Hackney Downs is a park in Lower Clapton. The park has football pitches, a bowling green and basketball courts.
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The reasons for me liking this rather unassuming 17 hectare stretch of grass in East London are threefold: firstly, location. While the nearby Nightingale and Pembury Estates provide less than salubrious surroundings, the park itself is built on an elevated piece of land overlooking the City, with great views of the Gherkin. It also appears to be the marker for where Heathrow-bound planes dip...more