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THIS green corner of Hackney is about as close to village life as London gets. Bounded by parks and brimming with buggies, bakeries and boutiques, Stoke Newington often feels a world away from the grit and urban glamour of neighbouring Dalston. 

Church Street, in Stoke Newington, has a village life feel to it

Its distinct community feel is reflected in the array of small businesses – from gourmet grocers to second-hand stores and international eateries – that line Church Street, which also hosts London’s only weekly organic farmers’ market.

The original home of the ‘yummy mummy’, Stokie has been dubbed the best place in Britain to be a parent, and for almost 30 years it has had the highest concentration of under fives in the UK. 

The Green Flag award-winning Clissold Park is a big draw with a wide range of newly refurbished facilities including play and games areas, paddling pool, aviary and animal enclosures, and a skate park. There's also a popular pool at Clissold Leisure Centre.

Yet it is not only for those seeking the quiet life. The area is equally renowned for its vibrant nighttime haunts, including an array of late night Turkish eateries, acclaimed pubs, bars, and other music and dancing venues.

Its culture of hedonism is complimented by an equally colourful historical and literary heritage. The scenic Abney Park Cemetery contains the graves of the founders of the Salvation Army, and a number of prominent anti-slavery Abolitionists. It was also the location for Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' video.

Writers such as Daniel Defoe and Edgar Allan Poe spent some of their formative years in the area, influenced by its liberal, counter-cultural ethos, which still exists today. And the area even now has its own annual literary festival.

As any Saturday passed in the postcode will reveal, Stoke Newington offers the best of both wholesome and unwholesome London.  

Abney Park Cemetery

FORMERLY one of the ‘magnificent seven’ garden cemeteries of London, Abney Park is now a woodland and local nature reserve. It also offers educational facilities, including a stone carving workshop, training centre and visitor centre.

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Abney Park Cemetery

Ark

Small friendly shop, selling useful gifts.

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Ark

Auld Shillelagh

THE Auld Shilleagh is a popular Irish pub in Stoke Newington with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. This long and narrow Church Street boozer draws a loyal crowd of drinkers most nights and has a surprisingly large beer garden.

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Auld Shillelagh

Bellerby & Co Globemakers

PAINSTAKING craftsmanship, innovative design and quality materials are the cornerstones of this homegrown Hackney business. Bellerby & Co produce beautiful handmade globes from their Stoke Newington workshop that have become highly collectable items sold in the UK and abroad.

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Beyond Retro

THE vintage clothes store has opened a flagship shop in Dalston, adding music performances and other events. A long-time destination store for fashionistas, brand Beyond Retro has seen Paloma Faith and Florence Welch visit it stores for antiquarian finds.

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Blue Legume

CAFE, restaurant and juice bar serving a wide variety of healthy Mediterranean dishes, cold freshly squeezed juices, coffees and alcohol.

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Blue Legume

Castle Climbing Centre

STOKE Newington's The Castle is said to have one of the best indoor climbing walls in London, with more annual visits than any other climbing centre in the UK. A converted Victorian pumping station, The Castle has kept most of its distinctive exterior design.

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Castle Climbing Centre

Church Street Bookshop

SMALL second-hand bookshop with wide range of fiction, non-fiction and children's books.

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Church Street Bookshop

Clissold Leisure Centre

CLISSOLD Leisure Centre in Stoke Newington boasts two 25-metre swimming pools, an outdoor gym, and dedicated treadmill running room. Main features are a sports hall, badminton court, basketball court, squash court, five-a-side indoor pitch, table tennis table, roofed outdoor gym, treadmill room and crèche.

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Clissold Leisure Centre

Clissold Park

CLISSOLD Park is one of the borough’s best loved green spaces and underwent a multi-million pound renovation project by Hackney Council. It now boasts amenities including tennis courts; an outdoor table tennis table; bowling green; wheel park for skaters and BMX-ers; and a multi-use games area for five-a-side football and basketball.

