The Star of Hackney Downs

Bringing new life to this hub of the community venue, The Star by Hackney Downs acts as a showcase for Hackney’s talented creatives, as well as a place to enjoy a friendly local-brewed pint or tipple, and a bite. Located on the corner of Queensdown Road and practically on the grass of Hackney Downs Park, this long-standing pub retains all the character of what was before, with a twist – so the original stand-out central bar is reminiscent of a carousel, the classic pub sign is preserved, and the large courtyard becomes a greener space.

The redesign, led by Lady Ray, pools together the talents of some of the area’s most creative minds, to conceive something bespoke, individual and with plenty of soul. Influenced by the idea of a Victorian circus, the eclectic designs feature circus freaks, carousels and botanical leaves; bringing together the old and the new with a mix of contemporary and minimalist interiors with references to history.

And anyone can contribute to the design of The Star by Hackney Downs – which is keen to reflect the heritage of its locals, and welcomes donations of any weird and wonderful possessions to become a feature of the pub’s interior. There is a box in the pub for people to leave their curiosities; with those selected filling the empty frames of the pub walls.

The two upstairs function rooms are available for hire and are the perfect place for company socials, mid-week meetings and weekend birthdays or group parties – complete with access to their own bar. The karaoke room is a cosy gypsy caravan, with a psychic and illusionist on hand for hire. Expect magic tricks, palm-reading and mystical predictions to add that extra flair to your evening.

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