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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.

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.

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.



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.

The Haberdashery

The Haberdashery

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

Cooper & Wolf

Cooper & Wolf

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

Sutton and Sons

Sutton and Sons

Best fish and chips in Stoke Newington!

Abney Park

Abney Park

Both an arboretum and a cemetery, Abney Park is one of London's 'Magnificent Seven' cemeteries built by the Victorians in the 19th century with beautiful grounds.



Fabulous steak and a vibrant atmosphere - just as good as the sister restaurant in Clerkenwell.

The Good Egg

The Good Egg

All day brunch, local produce, highly recommend the Shakshuka

The Prince

The Prince

Amazing local pub perfect for an after-work drink.

Slab and Tipple

Slab and Tipple

Amazing artisan chocolate and ice cream, even catering for non-dairy. Definitely worth a visit for an indulgent gift.

Ooh Loulou Cakery

Ooh Loulou Cakery

Amazing selection of cakes and sweet treats. Worth trying the Oreo cupcakes.

L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele

L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Sister restaurant of the renowned original in Naples, Only two pizzas to choose from Marinara or a Margherita but wow!

The Spence Bakery

The Spence Bakery

Freshly baked breads and pastries of all different varieties, plus deep-filled rolls and bagels to go.

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"Renowned pioneer of female independence, Hackney born Dorothy Levitt was the holder of both the world water speed record and the ladies land speed record. Her tip for women drivers travelling alone? Carry a revolver!"

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

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Along Stoke Newington Church Street there are some lovely independent businesses, from florists, to coffee shops, to wine bars.

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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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What locals say about Upper Clapton

  1. Great transport links (e.g. Clapton Overground Station straight into Liverpool Street and good bus links into the city or through to Euston), major regeneration work underway, lots of green space, parks and recreational open space within walking distance (e.g. Springfield Park, Millfields, all the Lea, Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes and associated open space linked to parts of Lea Valley Park, you can walk alongside the river to the Olympic site, variety of food shopping, access to local schools and BSX Academy, within walking distance of Stoke Newington restaurants and Hackney Mare Street. Friendly people. An area with all amenities and good access.

  2. We're very close to the lovely Lea Valley walk and Springfield Park, so you can go for long walks and see herons and cattle, plus the horses at the Riding Stables. It's generally a very friendly.area with a lot of creative people, and only 12 minutes from Liverpool Street.

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Child-friendly activities near Upper Clapton

Grasshoppers in the Park

Outreach The session is publicised locally and children are free to come and explore the nursery and participate in any of the activities which take place. These usually include arts and crafts and our very popular music sessions with our two visiting artists; multi instrumentalist Jorge the Music Man and Holly from Tiny Tempo. Website

Stay and Play and toy library.

Stamford Hill Community Centre
A wide range of toys to play with and borrow.

Art Tuition for children and groups

From basic to more advanced drawing skills, we also look at Art History resources for inspiration: Observational drawing, Mark Making, Experimenting, With materials, Painting/Sculpture, Illustration, Seasonal Projects and Your vision! Website

Acting Bugs - Stoke Newington

The Boiler House Community Space,
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

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

HATs! Drama for Early Years

The Boiler House Community Centre,
Sensory movement and storytelling for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents / carers. HATs found its feet in Hackney during 2010 and after a year took intrepid steps to Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea where it has been running ever since! Each session follows a story journey exploring props, costumes and music. It is multi-layered offering babies and children different ways to experience and enjoy the journey. Website

About Upper Clapton

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. One of the most pleasant amenities in Upper Clapton is Springfield Park, running down the hill eastwards to the Lea. The park's sports facilities include five tennis courts, and a cricket pitch while to the north just across Springhill Road in the recreation ground there are rugby fields, more newly resurfaced tennis courts and football pitches. Besides Springfield Park, Upper Clapton is delineated to the west by the long leafy strip of Clapton Common, distinguished by the recently regenerated Clapton Pond (not to be confused with Clapton Ponds, two much smaller ex-reservoirs in Lower Clapton). The pond is a favourite with bird watchers — besides the usual variety of ducks, geese and swans, such shy birds as grebes and other waders may often be seen feeding in the reed beds.

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