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Clissold Park

Daniel Defoe

THE Daniel Defoe prides itself on being 'one of the last traditional' pubs in the Stoke Newington area. It offers a range of cask ales, premium lagers and ciders, wines from around the world, a selection of malt whiskies probably rarely seen outside the Highlands, and a simple, daily food menu.

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Daniel Defoe

Farleigh Place

THIS indoor market, cafe and event space is situated just off Stoke Newington Road. It hosts a vintage and designer market every Saturday and Sunday featuring 20 stalls of clothing, jewellery, independent designers, antiques and furniture.

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Farleigh Place

Fox Reformed

OPENED in 1981, The Fox Reformed is a long-established wine bar offering bistro fare and a warm and cosy atmosphere. Board games are available and children welcome at this Stoke Newington watering hole.

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Fox Reformed

Guinness Trust Youth Centre

THIS Stamford Hill youth centre advertises itself as 'a fun place to hang out, learn new skills and make new friends'. Activities include sports, dance, cooking, DJ workshops, trips, girls only sessions, accredited training and help with CV writing.

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Guinness Trust Youth Centre

Hackney Flea Market

MONTHLY flea market offering Hackney creatives a space to sell their wares in the heart of Stoke Newington Church Street. The market hosts over 20 stalls selling vintage goods from second hand clothes, glass and ceramics, to vinyl and bikes.

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Hackney Flea Market

Hang-Up Gallery

ART gallery situated in the heart of Stoke Newington. The galley space at street level presents a dynamic programme of contemporary and urban art exhibitions from a roster of exciting artists and makers.

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Hang-Up Gallery

Hub

HUB is a collection of fashion stores in Stoke Newington and London Fields. Its three shops (two on Church Street, one on Broadway Market) stock a range of men and women's wear such as those from Sessun, Acne and H by Hudson.

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Ivory

LITTLE fashion boutique in Stoke Newington selling women's clothing and accessories.

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Ivory

Jolly Butchers

ALE and cider house on Stoke Newington Church Street with a complementary food menu and Sunday roasts. This Campaign for Real Ale nominated pub offers a wide selection of real ale, cider, craft beer and premium larger from smaller breweries on tap and by the bottle.

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Jolly Butchers

Kimo's

CARIBBEAN bar and restaurant with event space for club nights, live music and private functions....

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Kimo

Le Parc Delicatessen

THIS is a small, friendly cafe and delicatessen situated in the heart of Stoke Newington Church Street. It stocks an 'indulgent' range of artisan cheeses, antipasti and charcuterie, locally sourced patisseries, and over 200 wines from around the world.

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Le Parc Delicatessen

Little Stars Nursery

A SMALL private nursery in Stoke Newington with space for 11 children per day, age two to five-years-old, providing half and full day sessions. Its aim is to 'bring learning and fun together in a place where each child can feel safe, confident and motivated'.

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Little Stars Nursery

Lucky Seven

Second-hand records, books and clothes are available at this Stoke Newington Church Street store.

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Lucky Seven

Manor House Development Trust

MANOR House Development Trust is a charitable social enterprise working within Woodberry Down and North East Hackney. It aims to enable residents to make the most of opportunities arising from the regeneration of the area, and offers a range of recreational activities for young and old alike, and training courses.

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Manor House Development Trust

Mint Vintage

FASHIONABLE vintage clothing store in Dalston. A collaboration with ASOS Marketplace and an online shop selling vintage in a way no one ever has before, we are on the forefront of fashion, and we want to go further.

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Mint Vintage

Mudfoot & Scruff

MUDFOOT and Scruff is an independent shoe shop in N16. It stocks a range of designers, from emerging to more classic brands.

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Mudfoot & Scruff

Of Cabbages & Kings

THIS store moved to bigger premises in 2012, and houses a range of fine art prints by local illustrators, books, bags, cards, ceramics, jewellery, prints and kitchenware. Also runs an online store, and Of Cabbages & Kings Market Days at Abney Hall when a selection of local designers and makers fill the hall with a variety of handmade gifts, original artwork and designer home wares.

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Of Cabbages & Kings

Paws & Purrs

NATURAL foods, treats, tough toys and classy collars are sold at this pet shop. The shop's aim is to bring together alternative pet care products while selling a few gifts for humans also.

