Stoke Newington or 'Stokey' to locals really surprises us every time we visit. Never getting much of a mention being a near neighbour of the flavours of the month Hackney and Dalston, Stokey offers so much.
We love the cafe scene, the pubs and the stunning Clissold Park. The streets and houses are similarly stunning and we want to go back!
pretty shops in stokey
One of the things that always strikes us is the pretty shops along Stoke Newington Church Street. Watch out for the second hand bookshop and the flower shop shown below. There are plenty more cute shops and old advertising prints to see too.
best cafes in stoke newington
Church Street is our main street in focus offering plenty of places to stop for coffee and food, as well as hosting a number of other independent traders.
The Blue Legume (101 Church Street, London N16 0UD | Website) is a smart cafe restaurant that is worth a visit for brunch and coffee as is The Haberdashery (170 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JL | Website), who are passionate about coffee and also have a cool website.
clissold park and things to do
Clissold Park is an unknown for Londoners not from Stoke Newington. Walking through the park you'll be struck by the number of activities available from Tennis to the small Zoo and an area exclusively for roller blading.
There are other things to do in the area including the second hand collection just off Church Street and the Cobbled Yard Antiques Shop (1 Bouverie Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AH | Website).
There is also one of the most spectacular climbing centres in the capital to the North of Clissold Park. The Castle Climbing Centre (210 Green Lanes, London N4 2HA | Website) is set within a Victorian Pumping Station and offers plenty of routes for you to enjoy. Well worth it as a one off or for a keen climber.
pubs in stoke newington
If you are looking for pub spots look no further than The Jolly Butchers (204 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7HU | Website), which has a fantastic array of beers and a menu to match.
However, if Guinness is your tipple or St Paddy's is around the corner The Auld Shillelagh (105 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0UD | Website) is your only choice. As you would expect it is a lively pub with live music nights.
We would heartily recommend the Stoke Newington Tramble as the best way to explore the area. In one hour you'll have seen the best bits and can easily decide where to go for more. Find it below.