We actually lived on the edge of Clissold Park in north west Stoke Newington in the 1980s for a while and it was amazing to see how the area has evolved. Church Street was rather run down and faded back in those days – now it is a vibrant neighbourhood with trendy shops offering clothing, arts and crafts, food outlets selling groceries, provisions, fruits and vegetables plus plenty of cafes and watering holes. There are a couple of churches, both apparently called St Mary’s, which give the main thoroughfare its name.
It was a glorious warm May day perfect for wandering through the 55 acres of green open space that make up Clissold Park. You get a feel of the country area this would have been a couple of hundred years or so ago before the villages got swallowed up by the metropolis.
Near Clissold Park, we found our old flat in Queen Elizabeth’s Walk. It appeared totally unchanged in the 30 years or so since we last lived there (our flat was on the 1st floor). I think some renovations might be in order but it still retains its charm in an area increasingly taken over by some rather drab apartment blocks.
On our last morning in London, Mlle took us to one of her favourite breakfast and lunch spots, the Green Room in Church Street.
With a lovely outdoor courtyard at the back, it is both a cafe and a nursery. If I lived locally I would certainly be buying some of the pretty seedlings, gorgeous flowers and colourful pots that were available in the nursery section. The Green Room was the perfect spot for brunch before alas we had to head out to Heathrow Airport for the long flight back home “Down Under”.
Our Airbnb apartment overlooking the Regent’s Canal had been an ideal base for our few days stay in the capital. We really enjoy getting to know less well-known parts of the places we visit and it always helps to have a local guide – thanks Mlle! (see here and here for the other posts in this series).
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