‘Stokey’ as it is affectionately known to the locals, has, like much of the rest of London, undergone its fair share of gentrification over the years. Yet, at the same time, it has still managed to retain its village feel and distinct bohemian community atmosphere.
Stoke Newington High Street and adjoining Church Street are where you will find most of the action with a bustling mix of independent shops and restaurants, in fact, it is one of the very few areas of London that has managed to keep the major chains out. A couple of supermarkets and a Nando’s have snuck their way in (despite fierce opposition from the locals) but overall the independents still reign strong.
Stokey doesn’t have a tube station (although many would call this a blessing) but it does have an overground station which means you can still be in the City within 20 minutes and the West End in around half an hour. The area is also surrounded by a number of impressive green open spaces including Abney Park, Stoke Newington Common and Clissold Park. Like the rest of London, Stokey suffered a fair amount of damage during the Second World War, however, the level of destruction was significantly lower than most other parts of East London so many of its historical buildings managed to survive; including the striking eighteen century Clissold House and the impressive Art Deco Town Hall.
In terms of residential property, many period properties remain, including large period houses and even some Victoria Mansion blocks, in fact several streets are entirely Grade II Listed. Other property is much like the rest of East London with a mix of period flat conversions and post war developments. A number of new developments have cropped up over recent years and no doubt will continue to do so but so far certainly not to the degree of some of its neighbours.
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Stoke Newington Overground Station
A number of well-connected bus routes
Esters: Coffee brewed from some of the best roasters around (and equally good, ethically sourced tea) dog friendly and strictly no laptops at the weekends what’s not to love.
Spence Bakery: We defy you not to have your cake and eat it when you have a coffee here.
The Auld Shillelagh: Voted by the Irish Times as the most authentic Irish pub in the world outside Ireland – good Guinness, good music, good times!
The Jolly Butchers: An impressive range of Real Ales, Ciders, Craft Beers, Stouts and Lagers and a damn good Sunday roast.
Going Out Out:
The Waiting Room: A cool little music venue underneath the Three Crowns pub
Fontaine’s Bar: A superb little Art Deco style cocktail bar
Bar A Bar: If you’re looking for somewhere to get your dancing shoes on then this 250 capacity underground venue is the place to do it!
Tickle Your Tastebuds:
Rasa: Super tasty vegetarian food from Kerala with prices so reasonable you’ll wonder if you’re London or India.
The Best Turkish Kebab Shop: Now there are lots of ‘best kebab’ shops in London but this one could actually quite possibly be the best!
The Black Pig with the White Pearls: If the name alone isn’t enough to get you there then the mouth-watering pintxos will be.
Let’s Do Brunch:
Haberdashery: This spot has won numerous awards and when you try it you’ll see why. Plus, what’s not to like about a café that serves dippy eggs and soldiers!
Café Z Bar: A Turkish twist on brunch, you must try the Menemem but get there early as this place is super popular and you can’t book.
Wild And Free:
Clissold Park, Abney Park East and West Reservoir, Stoke Newington Common, Finsbury Park, Hackney Downs
Clissold House, Abney Park Cemetery, The Old Church, St Mary’s Church
The Castle Climbing Centre, Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre
Shop 'Til You Drop:
Church Street for just about anything and everything, Stoke Newington Organic Farmers Market.