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Hackney Marshes - the London home of grassroots football

Hackney Marshes is an area of east London that's home to 82 football, rugby and cricket pitches and also boasts a conference and wedding centre plus award-winning children's adventure playground. And if that's not enough sport, head next door to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where you can relive the glory of London's 2012 Olympic Games. Free to enter, explore 2012's venues including the VeloPark and Aquatics Centre, take a trip around the parkland and have an adrenaline-fuelled go on the Arcelor-Mittal Orbit - the world's longest and highest tunnel slide.

Edgy cool in Hackney and Dalston

Nearby Hackney and Dalston are home to some of London's coolest shops, cafes, bars and nightspots. Soak up the atmosphere at Broadway Market which is bustling with an eclectic mix of hip shops and cafes plus traders on Saturdays. Hackney Empire is a renowned arts venue or for a breath of fresh air, head to the much-loved Victoria Park. Hungry? There are lots of great places to eat but local institutions include coffee at Tina, We Salute You and authentic Turkish cuisine at Mangal 1 on Arcola Street. Come evening, you'll find plenty of happening nightspots - try Dalston Roof Park elevated beats.

Shop till you drop at Westfield

Nearby Westfield Stratford City is Europe's largest shopping mall and a shoppers' paradise with 250 stores and 70 places to have a bite to eat. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Hackney Marshes? Travelodge London Hackney Hotel's your closest bet or try Travelodge London Stratford Hotel.