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The Bonneville

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!

Sodo Pizza Café

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.

Cooper & Wolf

Cooper & Wolf

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

Yellow Warbler

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.

Zona

Zona

Amazing all day brunch menu, really good value, great service and family friendly. Highly recommend the salt beef with eggs benedict or the open-top Reuben.

Sutton and Sons

Sutton and Sons

Best fish and chips in Stoke Newington!

The Haberdashery

The Haberdashery

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

The Chesham Arms

The Chesham Arms

Enjoy a pint while sitting round the toasty fire - this pub was saved from development by the local community, making it a lovely local place for food and drinks.

Chesham Arms

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

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.

Hackney Walk

Hackney Walk

The upcoming home for fashion designers. Hackney Walk is a fashion district located within East London. It is a new ultimate luxury shopping experience that consists of many major and luxury designer brands. Hackney Walk is a trendy hub for great urban food, leisure and community activities. It is amazing, as Hackney is such a diverse and energetic area in London!

Brew for Two at St John's

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!!!

Tonkotsu

Tonkotsu

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

Hackney Fresh

Hackney Fresh

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

COFFEE8

COFFEE8

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

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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

"Following the devastation of The Blitz, rubble was dumped beneath Hackney Marshes, which allowed the bogs to drain. This encouraged grass to grow and become the picturesque spot it is today."

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

Chris Ball

Hackney Walk is the ultimate luxury shopping experience in East London.

Michal Bocian

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!

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  1. 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.

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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

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

Singing Lessons with Melissa D'Arcy


My main concern is creating an environment where your child enjoys learning to sing by exploring their voice as an instrument and learning to play with it. In my lessons we will explore such things as rhythm, tone, pitch and language via a multitude of methods including clapping games, singing exercises and some basic movement. Website

Diddy Bugs - Stoke Newington

The Boiler House Community Space,
Diddy Bugs classes are sensory based sessions which use a variety of props and puppets, music, singing and movement to help bring new worlds and environments to life. Young toddlers will learn all about the world around them and will have lots of fun experimenting with sound, texture and visual treats along with the help of their grown up. Website

Kumon Study

Stoke Newington Study Centre,
Kumon's long-term focus provides children with the self-assurance and the transferable self-learning skills. Website

Baby Sensory classes

The Old Fire Station,
Baby Sensory's award winning baby development classes are now running in your area. You and your baby will experience different sensory activities designed to support your baby's sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Website

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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