Hackney Central station is on the North London Line within Zone 2, in the London Borough of Hackney. The original station was built in 1850, subsequently replaced in 1870 and then closed entirely in 1944, before reopening as Hackney Central in 1980. The original 1800s station is still in situ and has since become a bar and live music venue.
Today Hackney Central serves London Overground trains between Stratford, Richmond and Clapham Junction. Many commuters interchange here, switching to Liverpool Street services from nearby Hackney Downs station - a walkway links the two, so passengers don't have to exit in order to continue their journey.
Just south of the station is Hackney's cultural quarter, dominated by the Grade II-listed Hackney Empire music hall and home to one of London's most vibrant bar and restaurant scenes. For those who prefer the great outdoors - or at least an urban version of it - there are two green spaces nearby: Hackney Downs to the north, and London Fields to the south.