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.
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Varied, spacious, good for families and dog owners, and doesn't allow barbecues so is much cleaner than other parks.
My local park. Always good for an impromptu stroll, Clissold is sot as daunting as Finsbury Park but still rocks its own zoo. Top marks.
Our 'go-to' park. We're very lucky to live close to this awesome space.
Firstly, it's huge! Secondly, it's Beautiful! Massive green spaces. Lots of trees. Ponds with Ducks, Geese & Swans; not to mention the lesser spotted Terrapin!? There's a small zoo with Deer, Goats (Bob & Dylan), Chickens, Aviary and Butterfly Dome. Play parks, skate park & tennis courts. There's also a cafe to get coffee and food (though can be a tad on the expensive side).
We've spent many an hour/day in Clissold Park. It's great for everyone! Year round, it's a great place to escape the rigours of the city.
A sought after hot spot for those seeking a much needed break from the never ending sirens and on going honkings of the 76 bus running through the forever trendy Church Street of Stoke Newington, N16.
A vast park land which includes anything and everything from a skate rank to an avery, a free children's lido to a deer sanctuary. A picnic friendly park however BBQ's are a big no no. The beautiful cafe situated smack bang in the middle of Clissy P will however provide you with any hot food cravings you may have.
Open from sunrise to sun down, Clissold Park is a must visit location for those Dads who have no idea what to do with the kids on a Sunday to those who are suffering from severe hangovers.
A true haven to visit in our forever fast moving London Town.
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.