Popular with young professionals and creatives looking to upgrade and plant roots, but not completely leave the party scene, Stoke Newington’s village-like residential area with indie shops, hip global eateries, chic cafes, and bars on Stoke Newington Church Street, backed up by plenty of open green space, ticks all the right boxes. Nicknamed “Stokey” by locals, the North London suburb of Stoke Newington is the older, more sophisticated brother of Shoreditch and Dalston, both just minutes down the road. What sets it apart from the more night-life focused parts of Hackney is that it favours community above all else. Testament to that are the small independent shops, good state primary schools, the much-loved Clissold Park, and the only solely organic farmers’ market in the country, set in the grounds of St Paul’s Church in Stoke Newington High Street.
Local architecture in Stoke Newington, which includes Stamford Hill and the reservoirs, is mainly Victorian, with streets of terrace houses of varying size and styles. Many of these period properties have been split into flats, of which there are four times as many for sale in the area as there are houses. Buyers and renters are therefore warned that space comes at a premium in this sought-after N16 postcode.
If you're a fan of Angel's Upper Street, then Church Street in Stoke Newington is more of the same, but without the high street chains. Heavily populated by independent stores, there’s unpretentious and welcoming pubs and cafés, restaurants offering a melting pot of global cuisines, and a parade of shops that harks back to a more wholesome time, picture local baker, butchers and bookshop.
Stoke Newington has no Underground Station. The nearest tube service Arsenal Station, in Zone 2, just 20 minutes away in nearby Highbury.
Stoke Newington and Rectory Road Overground Stations are on the Lea Valley lines, both in Zone 2. Trains to Liverpool Street take 13-19 minutes from Stoke Newington; a few minutes less from Rectory Road.
Stoke Newington is served by London Buses routes: 67, 73, 76, 106, 149, 243 and 476.
Tawhid Boys School, Tawhid Educational Trust William Patten Primary School The Olive School Hackney Beis Malka Girls' School
Tawhid Boys School, Tawhid Educational Trust Beis Malka Girls' School Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form
Did you know?
Barbara Windsor, actress in EastEnders and the Carry On films, grew up in Stoke Newington living in Yoakley Road and Bouverie Road.