is Machine No. 3. Although technically a cocktail bar, it carries a meticulously curated range of bottled beer, including a pale ale from local brewery 40ft, The Five Points pale ale, Fourpure’s Beartooth and Gypsy Hill’s Southpaw. All of this is set in a former laundrette, offering a quintessential East London experience in addition to the great beer.