As the creatives move further east, so places like Clapton become increasingly popular. And Clapton's quite the place these days, with loads of independent bars, boozers and restaurants keeping its new locals very well watered and fed. If the natural regeneration of areas like this is anything to go by, Shoreditch losing its lustre long ago was clearly no bad thing. After all, you can always rely on the cool kids of London town to find the next best thing.
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15 reasons to go to Chatsworth Road, E5
Chatsworth road smells amazing. Thanks to the fresh bread, exotic flowers, food stalls and reassuringly expensive scented candles all over the place, the whole thoroughfare is an olfactory marvel. It’s a feast for the eyes and tastebuds too. A long residential strip running through Homerton, Chatsworth Road is both a functional, neighbourhood high street and a genuinely great destination full of independent shops, excellent eateries and good-looking people. Originally intended to cater for life’s practicalities, it was one of the first planned high streets in London. Some sparky Victorians turned fields near a growing suburb into a pathway of amenities for the locals, including a butcher, some greengrocers and a loo (which still stands today as Hackney’s only free unisex public toilet). But hey, times change, gentrification happens, and now there’s a dog-grooming parlour. But there’s also a string of nice cafés, a friendly family crowd and a weekly food market that’s much better than the nearby tourist trap of Broadway Market. So whether you’re a Hackney local or a Chatsworth newbie, here’s where to find a great butcher, some wonderful bakers and a whole gang of scented-candlestickmakers. Eat this A photo posted by MAX CHATER LTD (@maxchater) on Mar 3, 2016 at 6:42am PST Mountains of Mediterranean food at Pivaz where the portions are as big as the Greek deficit. It’s the perfect place for a boisterous weekend brunch or a romantic evening meal. Anything
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Chatsworth Road Market
Clapton’s Chatsworth Road sure is old. In the ’30s it had up to 200 stalls peddling their wares up to five days a week. After the war the market dwindled and finally petered out in 1990 leaving Chatsworth Road slightly bereft. In November 2010, a band of locals and traders aimed to bring back the bustle and campaigned to get the market back on its feet. After two successful test runs, Chatsworth returned regularly with more than 40 stalls selling gourmet foods, vintage bric-a-brac, crafts, cakes and preserves, clothing, jewellery – and more than its fair share of hipsters. You’ll recognise a handful of traders from Broadway Market, but there's also plenty of fresh produce available at the Sunday Morning Market – a few steps away at Rushmore Primary School (www.sundaymorningmarket.blogspot.com) – where you'll find fruit and veg, posh breads, homemade cakes and more bric-a-brac.
If Springfield Park were anywhere but this slightly forlorn corner of Clapton it would be overrun with joggers, revellers and pram-toting parents; instead, it's so little-known it's like a private garden for locals. Further north than its more famous East End siblings Clissold and Victoria, Springfield Park is a way to leave London for a few hours without the bother of actually travelling. The lack of tube connections is almost a bonus. A scenic wander or cycle along the Lea River towpath is a bucolic way to get there. Beautiful views across the River Lea and the Walthamstow Marshes were an ideal canvas for veteran Victorian park designer and chief officer of parks JJ Sexby, who also designed Brockwell Park. One of the elegant original houses, White Lodge Mansion, survives; it's now the Spark Café and rangers' office.