Sometimes it’s easy to reduce London to the 270 functioning stations on the tube map – but there is so much more of the capital just waiting to be discovered. One spot that’s often overlooked is Stoke Newington Church Street, accessible by bus and rail.
As in any of London’s residential areas, there are plenty of fruit and vegetables on offer…
…including exotic produce from all over the world.
But some greengrocers have been more eccentric with their branding than others – it’s all part of the hipster appeal.
Of course, every hip area needs a good pub. The Red Lion comes complete with fireplaces, a heated beer garden and an upstairs games room.
Something of a bohemian bastion, Stoke Newington Church Street has been spared from the influxes of tourists that descend on the likes of Camden, Brixton and Shoreditch with gusto – probably because it’s not on the tube.
Formerly a flower shop, the Green Room Café cherishes its past and stays true to its roots with glorious floral furnishings.
Nothing screams hipster like a well-stocked bottle shop…
…but there are also plenty of chic places to grab a coffee.
It’s striking to notice newer hip boutiques next to shops that look a little more rough around the edges, a common theme in many London areas undergoing gentrification.
Stop by a second hand store and peruse the music collections – there could be something worthwhile…
…or pick up a cheap read and rehome a book in need.
The Grade II-listed Rose and Crown is more than a pub – it’s an institution. Previously located on the other side of the street, it was rebuilt in its current location in the 1930s.
St. Mary’s Church, built in the gothic style of the 13th century, was designed by famous Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. It replaced a smaller church which had existed across the road from the 16th century, which in turn likely replaced a smaller church that had been around since the end of the 11th century. No prizes for guessing where the road got its name.