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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. 

Formerly one of the 'magnificent seven' garden cemeteries of London, Abney Park is now a woodland and local nature reserve.
The Auld Shilleagh is a popular Irish pub in Stoke Newington with live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
Babel Art House is a 2-storey cafe and restaurant with a venue in the basement.
Church Street Bookshop in Stoke Newington is a long-established second-hand bookshop with wide range of fiction, non-fiction and children's books.
This restored 18th century former mansion in Stoke Newington makes a great setting for weddings and private parties.
Clissold Leisure Centre in Stoke Newington boasts two swimming pools, a 100+ station gym, and dedicated treadmill running room.
Clissold Park is one of the borough's most loved green spaces, which first opened to the public in 1889, and remains central to the local community.
Known to its loyal customers as 'Grodz', Grodzinski & Daughters has been supplying kosher breads and cakes for over a century.
A monthly flea market offering traders and makers a space to sell their wares in the heart of Stoke Newington Church Street.
Hang-Up is a contemporary art gallery in Stoke Newington with a dynamic programme of contemporary and urban art by a roster of exciting artists and makers.
Hub has three stores in Hackney, this one in Stoke Newington, specialises in men's designer clothing.
Hub has three stores in Hackney, this branch in Stoke Newington, focuses on women's designer clothing.
A cute little fashion boutique in Stoke Newington selling women's clothing and accessories.
The Jolly Butchers is an ale and cider house on Stoke Newington Church Street which serves a complementary food menu and Sunday roasts.
The Lion is a proper old school boozer in Stoke Newington with a unique horseshoe bar, a couple of open fires for those cold winter nights, and a heated beer garden.
This second-hand record store in Stoke Newington Church Street is a retro vinyl collector's dream.
The founders of this community food kitchen believe everyone should be able to grow, cook and eat nutritious food that's good for both people and planet.
Manor House Development Trust is a charitable social enterprise working within Woodberry Down and North East Hackney.
Fashionable trend-driven vintage clothing store on the Stoke Newington to Dalston main drag.
Mudfoot and Scruff is an independent boutique in Stoke Newington selling clothes, shoes, accessories and homeware.
This Stoke Newington store houses a range of fine art prints by local illustrators, books, bags, cards, ceramics, jewellery, prints and kitchenware.
The Old Church - the only surviving Elizabethan church in London - is an arts and performance venue in the heart of Stoke Newington.
Paws & Purrs in Stoke Newington started life as an independent shop selling upmarket pet food and dog-grooming services.
Pictures and Light, in Stoke Newington, is a Tardis-like boutique offering everything to achieve a vintage interior design look for the home.
This is the original branch of Rasa, a small chain of southern Indian restaurants, that began life in Stoke Newington Church Street.
The Rose and Crown is a well loved local in Stoke Newington that features a traditional oak-panelled bar and a log fire.
Founded in 2001, the independently owned Spence Bakery in Stoke Newington sells homemade breads, pastries, sandwiches and coffee.
Stoke Newington Farmers' Market, held every Saturday, is the UK's only 100 per cent organic farmers market.
Stoke Newington Town Hall has been loving restored to its full 1930s glamour and is now a thriving events space.
The first store in Hackney's vintage boutique empire Strut sits in the heart of Stoke Newington.
Another strand of Strut's Hackney empire, this designer boutique in Stoke Newington focuses on menswear.
That's T as in cuppa combined with a 'lifestyle concept' shop. Obvs.
The only surviving Elizabethan church in London and an arts and performance venue in the heart of Stoke Newington.
The Three Crowns in Stoke Newington attracts a 20 to 30-something clientele with its late licence and basement club.
A collective of bartenders and chefs joined together to open this Stoke Newington bar and restaurant in 2015.
Left through some doors and down the stairs of The Three Crowns pub resides intimate Stoke Newington live music venue and nightclub The Waiting Room.
Learn to sail, kayak or stand-up paddle board with expert tuition from qualified instructors at West Reservoir Centre in Stoke Newington.
A popular local in Stoke Newington, The White Hart's biggest draws are its massive garden, big screen sports events and DJ nights.
Yellow Warbler is an independent neighbourhood coffee shop in the heart of Stoke Newington.
Young Hackney Stoke Newington is one of five council-run youth hubs in Hackney.
The Edge youth hub in Woodberry Down offers a range of activities for young people, with a focus on business and enterprise.
The award-winning classic Thai cuisine at Yum Yum makes it one of the most popular restaurants in the borough.

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