Stoked with ma hood

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From Dalston to Stoke Newington. From raw streets and poundshops to a middle-class village. Gotta see it to believe it. Welcome to my new hood! We love it up here.

It’s funny how much each neighborhood in the city dictates the vibe of that area. Each neighborhood has a stereotype or an ethnicity assigned to it, and ‘stokey’ is the home of young yummy mummies and trendy youngsters with a bit more than the usual income. Walk around Church St and you’ll find plenty of great restaurants, cafes and wine shops, along with organic food grocery shops and pretty insane florists.

It’s only been a couple of months since we moved up here, but we are enjoying the change. We like it so much, we would like you to enjoy it too. And that’s why we came up with a day guide to a fun day in the area.

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Let the adventures begin!

A fun-filled day in Stokey.

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Start your morning with a coffee and a pastry at Esters or at Caffeine and head your way to Clissold Park for a stroll along its lanes or walk further ahead into Woodberry Wetlands, a natural reserve in the heart of the city. If you are into sports, I suggest you try the Climbing Castle, the UK’s largest climbing centre inside what was a Victorian pumping station.

Once you’ve worn yourself out, get back to Stoke Newington Church Street for a bit of food. We suggest brunch at The Good Egg if NYC-style Middle Eastern/ Jewish food is what you are after or lunch at Escocesa if you are feeling like indulging into scottish seafood and spanish tapas (yum).

After making yourself full, it’s of course time for some shopping.

  • Get your flower fix at either Botanique or Green Room Cafe , where you can also munch into some delicious homemade food.

  • Shop Vintage clothing til you drop at Beyond Retro mega store and .

  • Or if it’s furniture what you are after, there’s also a flea market in one of the corners off Church St. There are also plenty of querky stationery shops along Church St, one of my favorites is Nook.

If you are feeling like you need some rest, venture to Loading Bar, where you can play video games til you drop; or head to RIO Cinema (Ok, that’s Dalston) for an independent film viewing

Finish the day with dinner at The Londesborough gastropub, our absolute favorite. If it happens it’s a Sunday, you are in for a treat; their roast is the best in the area.

Stay tuned,

TCB xx