EastEnders: The real life location in Hackney that was the inspiration for Albert Square

It’s one of the most recognisable patches of greenery on TV and has been the scene of many a Walford showdown.

Albert Square is at the centre of the lives of the EastEnders characters and has remained virtually unchanged since it first appeared on our screens over 30 years ago.

The well loved BBC soap set in the fictitious London postcode of E20 is instantly recognisable to viewers with the now iconic surroundings of the Queen Vic, the market, launderette and café.

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And it seems there is a real life east London square which the soap takes its inspiration from – and it still exists.

The set for EastEnders Albert Square

Fassett Square in E8, which is surrounded by late Victorian houses bordering a communal garden surrounded by wrought iron fence, is a doppelganger of the soaps Elstree Studio set in Borehamwood.

It has since become a popular urban legend with Taxi drivers known to point out the real-life square as the setting for the original. The first pilot for the soap was in fact filmed here in the late 1980s.

According to some of the residents householders were bribed with envelopes containing small bundles of cash by production crews at the time keen to apologise for filming disruption

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Fassett Square in E8 is the real life inspiration for Albert Square

“It was their way of saying sorry for taking all the parking spaces,” one of Fassett Square resident told the Guardian.

And it seems the inspiration for topography doesn’t stop there, the nearest pub named the Queen Elizabeth was once the local boozer. Today the building still bears the pub’s name but has since been converted into attractive flats.

The rumoured inspiration for the Queen Vic, the Cat and Mutton, on nearby Broadway Market still stands and has become a popular gastro-pub and hotspot for hipsters.

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The Cat and Mutton on Broadway Market thought to have inspired the Queen Vic

The square was originally in a downmarket part of the East End that had seen riots in the early 1980s. It caught the eye of the show’s first producers who thought it was just the ticket for a gritty depiction of the real East End.

Today the area is more affluent, according to residents who have witnessed the changes and London’s housing market boom which has seen Hackney become one of the city’s most sought after property locations.


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Fassett Square seems like a very distant relation to it’s on screen double.

It is now a very desirable place to live with a beautiful rose-filled garden.

Properties on the square sell for upwards of £600,000 and a three bedroom flat was recently listed to rent for £600 a week; a far cry from Walford.

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