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The London Borough of Hackney is a London borough located northeast of the City of London. It is currently part of the subregion of East London, though was formerly included in North/North East London/. It is one of the boroughs of Inner London. The local authority is Hackney London Borough Council. Hackney's southwestern boundary is adjacent to the City and Broadgate. Also in the southwest is Hoxton and Shoreditch which are at the heart of the London arts scene and home to many clubs, bars, shops and restaurants; Hoxton Square is its central point. The Borough of Hackney has attracted some office development and the development of Shoreditch and Hoxton has caused land values to rise, thus expanding the range for prospective development. Much of Hackney maintains its inner-city character and in places like Dalston large housing estates now sit side-by-side with gated communities. The historical and administrative heart of Hackney is the area roughly extending north from Mare Street and surrounding the Church of St John-at-Hackney; known as Hackney Central. Hackney Town Hall Square has been funded to develop as a new 'creative quarter'. Surrounding the public square itself is the now bankrupt Ocean music venue [being refurbished as a four screen cinema complex in late 2011], a new library, technology and learning centre, Hackney Museum and the refurbished Hackney Empire. A new town hall complex has been built out of public funds behind the original building. South Hackney abuts Victoria Park and terraced Victorian and Edwardian housing has survived to this day. (via Freebase)