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Clapton, Homerton & Hackney Marshes

With an array of coffee shops, pubs, shops and restaurants sitting alongside traditional grocers and bakeries, Clapton and Homerton are now firmly on the hipster map.

Combined with tranquil green spaces and quiet, leafy streets, it's easy to see why people love this part of East London.

Pay a visit to Chatsworth Road's vibrant Sunday market and you'll find a vast range of global food and drink, vintage furniture and clothing. You can pick up yet more gems from the surrounding high street's independent shops, from plants and flowers, to children's books and stationary.

Head down the road towards Homerton and discover Chat's Palace, a community arts space hosting music, cabaret, theatre and dance performances. Catch a film at the Castle Cinema - newly reopened after nearly 60 years - or watch a gig at the Round Chapel.

If you want a drink there are a number of friendly local pubs, and if it's food you're after, you're even more spoilt for choice. From pizzerias, delis and creperies to restaurants specialising in Turkish and Scandinavian fare, Clapton is fast becoming a hotspot for foodies.

If you fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle, make a detour to the little oasis that is Clapton Pond and gaze at the fountain on what was once the village green.

The River Lea runs through Millfields Park towards Springfield Park, Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes, and the Lee Valley park, linking this bustling neighbourhood to some of the most beautiful and natural green space in the capital.

Located in a refurbished Victorian tram depot in Clapton, BLOK is a fitness space with three studios, full of original features such as bare brick walls, vaulted concrete ceilings and cast iron pillars.
The Castle Cinema in Clapton had fallen into disrepair and disuse until it was renovated and reopened thanks to a crowdfunding campaign.
Since its relaunch in 2010, Chatsworth Road Market has been going from strength to strength.
The Chesham Arms is a popular pub in Homerton that was saved from being turned into a block of flats in a grass roots campaign led by locals.
When in 1992, artist Paul Monks set up his studio in the former Hackney Hospital, he inadvertently set in motion one of London's most progressive arts enterprises.
Core Clapton is a charitable initiative that aims to make wellbeing treatments and learning accessible to everyone.
The Chatsworth Road cafe specialises in fusing traditional crepes with modern international flavours.
Cressida Bell is a design studio and workshop in Hackney producing beautiful hand made textiles and home furnishings.
Daughter of Jón makes bags with a sustainable production ethic, which are available online or from Chatsworth Road Market on Sundays.
Tucked away in a residential area near Chatsworth Road, the Elderfield is a proper community pub.
The Trust has rescued a number of derelict and 'at risk' buildings in Hackney and restored, refurbished and found new uses for them.
Bobby Moore, David Beckham and Ian Wright - just three football heroes who began honing their talents on Hackney Marshes.
The Hackney Marshes Centre is a RIBA award-winning building a stone's throw from the Olympic Park.
Hackney Shed is a performing arts group for young people, aged seven to 19, based at BSix six form college in Clapton.
Hampson Woods is a small, independent business that creates bespoke wooden interiors and handmade products.
The Huddleston Centre, in Lower Clapton, aims to enable disabled young people and their families to take maximum control of their own lives and play an active role in all aspects of the community.
Kennedy City Cycles in Upper Clapton is not a bike shop, it's a bespoke bike manufacturer.
Kings Hall Leisure Centre in Lower Clapton has a large gym, swimming pool, studio and sports hall.
L' Epicerie is a French-style deli and café in the heart of Clapton's Chatsworth Road.
Based on the River Lea in Hackney, Leaside delivers inspiring and engaging outdoor activities to young people.
Lumiere in Chatsworth Road is a cocktail and juice bar upstairs with a secret basement cavern ideal for event hire.
The Old School Rooms within the Round Chapel are versatile spaces which can be hired for classes, meetings, events or parties.
At vintage Vans specialist, The Other Side of the Pillow, the crepes may be second-hand but the quality is top notch.
The Royal Sovereign is a genuine old school boozer, located between Clapton and Stoke Newington.
Springfield Park covers approximately 40 acres and boasts lovely gardens, fountains, a pond, bandstand, conservation areas and extensive views of across Walthamstow Marshes and the River Lea.
Trestle Records is a Hackney-based record label dedicated to putting out new instrumental music.
Unit G specialises in sourcing work by East London-based artists and designers who do not yet have sufficient space to exhibit and sell it.
Venetia's is an independent, Italian coffee shop in Clapton, which aims to source products from as many local businesses as possible.
A grassroots charity based in Clapton, Wayside Community Centre has been serving the local area for nearly 30 years.
Well Street Market is famously where, in 1919, a 21-year-old barrow boy called Jack Cohen plied his trade to hundreds of customers before opening his first Tesco store.
Young Hackney Concorde is near to Hackney Marshes and the Olympic Park, so sport is a big part of the activities on offer.

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