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15 reasons to go to Stoke Newington Church Street, N16
Apart from having what’s probably the second longest street name in London, the best thing about Stoke Newington Church Street is its lack of tube and rail stations. That has helped it dodge the breakneck development seen down in Dalston, Shoreditch and elsewhere in the Hackney borough. Yes, it’s hip – but in the sense of people opening up decent local shops, bars and restaurants, cycling everywhere and keeping one eye fixed firmly on sustainability. That doesn’t just mean locally baked bread: there’s a cautiousness about the place, as if everyone is nervously awaiting the announcement of a fifty-storey glass box called Stoke Newington One or Delta Point N16. You get the impression that if anything too wanky opened up, the locals would be out on the street, pitchforks in hand. There’s a reason that people (actual people, not estate agents) call this place a ‘village’. That dialled-down, community-minded cool is nowhere more snugly embedded than in Church Street. There’s a handful of unpretentious yet sophisticated watering holes and cafés, a melting pot of non-chainy global cuisines, and the kind of parade your nan would love: baker, butcher, bookshop, pub. With glass balconies encroaching from all sides, Church Street may end up as the last bastion of independent Hackney. Get down there before the developers do. Eat this A photo posted by Mol Vaughan (@mol.vaughan) on Jan 7, 2017 at 3:30pm PST Alaska maki or incredible fried aubergine from Fuji, a cosy litt
15 reasons to go to Stoke Newington High Street, N16
Connecting Dalston’s hipster heartlands with the quirky boutiques and cafés of Church Street, there’s loads to shout about in this laidback little corner of town. This is where the pop-up-ravaged, vintage-slathered streets of fashionable east London meet the affluent, family-friendly suburbs of the north. It’s also a place where Turkish, West Indian and Jewish communities have lived, merged and flourished for decades. And it’s where London’s wide-eyed radicals, free thinkers and anarchists famously once congregated in squats to plan their ill-fated revolutions. Stir all this together and you’re left with one of the most vibrant, diverse and multicultural bits of the capital, with great independent places to eat, drink, shop and potter about for each and every one of its varied inhabitants and visitors. Gentrification has made its inevitable mark here in recent years. However, unlike nearby Church Street – where trainer-wearing cool dads shunt designer pushchairs past ethical wooden toy shops on their way to spend £5 on an artisan loaf in Whole Foods; or equally close Kingsland Road, where the hipster apocalypse is surely nigh – there’s something reassuringly real about a London high street that has a Sports Direct, a Wetherspoon’s and a Savers… As long as there’s also somewhere to get a Negroni at 1am, of course. Drink this A photo posted by Jane Ryan (@janecryan) on Sep 20, 2015 at 9:08am PDT Diamond Manhattans and other expertly concocted cocktails from O
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Premier Inn London Hackney
Located opposite Dalston Junction Train Station, Premier Inn London Hackney provides en suite rooms with a bar and restaurant. This London hotel has a 24-hour front desk, and WiFi access is available.Each room is air-conditioned and has en suite bathroom facilities. There is a flat-screen TV, hairdryer, desk and tea and coffee facilities in all rooms.Premier Inn guests can enjoy a range of hot and cold breakfast options, including bacon, sausages, eggs and hash browns. The menu also includes croissants, fresh fruit, cereals and yoghurts, plus fruit juice, tea and coffee.Less than 5 miles from central London, Premier Inn London Hackney is around 5 minutes’ drive from Shoreditch and is just off the A10 leading to Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath are around 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
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Well Street Kitchen
A highly loved local café-deli that adds oodles of charm to the market street it resides in. The modest space contains a few chess-board-chequered tables to sit at and opens for breakfast and lunch daily, with weekend dinner openings throughout summer. As well as a cuppa and a croissant, visitors can sit down to a full English, breakfast baps, hearty brunches, soups, sandwiches and a few more adventurous specials. They also host the odd supper club here and there's always an exhibition by independent artists brightening up the walls.
Venue says: “Well Street Kitchen is now open for dinner every Friday and Saturday night starting from May 26 and 27. Book on our website!”