How to spend a day in Hockley

The best part of town

Hockley is one of the most vibrant and creative quarters in Nottingham. This quirky little area is situated  in between the busier  side of Lower Parliament Street and The Lace Market.  The streets are filled with many well preserved Victorian buildings which are now home to bars, record shops, cinemas and trendy clothes stores. There is so much to do here, but as we are all busy university students we have decided to choose our top picks and help you plan your day in Hockley.


Wake up early and cure your hangover with a Full English. Our favourite spot for breakfast is Edin’s Natural Kitchen with a menu ideal for your meat eaters, veggies and vegans alike. If you’re a late riser there’s nothing to worry about as they serve all day breakfast Sunday – Friday. Make sure to bring your student card as they treat all students to a discount.


Now that you’re have a bit more energy it’s time to hit the shops. First stop: Wild Clothing. It’s hard to miss the big red doors of Wild which have been selling vintage clothes since April 1983. Browse through the two floors of retro fashion and you will find it hard to leave without buying an oversized jumper or american styled bomber.


Head over to the National Videogame Arcade to play on both old school and new games. The arcade is open from 10am – 6pm and is popular among the young and old.


Around the corner from the NVA is The Rum House. Pop in and try some of their amazing Caribbean tapas styled food.


Now that you’re in a food coma, grab a comfy seat in Broadway Cinema. Broadway has four screens, two bars and is the only cinema to have been designed by Paul Smith. Did you know that Quentin Tarantino was a fan of the cinema and brought the copy of Pulp Fiction straight from Cannes Film Festival making Broadway the first cinema in the UK to show the movie. It stilled had the French subtitles on it.


With some of the best bars in Nottingham here is where you start:

Boilermaker: A hidden gem on Carlton Street… We’re not going to make it that easy and just give you the directions, you’ll have to find it for yourself! Boilermaker has a unique menu with the most delicious cocktails. Why not try the Hard Pour Corn or War and Peas?

Wax: This quirky little bar is located on 27 Broad Street. With the friendliest bartenders around you’ll be sure to have a great time whether you go in as a group or even for a drink by yourself! The bar has an entire wall covered in vinyls and guitars with the best music playing to match.