Hockley, one of the UK’s ‘coolest postcodes’

Hockley was named one of Sunday Times Style Magazine’s 12 “Coolest Postal Codes to Switch to in 2022”.

Locals have long known it as a cool downtown area with its mix of independent shops, bars, restaurants and live music venues.

In the heart of the city’s Creative District, Hockley is home to one of the nation’s leading independent cinemas on Broadway, one of only two Rough Trade record stores outside of London and New York, Jamcafe that the Times recommends for best beers and DJs and award winning Peggy’s Skylight Jazz Hall, among many other exciting places to check out.

Now the London-based publication has awakened to Hockley’s charm in “one of England’s most underrated towns”, encouraging “hipsters who left Hackney” to consider attributes ranging from murals to graffiti and warehouse clubs to independent spots, cocktail bars and caves.

The council has played its part in boosting the cultural atmosphere of the area’s cafes by making it more pedestrian-friendly and investing in the market and Sneinton Square to spread the creative buzz and encourage greater footfall. .

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Skills, Growth and Economic Development Portfolio Holder Cllr Rebecca Langton said: “It’s great to see Hockley recognized in a national publication as one of the coolest regions in the country.

“There have been significant improvements at Hockley to make it pedestrian friendly and to encourage eating and drinking outside at its many popular bars, cafes and restaurants. Most recently, we’ve introduced changes to Broad Street, Heathcoat Street and Carlton Street that cut traffic after 11am and give merchants the freedom to use the space in front of their business, which really helps add some extra buzz. We also encourage street artists to liven up the neighborhood more.

“Hockley has long been popular due to the large number of independent outlets which help to create a special atmosphere in this part of town.

“We have strengthened Hockley’s ties with Sneinton Market where this is also the case and there is no doubt that we expect these kinds of places with a distinct character and original edge to continue to thrive after the pandemic. .

“They are an indicator of what we can aim for elsewhere in the city, including in the Broad Marsh neighborhood, where public spaces can come alive with street and art performers, independent traders and shops. ephemeral.

“Hockley’s popularity is increasing as it now attracts older families and couples as well as younger ones. Footfall in the neighborhood certainly appears to be increasing and we are aware that a number of new businesses are opening up in Hockley and existing businesses are branching out to attract customers to the neighborhood during the day and night.

“Different parts of the city have a different attraction. People still want to come to Nottingham for shopping, but as our main streets change, especially after Covid, we’ll have to offer a mix of things to continue to draw people to the city. The redeveloped castle experience and other attractions and events are a part of it, and building on the success of neighborhoods like Hockley will be an asset to the city for the future.

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