DriveNow has teamed up with LDNfashion, one of the UK’s most popular online fashion magazines, to bring you a series of neighbourhood guides to areas within the DriveNow Zone. Next up is Stoke Newington.
Church Street and the High Street are the two main streets running through the heart of this laid-back, independent part of North London. So take a DriveNow and start exploring – it’s the convenient and stress-free way to rediscover the city you love - just find it, drive it and drop it. The Blue Legume Start your day off with a proper breakfast on Stoke Newington’s main thoroughfare, Church Street. This is one of four locations, all in London, for The Blue Legume and it’s easy to see why it’s grown. Dedicated to sourcing local, seasonal and organic ingredients, their delicious breakfast menu includes eggs benedict, omelettes, scotch pancakes, English breakfast, and churros.
101 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0UD
Abney Park Cemetery
If you’re craving a taste of the countryside, don’t be put off by the fact that Abney Park is a cemetery. It’s one of the ‘magnificent seven’ garden cemeteries in London and boasts beautiful wildlife and a number of listed graves of prominent people including the founder of The Salvation Army, a menagerist who introduced African and Asian animals to the Victorian public and the first police officer shot and killed on duty.
Abney Park, Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LH
Zip back to Church Street in your DriveNow car for a spot of shopping. Hub is a family run business that sells some of our favourite brands including YMC, Lee, EastPak and Dr Martens at their womenswear and menswear boutiques which sit just over the road from each other.
Womenswear boutique: 49 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AR
Menswear boutique: 88 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AP
Stoke Newington’s residents love their pre-loved wares too. Cobbled Yard is one of the top spots to pick up antiques in their repurposed Victorian stable block. Stacked with curiosities, new stock arrives each week so you’ll definitely want to come back again. They have a top reputation with set designers for TV and film, as well as fashion directors looking for kooky photoshoot props, and of course, locals looking to deck out their homes with something unique.
1 Bouverie Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0AH
Ready for some culture? Park your DriveNow around the corner by Hang-Up Gallery and pop in to discover the next big thing in the art world. They’ve helped launch the careers of some of London’s hottest talent and are also widely recognised for being a leading dealer in Banksy pieces.
81 Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 8AD
The Jolly Butcher
You should just have time for a quick pint before dinner, any excuse to check out one the area’s best loved pubs The Jolly Butcher. Connoisseurs in proper ale, cider and craft beer, and nominated by CAMRA after only one year in business, ask the bar staff for a recommendation, sit back, and relax.
204 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, London N16 7HU
Cirrik 19 Numara Bos
There’s a large Turkish population in Stoke Newington which makes it one of the best places to go for authentic Turkish food. Ditch your preconceptions of greasy kebabs and have dinner at Cirrik 19 Numara Bos, a family run joint who barbecue succulent meat and lay on plenty for vegetarians too.
34 Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 7XJ
And if you want to finish your day off with some cocktails, just drop your DriveNow in the nearest residents' bay or pay and display bay and head over to one of these two places…
If you love Happiness Forgets in Hoxton, you’ll love Original Sin in Stoke Newington, brought to you by the same people. This swish after-hours joint mixes a mean cocktail with some exciting and original offerings. Sip on drinks over a game of pool while you let dinner digest.
129 Stoke Newington High St, Stoke Newington, N16 0PH
We told you Stoke Newington loves their vintage and that applies to the decadent Art Deco-style Fontaine’s bar too. Party like it’s the prohibition with cabaret entertainment and classic cocktails for fun, hedonistic vibes to see you through the rest of the night.
176 Stoke Newington Road, Stoke Newington, London, N16 7UY
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