London Hackney

Hackney has one of every Pirate studio — podcast, dance, recording, production and DJ. So whatever your next project, you can get creative here.

Outside Pirate's Hackney Wick studios
Close up shot of a guitarist and pedal board inside a Pirate Studios rehearsal studio

Your space to create

Whether you're a relative beginner or a seasoned pro, our specialist Hackney studios are the perfect place to create, write, produce, practice, record, mix and dance with no distractions.

We have five different studio types for you to choose from:

  • Hone your mix in the DJ studios - Pioneer CDJ3000s available in the Pro DJ studios
  • Rehearsal studios to jam with your band or practice for the next gig in 
  • Plug and play podcast studios for easy recording
  • Recording studios to write songs or record vocals
  • Hackney Wick's first self-service dance studios

Simply book and pay by the hour using our easy live calendar. It's time to let your creativity flow.

Take a look at the 360 virtual tour for Hackney.

Close up shot of a DJ using a Pioneer DJM-900NXS2 and CDJ-2000NXS2 inside a Pirate Studios DJ studio

What is Pirate?

A worldwide network of DJ, production, rehearsal, podcast and dance studios, giving you round the clock access to create. To let you enjoy 24/7 access, we've made the experience entirely self-service using our unique entry code system — but if you ever need a hand, we're here. The fastest way to get support is via Live Chat.


Enjoy industry-standard equipment at affordable prices at our Hackney studios


Community producers using a Pirate recording studio

Stay creative with COMMUNITY

Set up by artists, for artists, COMMUNITY is the home for Pirate creatives worldwide.

Ask for advice and feedback on your music, put out a call for a collab, enter competitions, share the best-kept secret in your area… or simply connect with like-minded people. It’s all possible here.

  • Collaborate: Find a collaborator to contribute to your next project, or offer your talents to other artists.
  • Feedback room: A place for you to share your works in progress, receive advice, and provide constructive feedback.
  • Challenges: Your chance to show the world your talent. Win gear, studio credit, mentoring, and much more with regular artist challenges.
  • Industry advice: This section will help you to understand the ins and outs of the industry. Chat about processes, marketing your brand, and anything else related to the business of creativity.
  • Artist opportunities: Get your music featured on Pirate.com, receive exclusive offers from Pirate partners, and plenty more.

Sign up for COMMUNITY here.

Canal shot in Hackney Wick close to Pirate Studios Hackney

East London's creative corner

The last ten years, with the legacy of the Olympics connecting it to the rest of London via the Overground, has seen the Wick become a cultural hotspot. Rising from the (undoubtedly tasty) ashes of a bagel factory, our Hackney Wick studios are just a few minutes' stroll from the station. 

Once you're finished in the studio, explore the Wick's renowned restaurants and bars, including CRATE Brewery and Pizzeria, Howling Hops Brewery and Tank Bar, or pop across to Stratford for more options.

For those after 'creative juices', we like the community-led Hub 67, Stour Space, and Grow, home to live music and open mic sessions.

Need some fresh air? The studio is close to both Victoria and Queen Elizabeth parks and the Hertford Union Canal, and very well connected for cycling.

From the Community

"I’ve met up with so many DJ friends at Pirate for little B2B sessions and also ended up in a bunch of impromptu sessions"

Saint Ludo — DJ Mag

Frequently asked questions

The London Hackney edition of our FAQs has the top things you need to know about your session. Need more help? Hit up our support team via Live Chat.

Getting here and access

Driving? On-street parking is available in the area.

For those taking public transport, the studios are a 5-minute walk from the closest station, Hackney Wick — a 30-minute tube journey from Oxford Circus. Local buses include the 276, 339 and 488.

There's also a bike-sharing station at Cadogan Cl, Victoria Park, close to the studio.

Visit TfL for more information.

Unfortunately, there is no step-free access at Hackney Wick, however, the nearest step-free accessible studio location is 15 mins away in Dalston.

Are the Hackney Wick studios wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, there is no step-free access at Hackney Wick. However, the nearest step-free accessible studio location is 15 mins away in Dalston.

What is verification and how does it work?

Being verified unlocks extra features at Pirate, like Refer-a-Friend credits. You also need to have your identity verified before you book one of our DJ or recording studios, so it’s a worthwhile investment! Don’t worry, the process only takes two minutes.

TIP: Use your mobile, it's easier to get a clear shot of your face/document.

I'm having trouble with a code or lock — help?

Slow and gentle!  Our locks can be a little sensitive so put your code in slowly and as detailed on your booking — such as * 1 2 3 4 5 6. Don't forget the star!

You might be sent a four-digit code as a replacement for the booking, such as 1 2 3 4.  As above, press slowly and in this case, with no star, *.

If you're having trouble with the lock or code, please contact us and we'll help get you in as soon as possible.

What if something breaks or I need a spare?

Spares in every location! We carry lots of spares in our sites, just in case you need any further equipment or something has a fault.  You'll also find lots of spare cables and mics in our rehearsal studios if needed.

Something missing from the room or you need an item from the Spares cupboard? Hit us up on Live Chat via the website. We will be more than happy to help.

How do I prepare for my first session?

To make sure your session goes smoothly, we suggest taking a couple of minutes to read a bit more about the type of studio you’ve booked:

  • DJ
  • Recording (production)
  • Rehearsal
  • Podcast
  • Dance
  • Showcase

Reread your confirmation email
It has travel directions, codes for the front door, and codes for your studio. Every time you book a studio type for the first time (for example you're a DJ trying out a production studio), we’ll also send you a quick overview of that space and equipment.

Arrive early
We suggest you arrive at Pirate 15 minutes before your session to help orientate yourself, check out our common areas and find your studio.

House rules
We want you, and the rest of the Pirate community, to have the best possible experience using our facilities. To help us achieve that, we ask that you stick to a few ‘house rules’ when visiting Pirate. In summary:

  • Respect your fellow Pirates

  • Absolutely no smoking or vaping

  • Keep all liquids away from the equipment

  • Tidy up at the end of your session

  • Turn off the air-con or heater fan before you leave

How many people are allowed in each studio?

We have introduced several measures to help keep you as safe as possible. This includes limiting the number of people who can be in a studio at once and placing clear markings on floors to help you know what a safe distance is. 

For a full breakdown of the safety measures in place at your Pirate Studios, visit our regularly updated status page.

Are food and drinks available at the studios?

A handful of locations do have vending machines but we suggest you bring your own food and drinks with you. Most Pirate sites are near local shops for convenience, and several sites have a kettle and microwave. Check out our support hub or the location page for your Pirate studio for further details.

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On-site Facilities

  • Professional equipment
  • Spares available
  • Self-service, pay by the hour
  • 24/7 pin code access
  • Free WiFi
  • W/C facilities
  • Kitchen area
  • Communal area
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Acoustically-treated rooms
  • Rehearsal studios
  • DJ studios
  • Recording studios
  • Podcast studios
  • Dance studios
Floorplan: All floors

Book at Hackney today


Find Us

Getting Here

13 Rothbury Road, London E9 5HA

Driving? On-street parking is available in the area.

For those taking public transport, the studios are a 5-minute walk from the closest station, Hackney Wick — a 30-minute tube journey from Oxford Circus. Local buses include the 276, 339 and 488. 

There's also a bike-sharing station at Cadogan Cl, Victoria Park, close to the studio. Visit TfL for more information.

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