The Sunday Times has just announced a list of the coolest postcodes to relocate to in 2022, and Nottingham’s Hockley was named as a top contender.

Of course, we agree - Hockley has something special about it. Filled with independent shops, restaurants and bars hidden down secret alleys or down cobbled streets, there’s a very authentic feel to this little corner of our city, where you’ll meet good people, eat tasty food, and have a great time.

And if you’re coming from London (or any other big city for that matter), expect a big drop in your cost-of-living expenses. The average rental price for a one-bedroom city centre apartment is just £571pcm – that’s about a third of the average equivalent in London!

So, for the ‘hipsters who have moved on from Hackney,’ where are the top places to visit in Hockley? Here are just a few of our highlights that weren’t featured in The Sunday Times article:

Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti

Easily the best pasta you’ll find outside of Italy, this intimate spot has just a few tables and offers a handful of dishes cooked to perfection. We highly recommend the pecorino and honey tortelloni if you make a visit. You can also find sister restaurants Botti Di Mama and the newly opened Crazy Fish My Love just a few streets away.

Bar Iberico

You’ll often see queues outside this popular Spanish tapas restaurant, and a brilliant atmosphere inside. There’s a huge menu that’s designed for sharing, with dishes inspired by Iberia and the Mediterranean. It even features on the Michelin Guide!

More of our favourite restaurants include:

Mesa – Tapas

Dino Wine Bar & Restaurant – Mediterranean

Paste – Thai

Oscar & Rosie’s – Pizza

Bunk – Cocktails & Wings

Broadway Cinema

Broadway Cinema shows everything from independent films to blockbuster hits, on great screens with comfy seats designed by Nottingham legend, Paul Smith. The café and bar is a great spot for a drink or bite to eat.

The cinema has hosted premieres for world-renowned filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction UK Premiere.

Tickets for Under 25s cost just £5 too, so it’s great on the purse strings.

Rough Trade

Rough Trade is the spot to go if you want to find some new music or pick up a record. It’s a super popular place for signings, with artists often doing one off shows to celebrate the release of their new record. Nottingham’s own Young T & Bugsey will be there later this month.


Hockley has tons of fantastic vintage stores full of great styles. Braderie is one of our favourites for staying ‘on-trend’ without the fast-fashion. They have vintage and re-worked pieces from brands you’ll know and love.

Hockley Arts Club

Hockley Arts Club is arguably the prettiest spot in Nottingham to get your cocktail fix. Hidden away behind Hockley’s busiest street, you can make your way up three floors of bars, with delicious cocktails available at every stop.

The Angel Microbrewery

If you’re after a real ale, The Angel is the place to go. They have an ever-changing menu of vegan ales, brewed in-house. The downstairs chapel, as was, was converted into a gig room in the 80’s, and has seen the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian perform there.

Some more of our favourite bars and pubs:

Six Barrels



The Lord Roberts


Peggy’s Skylight




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