Anywhere with its own Sunday market is definitely worth a visit for a culture vulture, but factor in the plenitude of pubs and restaurants in Clapton and there are few better places to get a real sense of everyday London.
Complete with high ceilings, a beer garden and a woody vintage vibe, the Clapton Hart is the quintessential watering hole of the hipster age. While the place was refurbished and restored as a public house a few years ago, it’s got a rich history and has served at various points as a hotel, a coaching inn and a nightclub. There are plenty of real ales and craft beers available, while they also offer a decent Sunday roast.
Another place showcasing the endearing sense of community that prevails in Clapton, the Black Cat Café in Clapton’s southern reaches is a vegan workers’ cooperative. In other words, it’s run by local volunteers for the benefit of local folk, with as much focus on sustaining our planet as there is on straining the coffee. Ongoing refurbishments are due to finish in February 2018, so expect the decor to be as fresh as the food.