Stoke Newington is a community, a true community within London that has the right mix of wood panelled pubs to new wine bars and local greasy spoons to minimalist cafes.
Situated north of Shoreditch between Dalston and Stamford Hill - arguably N16 but a sensitive issue - accessing the melting pot of new unpretentious, yet sophisticated brands is easy. With a trio of tube stops, Dalston Kingsland, Rectory Road and Stoke Newington and numerous bus routes passing through, there can be no excuse not to visit.
The food scene is Stoke Newington, which is still largely under the radar, is unique. The Black Pig with White Pearls offers authentic, yet slightly unconventional, Spanish tapas with a complimentary wine list that will spoil those who dine there. L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele from Naples is a recent addition which was awarded the title of the world’s best pizza joint, something that people travel from far and wide to sample. Whilst in contrast The Bagel House, which like those in Shoreditch is open 24 hours, offers comforting food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and 3am!)
Eating all day, although ideal, isn’t practical and Stoke Newington has a social scene to rival any East London district. The Waiting Rooms situated above the casual local pub The Three Crowns, offers a great alternative with an intimate venue with a roster of gigs playing most evenings, past appearances have included Tom Misch, concluding with late night DJs.
Some of the quintessential London pubs in Stoke Newington including the Jolly Butcher, The Red Lion, Ryans N16, Auld Shillelagh, and Original Sin - the guys behind Happiness Forgets in Hoxton and where many a late night has been spent - all have something to offer, be it free pool, Guinness bought to your table, or a vast selection of craft beers to experience.
Church Street feels more like a trendy part of West London with a thriving hub of design led kitchenware shops and cafes, and not a chain coffee shop in sight! Whether you want to bring the outside into your living room with flowers from Botanique or Evergreen and Outrageous or update your kitchen gadgetry from Prep or Nook, shopping in Stoke Newington will be able to cater.
While there is a plethora of independent brands and stores, there are a few long-standing chain stores including Whole Foods and Franco Manca that testify this is a community that welcomes all brands. As long as they’re decent.