Quite possibly this place has the most chic that Hackney has to offer.
If you’re ever in the area, take a walk down Stoke Newington Church Street and you will see why. The narrow street is adorned with cafés, bistros, boutiques, restaurants, traditional public houses and live music venues, with the world famous Vortex Jazz Club just off adjoining Stoke Newington Road. Even the local fish and chip shop has an upmarket feel to it and pretty much everywhere you eat has food to die for.
The surroundings of the area really help to keep the residents of this area a happy bunch as there is never a lack of things to do. For peaceful strolls in nature there is Clissold Park, home to the Grade II listed Clissold Mansion which dates back to the 1790s. I believe it now houses a Café which complements the aviary, bandstand, deer enclosure, fountain, organic nature garden, pond, paddling pool and tennis courts that are on offer to you if you visit.
Another feature of the area is the Saturday Farmer’s Market for fresh produce from around the country and the on a Sunday you can visit the North London Sailing Association, which is based on a former reservoir, to watch or join in a boat race.
Of course, if the above is a bit much for you, visit the award winning Stoke Newington Bookshop and pick up a bargain read for a quiet time in.
Being one of the more expensive areas in Hackney, the N16 post code can command a slightly higher price than the rest of the borough, but for all that is on offer, it is well worth it.