A vibrant slice of London life.
Stokey, as locals affectionately refer to Stoke Newington, is an area in north-east London. It began as a small village and expanded during the 19th century to accommodate people commuting into the heart of London.
Today it’s a multicultural, vibrant area where ‘greasy spoon’ cafes, green grocers and ‘dirty chicken shops’ rub shoulders with trendy coffee shops, churches and gift shops. And like everywhere in London, pubs are a prominent feature of the landscape, the Coach and Horses being one of the most famous.
Albion Road and Church Street, with their rosy-red brick buildings are go-to highlights. On a sunny day, the colorful shop fronts and street art are enough to energise even the most dour Londoner. There’s a village sense of community that flows in the snatches of conversation, people cycling, strolling and going about their day.
Like a lot of London’s up and coming areas, ‘trendyfication’ is eroding some of the area’s original character and pushing prices upwards. However, Stoke Newington’s sprawl across a diversity of social classes and ethnic communities means there is still enough quirkiness and gritty street life to make this one of London’s more interesting and refreshing destinations.
How to get there? Stoke Newington Overground Rail Station or Arsenal Underground Station.
If Stoke Newington appeals to you, Brick Lane in London’s East End is defintely worth a visit.