Stoke Newington Church Street is a colourful road in the north London borough of Hackney. Stoke Newington Church Street retains a relaxed neighbourhood feel, with many restaurants, pubs and independent boutique shops lining the street. I stole a quiet day in London to explore Stoke Newington Church Street, take an autumn walk in the park and finally meet our fabulous writer Pigalle in person! Here are a few joyous ways to spend a day on Church Street: Turning onto Church Street off the bustling Stoke Newington High-street offered a light relief, escaping the busy bus route and chaos of the main road. The neighbourhood is relatively quiet for London, dog walkers and yummy-mummies stroll along peacefully popping in and out of the shops and cafes.
Lunch at Blue Legume Cafe Restaurant + Juice Bar: I never cease feeling inextricably privileged knowing The Fabulous Times attracts such beautiful people into my life, not least our darling Pigalle. Pigalle first got in touch with me almost a year ago now and has continued to share her travel tales and adventures from across the globe including Sri Lanka, Australia, San Diego not to mention our very first fabulous vlog from Hamburg! We’d arranged to meet on Church Street and bumped into each other as we’d coincidently both headed to the same thrift shop! We made our way to the Blue Legume for a coffee and catch up. I scoffed down my favourite Eggs Benedict whilst relaying a million stories, we chatted for hours, I’m certain we could’ve talked well into the night! Following our inspiring chat I headed off to explore Church Street.Abney Park: Abney Park Cemetery, set up as a non-conformist cemetery in 1840 is now run as a nature reserve, has an entrance on the just next to the fire station on Church Street. The fire station built on the site of Fleetwood House was originally Newington Academy for Girls, an innovative Quaker girls’ school, ran from 1824. It commissioned the world’s first school bus!! which ran from Church Street to Gracechurch Street meeting house in the City, taking the pupils to worship. Abney Park is peaceful and luscious with greenery, the headstones tower over the meandering pathways, set against the colourful autumn leaves the park provides the perfect place to walk, think and enjoy a moment of calm.Vintage shopping: Dotted between the florists, cafes and boutiques are several vintage shops including Dirty Blonde and Ribbons Taylor. Dirty Blonde offered a selection of reasonably priced vintage from 60’s-80’s with dresses priced from £10- upwards. Ribbon Taylor boasted a variety of designer vintage with dresses starting at around £35- upwards. These are just two of the vintage shops I browsed, you’ll also find a number of great homeware stores along the street.Clissold Park: Clissold Park marks one end of Church Street.The impressive mid-Victorian Saint Mary’s New Church with its 250-foot steeple overlooks the park, as I walked I spied a couple getting their wedding pictures taken in front of the picturesque Church. Inside the park was a cafe offering baby yoga classes, outside were children’s playgrounds, sports fields, a bowling green, tennis courts, and terrapins in the lake.
If you’re visiting London or find yourself with a few hours to spare Stoke Newington Church Street is the ideal destination for quiet walks, a breath of fresh air, some vintage shopping, a coffee and catch up or all of the above! Thank you to Pigalle for believing and sharing in my fabulous vision, the future is fabulous!
‘Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom’- Marcel Proust