The Star by Hackney Downs

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Perched on the edge of Hackney Downs, The Star by Hackney Downs is a fantastic pub. 

This Star is a playground of 90s interiors with shabby-chic furnishings, retro lampshades and old school stools and tables. Rough 'n' ready characterises this laid-back boozer where mish-mash reigns free and the beer flows all day long. Satisfying a traditional pub spec, this East London nook serves some delicious street food from ever changing Pop-up kitchens. 

Equipped with a large garden terrace, karaoke room and function room The Star is a fab spot for private party hire and a family welcome place. 


No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
18 (Families Welcome)


Day Open Close Notes
16:00 23:30
16:00 23:30
16:00 23:30
16:00 23:30
16:00 01:00
12:00 01:00
12:00 00:00


The Star by Hackney Downs
35 Queensdown Road, London, E5 8JQ

East London

Nearest station:
Hackney Downs (Rail)
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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £3.90
Pint of Real Ale £3.90
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.90
Cocktail £8.20
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £7.40
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.20
Bottle of House Wine £15.50


This venue serves Pub Food, Bar Snacks and British food.

A word from the chef:
We have drawn inspiration from Burger joints all over the world, from London to Miami, Vegas to LA, Berlin to NYC so we know a good burger when we bite one!

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Function Room Private Room 50 80
Kids Party Room Private Room 60 70
* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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Great venue, friendly staff, fun night had by all. Thanks visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 15 Oct 2016
17 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Had a wonderful night. The function room was perfect for our party. All staff were very helpful and friendly prior to and during the party. A big thank you to Amy who tried her best to get the chocolate fountain going! We had our own mini bar up stairs which was great. Would say they that a wider selection would have been good. But there was always downstairs for anyone who wanted something that wasn't there. Overall a splendid night and will definitely be hiring the Function room again. Thanks guys. aj2002 visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 23 Jul 2016
25 Jul 2016 by aj2002

This was a perfect venue for our party. The venue organisers couldn't do enough to help us and make our night go smoothly. Mario and Hayley were super helpful and friendly and Nicola (who booked the night for us and booked us an amazing DJ) was a very patient and helpful indeed. Thank you all. I hope you don't think we were too much of a nightmare.
17 Jul 2016 by Anna

This was the perfect venue for my 30th. The staff were amazing. Reserved us a spot outside and inside, due to the rain. Great music! Party started at 3 and left at closing. Couldn't have asked for a better day and night!
27 Jun 2016 by Tahnee

I had a great birthday party at the Star by Hackney Downs. Booked the main room and the small karaoke room upstairs which worked really well as the small room was a good place for people to catch up, away from the music in the main room. All our guests loved the look of the rooms and the food from Mama's Jerk Station. Thanks to all the friendly staff for their help in the runup to the party and on the night! breda visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 20 Feb 2016
17 Mar 2016 by breda
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We had my friend's Hen Do karaoke and life drawing here and everything was great from start to finish. Staff were really accommodating as we needed a larger space for the life drawing session, so they allowed us to use the big room first, and then move over to the smaller karaoke room afterwards. The 2 bottles of prosecco didn't go too far with the thirsty hens though ;-) Would definitely recommend for another event. Thank you Star!!! x Laura visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 30 Jan 2016
11 Feb 2016 by Laura

We had my 3 years old daughter birthday party at the Star, it was a success! The room is a very good size and very nice. We could use the Karaoke room to store prams and food was lovely and stuff helpful. The booking process was easy, but it was a bit unclear what the deal was with ordering food from the pub was as different managers told us different things. Agnese visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 09 Jan 2016
26 Jan 2016 by Agnese

On arrival for our Christmas 2015 event, the staff were very welcoming and accommodating. We had use of the both the private room until very late along with an hour in the karaoke room. Excellent facilities and the food was amazing (full respect to the new chef and his assistants from Mama Jerk. Portion sizes was spot on and food was flavoursome. All staff agreed it was an excellent venue and night, we had access to the DJ set so were able to cater to everyone's music choice. Totally recommend. ccarterthomas visited The Star by Hackney Downs on 17 Dec 2015
21 Dec 2015 by ccarterthomas
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I organised my birthday party at The Star by Hackney Downs and it was an amazing night. I also hired the karaoke room, which is small but so cool and unique! We had an incredible time and all my friends LOVED it :) I truly recommend!!!
13 Jul 2015 by fefonts
1 person people found this helpful

I booked the Karaoke room for my friends 'Hag' (Hen and Stag). It was a really special evening make extra special by the really nice staff and the fantastic venue. Thank you! I will definitely come again!!
13 Jul 2015 by holly123

Had a big group on Sunday for my birthday and I have to say the staff are not only lovely but they are also so much fun! The impromptu karaoke was a real highlight.
03 Mar 2015 by cglasheen
1 person people found this helpful

Fantastic venue and a great night. Everyone that came had a great time. I would say if you hired the top room out I would recommend to organise a bar up there as people tended to stay downstairs and drink. Had a little issue with the projector but apart from this everything went super smoothly. The food was great too. Thanks
26 Jan 2015 by leonnikoo
1 person people found this helpful

Great little pub. Just what the area needs. I'm anticipating epic times in the summer!

26 Apr 2013 by bret_mack
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