Having moved east to hackney after being priced out of what is not the super trendy Stoke Newington, I thought I was getting a rough deal. However, after only 3 months here I love it. There is always something to do and the transport links to the rest of London including the centre is amazing, it is a short bus ride to Bethnal Green tube station if you enjoy using the underground, or if you prefer to stick to the buses, you can get a 55 direct to the west end in about 30 mins.
There are of course some not so nice places in the borough, but I supppose this is the same as anywhere, London fields is a great place to spend an afternoon, lots of really nice pubs and restaurants and all reasonably priced... broadway market is amazing, it can be a lovley day out and you cans spend as much or as little money as you like.
Its a great place to wonder, and with the olympics, the name is up and coming as well, visit today and see for yourself! Hackney is a great place to be!