Those taking the short cut resume here.
Leave London Fields at its most westerly point, farthest from railway, and continue along Middleton Road opposite. Cross Queensbridge Road and take the first left into Albion Square. Turn right at the far side of the square and continue straight ahead, with the gardens on your right into Albion Drive. Pass through the road closure and turn half-right onto Haggerston Road. Pass under the railway, and turn left into Middleton Road shortly before the traffic lights at Kingsland Road.
Albion Square celebrated its centenary in 1999 by winning first prize in the Small Publicly Maintained Garden section of the London Garden Squares Competition. The gardens were restored by the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association in 1899 and are now cared for and owned by Hackney Council. It is a public, elegantly railed square surrounded by a satisfying and complete picturesque Italianate composition of 1846-9, built by Islip Odell.