Stoke Newington & Stamford Hill
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.
Its community feel is reflected in the array of small businesses - from gourmet grocers to second-hand stores and international eateries - that line Church Street. While St Paul's West Hackney churchyard, off Stoke Newington Road, also hosts a weekly organic farmers' market.
The original home of the 'yummy mummy' has been dubbed the best place in Britain to be a parent. Clissold Park is a big draw with a playground, paddling pool, aviary, animal enclosures, and a skate park.
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. The area even has its own annual literary festival.
Stoke Newington is equally renowned for its acclaimed pubs, bars, music venues and restaurants while a stones-throw away in Stamford Hill, you'll find myriad shopping opportunities, from a Brazilian butcher to kosher goods and foods.
Stamford Hill is home to the largest Hasidic Jewish population in Europe, a community of almost 30,000 people. The area also boasts the 40-acre Springfield Park, which has spectacular views of North East London and Walthamstow Marshes, as well as a bowling green, table tennis and outdoor chess boards.