Clissold Park

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Clissold Park

When the sun peeps out in Stoke Newington, you won't catch locals diving into their hatchbacks and racing to the coast. Stroll down Church Street towards Green Lanes and you'll see them sprawled in Clissold Park, with Wayfarers or children clinging to their faces. Its compact 54 acres allow ample space for hipsters to hang out undisturbed, but it's big enough to get lost in. Clear-cut paths lead to Clissold's seven gates. Cyclists and joggers can also use the bark-strewn athletics track that circles the park. The park has a cute mini-zoo nestled in its centre, with rabbits, chickens, goats and deer. The butterfly tunnel and aviary next door aren't open as often as you'd like, but when they are, they're worth a look. For light refreshments, head to Clissold House's café, which serves fairly priced nibbles from paninis to Sunday roasts. Clissold Park opened a new wheels park, all-weather table tennis table and basketball area early in 2011 – the surrounding landscaped hillocks making a great viewing platform from where families crowd around to watch the stunts on sunny days. The new adventure playground was still a work in progress at the time of writing, but it looks exciting from the perimeter fence, with a vast sandpit sporting a shipwreck in its midst, a zip wire and a wide variety of climbing structures. From what we could see, there were only two toddler swings, which might cause some arguments.

Venue name: Clissold Park
Address: Stoke Newington Church St
N16 9HJ
Transport: Tube: Dalston Junction Overground; Rail: Stoke Newington
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Deer, an aviary and goats. What more could you want from a London park? Not to mention the fact that all three are free to spectate...

Clissold Park is a huge green open space in between Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington. Fantastic for dog walking, an afternoon out for little ones or just some fresh air to make you feel a teeny bit less guilty about your Sunday hangover!

Rosie T
Staff Writer

This is one of my favourite parks in London. I used to live very close to hear and have a lot of great memories. the park offers a paddling pool for children, a mini zoo (kind of), a play area for toddlers, cafe's and so much more. There is so much green whereby you can enjoy picnics, some sport in the form of football, rounders and more. Or if you just fancy a walk through a lovely park, this is the one.

Chlo Fo

Clissold Park is a hidden gem. A short walk from the hubbub of Stoke Newington, this park is one of my favourite haunts for a lazy Sunday jaunt. With the grand house at the centre, you could be tricked into thinking you've stepped onto the set of a Jane Austen film, albeit it a council-funded one. Peppered with cultural history that still resonates with the liberal views of East Londoners today, take a peek in the cafe in the house and read about its rich history. At the heart of the park is a token mini-farm, with two goats that look like they've been on steroids, bambi-style deer, a few naff chickens and a butterfly house that's disappointingly never open. The play park looks epic, a great place to entertain your sprogs or discover your inner child. And after all the fun and games, you can wander into the lovely Stokey to grab a pint at the Rose and Crown - well worth a visit.

Roman Tagoe

Pop into the main house for a coffee. An unexpected treat is the small zoo in the middle of the park if you're taking the kids.