Hackney Empire is a theatre located on Mare Street, London. This venue was built back in 1901 as a music hall. Charlie Chaplin, Marie Lloyd and many famous stars performed there during the last century. Hackney Empire was the leading center in the alternative comedy boom of the 1980’s. Even today, it still holds gigs and a variety of comedy shows. With a capacity of almost 1300 seats, it’s a must visit spot across in London - especially, if you're into a little comedy.
Getting to Hackney Empire by public transport should not cause you any trouble. You can reach the venue:
By train and tube: getting to the venue by train is easy since Hackney Central Station is located around 300 meters away from the club. There’s no tube station nearby, though.
By car: going to Hackney Empire by car is possible as well. But, of course, the exact route will depend on your starting point.
International: You can travel to Hackney Empire from Gatwick or Heathrow international airports. From Heathrow terminals 1-3, take a train to Paddington Station and then circle tube line to Liverpool Street. From Liverpool Street, go to Hackney Town Hall by bus number 48.
If you start at Gatwick, take a train to Victoria Station, and then tube to Highbury & Islington. On Highbury & Islington underground, take a tube to Hackney Central. Walk around 3 minutes till you reach the venue.
Parking space around Hackney Empire is quite limited. The nearest parking lot is located near Tesco; however, it’s usually for customers only. Another parking is located around 8 minutes away at Spurstowe Terrace.
Access for people with special needs
Using lift to get to the seat is possible; make sure to ask one of the venue team members to assist you. Guide dogs are usually allowed; however, there might be some restrictions (depending on the type of show). When booking a ticket, ask the box office for specific details about guide dog care during the show.