Clissold Park

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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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One of my favourite parks in London. It's not huge, but it is really pretty, with lots of different parts to it - big open grass areas where you can picnic, a coffee shop, and some animal enclosures. This is a beautiful place to go for a run or a walk on the weekend, followed by a tasty brunch or lunch at one of Stoke Newington Church Street's many classy eateries. This is a beautiful part of London!


I came across this park as it was the venue for Friends Fest recently. And I'm so happy it was! I had never heard of it before this and was pleasantly surprised! The park has a beautiful open green space, perfect for picnics or games, or just a lovely walk around. There's also a mini zoo in the middle, with a few chickens, goats, deer and birds. Great place for a day out with little kids, there's also a small paddling pool to the keep little ones occupied in summer. It's about a ten minute walk from stoke newington overground station and theres plenty of yummy places to eat nearby. Enjoy a fun activity filled or chilled out day at the park! 


I am very lucky and proud  to call this my local park. On a sunny day this park is always busy. This park has something to offer everyone. For kids there is a great playground and small shallow pool (only down side was on Bank Holiday Monday this was not open until after 12 as is normally closed on Mondays), there is also a few animals in the park. There is also plenty of open space to play a game of football or sun bath and some Tennis courts. This park is located close to Stoke Newington Church Street with a number of cafes and restaurants on offer. 


Stoke Newington is an interesting area in London. Without any tube or underground stop, it is quite a hard place to reach, unless you take a bus or you just do like all the locals, ride a bike. With this in mind, it is unlikely to be overcrowded with tourists. The park in Stoke Newington is just designed for locals. For the family, there is an amazing playground and cute animals, huge goats, ducks and deers. For the sporty type, you can play tennis, football, baseball, run, skate on the cool skatepark or even play ping pong. And if you just want to relax, you can have a coffee and a slice of cake in the beautiful white building at the center of the park. Only drawback, you cannot do barbecues, only picnic. I guess that for this purpose you should walk to Highbury Fields.


One of my favourite parks in London! Perfect picnic spots with a cute little cafe in the middle. it even has a small pets corner with deer! Can you really get any better than that!


There is so much to do in this park and we often feel so lucky to live close to it. We jog on the trails in the mornings (a nice 2 mile loop), we dog-watch as many will run around off the leash (pure joy), we picnic on sunny days and if we have kids visiting, we would take them on the zipline and other fun spinning contraptions. There are deers and other zoo animals, and in the warmers seasons there are different festivals happening there every weekend.


I am a bit bias being a local, but this park is the heart of Stoke newington, it always brings a smile to my face whether it's a blustery day or a scorcher. It brings so much pleasure to all ages and groups in the community. From the mini farm with deers, the pretty ponds, open spaces, skate park, Manor House cafe at the centre, adventure playground, tennis courts and paddling pool, it's well maintained and there's something for everyone!


Clean and spacious park - great for chilling and people watching. The Clissold House building is lovely and there are tennis courts for the active. Occasionally there are street food and market events held on the weekends.

Varied, spacious, good for families and dog owners, and doesn't allow barbecues so is much cleaner than other parks.

This beautiful green oasis is 5 minutes from my home. My dog thinks it's her back yard

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.


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!

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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.


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.


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.