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Paws & Purrs

Pictures & Light

SECOND-hand furniture, lighting and homeware together with prints, cards and contemporary goods for the home.

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Pictures & Light

Rasa

THE original branch in the chain of southern Indian restaurants resides on Stoke Newington Church Street. This one serves vegetarian food inspired by the authentic home cooking of spice-rich Kerala, where all the chefs are trained.

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Rasa

Rasa Travancore

THE second branch of Rasa is a Syrian-Christian restaurant influenced by years of trading between Syria and the Mediterranean. The menu offers chicken, duck, lamb, fish, prawn and crab all given the same fascinating treatment typical of food from this tradition, as well as a highly original vegetarian menu.

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Rasa Travancore

Rose & Crown

THIS well loved local landmark of a pub in Stoke Newington features a traditional oak-panelled bar and a log fire. It has been owned by the same family since 1986 and has a welcoming, unpretentious feeling.

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Rose & Crown

Rouge

THIS eclectic Stoke Newington shop specialises in new and vintage furniture, ceramics and decorative items for the home, mostly sourced directly from China.

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Rouge

Route 73

FIND a range of toys, arts and crafts and original gifts for children up to 10 years.

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Route 73

Spence Bakery

FOUNDED in 2001, the independently owned Spence Bakery sells homemade goods, baked fresh each day. Proofing takes places every night and during the early hours you can smell the baked bread on the corner of Woodlea Road.

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Spence Bakery

Stoke Newington Farmers' Market

STOKE Newington Farmers' Market is London's only all-organic farmers market just up the road from Dalston. Buy seasonal veg, salads, organic rare-breed meat, fresh milk, cheeses, eggs and mushrooms direct from small farmers and growers every Saturday.

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Stoke Newington Farmers

Stoke Newington Town Hall

STOKE Newington Town Hall has been loving restored to its full 1930s glamour and is now a thriving events space. It has multiple rooms to hire including the Assembly Hall which features a sprung dance floor and one of Europe’s largest working mirror balls.

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Stoke Newington Town Hall

Strut

WOMEN and men's second hand clothing store in Stoke Newington.

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Strut

T&SHOP

THAT'S T as in cuppa combined with a 'lifestyle concept' shop. Obvs.

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T&SHOP

Tangerina Coffee Shop

TANGERINA is a coffee shop in Stoke Newington with a welcoming atmosphere, offering speciality coffees and teas alongside home-made food. The menu is a fusion of Brazilian and European tastes which reflect the background of its two owners.

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Tangerina Coffee Shop

Tea Rooms

THE Tea Rooms offers luxury teas, cakes and cream teas in the heart of Stoke Newington Church Street. Tea is served in vintage china on embroidered tablecloths.

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Tea Rooms

The Cobbled Yard

THE Cobbled Yard sells an eclectic mix of ever-changing vintage and retro furniture and curios.

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The Cobbled Yard

The Old Church

The Old Church is an inspiring, historic, setting for a wide variety of events, including family parties of all kinds, arts events, seminars, business or charity events and receptions. It can host a standing reception for up to 180, a cinema-style seated event for 120 or a seated meal for 80.

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The Old Church

Three Crowns

THREE Crowns leans towards an upmarket venue attracting 20 to 30 something residents. With classic French style decorations and low lighting, the pub is fantastic for group meet ups and romantic nights alike.

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Three Crowns

Waiting Room

LEFT through some doors and down The Three Crowns pub stairs resides intimate Church Street part-gig venue-part nightclub The Waiting Room. Performers are usually publicised in the pub and shop windows around Stoke Newington.

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Waiting Room

White Hart

A POPULAR local in Stoke Newington, The White Hart's biggest draws are its massive garden and DJ nights. It's usually bustling with punters, more so during big football matches on its many big screens and hot summer days.

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White Hart

Yum Yum

THE award winning classic Thai cuisine makes Yum Yum one of the most popular restaurants in the borough. In this listed Georgian building there are beautiful interiors combining Thai features with chic modern Asian designs.

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