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Mixed architecture bordering bustling Upper and Lower Clapton Road

"I love that there are lots of new businesses opening up along Stoke Newington High Street!"

Chris Ball

"The takeover of the Overground at Hackney Central has been fantastic for the local area - there's proposals for Crossrail 2 at this station too!"

Alexandra Lega

"Watch all the big Hollywood blockbusters and arts films at independent Hackney Picturehouse."

Edward Taylor

What is your favourite place?

Where do Clapton locals go?

Cooper & Wolf

Great for a lazy Sunday coffee and Swedish inspired dishes too.

The Bonneville

Located in Lower Clapton, The Bonneville is a quirky low-lit brasserie with a French-inspired menu and cocktails. Its décor is striking and cocktails speak for themselves. It is a must visit if you are a foody!

Yellow Warbler

Recently in Time Out as one of the best coffee shops of 2015, this family friendly, independent venue also sells South American street food and tasty breakfasts.

The Haberdashery

A beautiful, vintage-style café serving yummy cakes and proper coffee. Great for brunch.

Sodo Pizza Café

Fresh and high-quality food, really friendly staff, great atmosphere and good prices. The sourdough pizza are delicious and they source local beers and seasonal produce.

Sutton and Sons

Best fish and chips in Stoke Newington!

Chesham Arms

A revival of an old local boozer, residents fought hard to prevent this building being turned into flats and won after it was granted to be an 'asset of community value'!

Lee Valley Ice Centre

A fantastic place to hang out with your friends and have a good time ice skating or playing ice hockey. You can also book ice skating lessons for a reasonable price.

Brew for Two at St John's

This delightful café in the garden of St John-at-Hackney Church is great for an al fresco lunch when the weather is kind! Homemade burgers, cakes, sweet & sour crepes and Monmouth coffee!!!


Excellent homemade noodles, ramen and lots more. It's got a well-stocked bar too!

Hackney Fresh

I often pop in to this fruit and veg shop for their fresh produce and a coffee. Very handy!


I always make a quick pit stop at this coffee van on the Narrow Way in the morning.

Hackney Picturehouse

A great cinema that shows a lot of special screenings and q&a sessions, as well as popular Hollywood films.

The Copper Box Arena

As well as an arena for sporting events, you can use the gym facilities too.

Pub on the Park

On the border of London Fields, its a fantastic pub with a big outdoor area and reasonable drink prices too.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Homerton, Hackney, Victoria Park, Leyton, Dalston, Stoke Newington, Bethnal Green, Newington Green, Stratford and Bow

What do you love about Clapton?

Why do you find Clapton a great place to live?

Local resident

"See the Hackney information... open green spaces, walk distance to Olympic park via canal, 2 stops to the Olympic Park and Westfield from Homerton station. Lots of interesting shops and cafes and Sunday market on Chatsworth Rd. The Picture House cinema and The Hackney Empire on Mare Street."

January 2012


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"In 1981, four boys found what they thought were bear prints in the snow on Hackney Marshes. After raising the alarm, the police came to scour the area but no 'beast' was found. To this day, we still do not know if the animal was real or if it was an elaborate hoax."

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Child-friendly activities near Clapton

Stay and Play

Clapton Park Childrens Centre
These session are for parents carers and children, each stay & play targets specific age groups. Come along and have some fun with your children. Learn activities that you can use at home. Watch your child develop and make new friends. Make a My Journey Book to record your child's development. Website

Tulin Dance School of Ballet

The Round Chapel, Hackney
Based in Islington, North London and Hackney, East London Ballet North offers a variety of private and group dance classes including Baby Ballet, Boys Ballet, one on one tuition Classes take place on Tuesday and Sundays Baby Ballet *from 2.5years* (£75 per Term): Tuesdays 3.45 - 4.15pm Under 5s Ballet: Tuesdays 4.15 - 4.45pm (£75 per Term) Preparatory Ballet: Tuesdays 4.45 - 5.30pm (£99 per Term) Primary Ballet: Tuesdays 5.30 - 6.15pm (£99 per Term) Saturdays - The Round Chapel, Hackney E5 0PU - The Church Room Baby Ballet / Under 5s *from 2.5years: Saturdays 1.15 - 1.45pm * (£75 per Term) Preparatory Ballet: Saturdays 1.45 - 2.15pm (£75 per Term) Primary Ballet: Saturdays 2.15 - 3.00pm (£99 per Term) Website

Acting Bugs - Clapton

Clapton Park & Dalston URC
Acting Bugs classes are weekly drama sessions carefully devised so the parent/carer can join in alongside the child. The sessions are themed half termly and incorporate an ongoing story which includes singing, movement, puppets, props and improvisation. Website

Kidzmania indoor playground

this is worth checking out on a rainy day. As well as great facilities, food and drinks are served on site. Website

Knitting Circle

Merry Go Round
Bring along your projects and work on them. Please note that this is not a teaching class, it is a sharing and learning together group Website

Music with Maddy

Salvation Army
Singing, dancing, instruments, puppets and creative fun for children from newborn to 5 years. Cost: £4 Maddy has been unwell so please check on website if classes are running: Website

Tiny Time Music- The Russet

The Russet
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Drop in class £6 per child, £9 for two siblings*. No need to book! Website
  1. About Clapton

    Clapton refers to both Upper Clapton and Lower Calpton in East London. Upper Clapton is a district in the London Borough of Hackney. It is bounded by the Hackney districts of Stamford Hill to the west, Lower Clapton and Lea Bridge to the south and the Haringey district of South Tottenham to the north. To the east is the River Lea (spelt Lea or Lee), on the other side of which is the expanse of the Walthamstow Marshes, part of which is in the Lee Valley Park. Lower Clapton is immediately adjacent to central Hackney - bounded, roughly, by the western side of Hackney Downs (to the west), the Lea Valley (to the east), Clifden Road (to the south) and the Lea Bridge Road (to the north). Lower Clapton is centred on Lower Clapton Road, to the north of which is Clapton Ponds, the remnant of the old village green.

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