25 March 2015

London wanderings: Stoke Newington

On Sunday, my cousin and I ventured to North-East London to visit our uncle, and were treated to the delights of Church Street in Stoke Newington.

Stoke Newington is another one of those "up-and-coming" towns in London. It's close enough to Shoreditch to be benefitting from gentrification (oop, controversial?) but still has that community, small-town feel. Church Street in particular is oh-so pretty; full of bakeries, delis, fruit stalls and coffee shops - not to mention cute (and expensive) boutiques, full of Instagram-worthy tit-bits.

Although it was an overcast day (why does this always happen to me when I bring out my camera?) it was brightened up by bunches of beautifully arranged flowers. The air was crisp, and there was a promise of a coffee pit-stop: the perfect recipe for a leisurely Sunday stroll.

Our first stop was Whole Foods, where my uncle got a loaf of bread (as you do), and my cousin and I were intrigued by the various vegan/dairy-free/ethical (you name it!) chocolate offerings. We settled on some bars from brand Seed and Bean - 100% organic and ethical, so essentially guilt-free... Right?  She opted for Raspberry and Coconut, and I went for Lemon and Cardamom. Not that I'm biased, but I have to say that mine was that little bit tastier.

I've checked out their website (all in the name of research, you understand), and all of the flavours sound absolutely wonderful... Okay, they aren't the cheapest things to satisfy your sweet craving (£2.49 for a slab, and 99p for a bar) but I recommend them whole-heartedly for a treat. 

My uncle introduced us to Clissold Wines a little further down the road. The thing about this wine shop was that it was no normal wine shop. Rather than admiring the wines on offer, which I'd usually do, my attention was wholly focused on the Persian cats roaming freely around the shop. Yep, it's a wine shop with cats. At that moment, life was good. Both cats were absolute beauties and so friendly, but we soon realised we were a) blocking the door and b) weren't buying any wine, so it was with regret that we said our farewells... 

We wandered down the road and came across a few flower shops - one was called Evergreen and Outrageous (brilliant name) and another was called The Green Room Cafe. A flower shop which had a cafe in the back?! I basically dragged my family in, and we had the obligatory cake and tea combo to fuel us for the rest of the er, journey.

The Victoria sponge cake was just as tasty as it looks!
 How pretty are these cacti?!

After that, we pretty much mooched around, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the various shops and numerous bakeries, full of pretty things and out of my (non-existant, because I'm living on intern wage, i.e. zero) budget. We finished the walk at pretty-as-picture St Mary's Church, and admired the blossoms and flowers in Clissold Park.

There's no doubt I'll be back to Stoke Newington (or as its residents call it, Stokey). I'll always have the excuse of family living close by, and there are a load of covetable brunch spots I'm itching to try and plenty of attractive flower arrangements to make me smile time and time again.



  1. I love Stoke Newington and all of your flower photos are B-E-A-U-tiful!

  2. Sofie-Eliza Price25 March 2015 at 10:11

    Isn't it so beaut? I ended up on rightmove looking for properties in the area that night and felt very sorry for myself ;) thank you so much!


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