If Hackney is London’s equivalent of Brooklyn, and Dalston is the equivalent of Williamsburg, then that must make Clapton…
Well, wherever it is you go after Williamsburg…! Clapton is the latest part of east London to experience the influx of hipster types, refurbed pubs, new cafés, pizza places and thrift stores. But all just slowly enough for people to still feel like they’re hanging out somewhere a bit off the beaten track.
Of course I’ve enjoyed the changing neighbourhood – I’m a dyed-in-the-wool urban junkie. But I also love that we live near a canal filled with house boats and a huge open marsh that gives you headspace from the pulsing city. And I’ve been meaning to blog about it for a while now – so when the lovely Karena from Free People mentioned their asking UK bloggers to tell them a little a bit about their local area, it seemed the perfect opportunity. (See my recent styling up of Free People’s minimal lace-ups here.)
To give you a flavour of the neighbourhood here’s my favourite coffee shop, homeware store – both on Chatsworth Road, home to the much-loved – and canal walk.
With a Scandinavian-influenced menu (Swedish meatballs & beetroot salad on sourdough and freshly made cinnamon buns), huge windows looking onto the park, knick knacks and books, babychinos and free bananas for kids, this is easily my favourite and somewhere I’m guaranteed to bump into a pal. I love the mix of new mums and their babes, people tapping away on laptops and girls in intense one-on-one discussions.
Heaven to browse and I’ve had my eye on one of the little wickerwork chairs out the front for a while now. This has an amazing selection of ceramics (one of the owners is a ceramist), recycled wool blankets, handmade leather coin purses and key tassels, vintage ashtrays and toys and more. Only open at weekends for the moment, keep an eye out for weekday evening openings.
The River Lea runs through the Hackney marshes and a walk by the canal, full of multi-coloured house boats, is one of the best things about living in this neck of the woods. It never gets as busy as London Fields, Primrose Hill or Hampstead Heath, has the advantage of a huge open green space full of flowers and offers quite a few different walks – stay by the river, head off to explore the filter beds, get as close as you can to the Olympic Park or stop at one of the riverside pubs. I never get bored of this.What is the meaning of bootylicious? How to increase water pressure in house? What is narcan? splunk tell helper where to log How to remove sharpie from skin? What does hy mean on instagram? What does serenade mean? How to set chrome as default browser? What does resetting your iphone do? How to practice ski tricks? why web helper audio volume mixer How to take a screenshot on windows 11? What to put on cracked finger tips? How to boil corn? How to do a screenshot on a mac? 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