London really comes into its own in the summer months, and with a range of facilities offering activities and entertainment to suit all tastes, Stoke Newington is a popular spot for summer fun.
The Best Picnic Spots In Stoke Newington
Clissold Park is one of the most popular parks in the area and has had been awarded a Green Flag annually since 2006. It has extensive picnicking areas and space for football and games, as well as a paddling pool.
Close-by are both Abney Park Cemetery, one of London’s Magnificent Seven garden cemeteries, and Woodberry Wetlands, an 11 hectare reservoir and nature reserve which was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016.
Summer Activities For Adrenaline Junkies
If you want to get active this summer, Stoke Newington hosts a range of facilities and activities to get your blood pumping.
The Castle Climbing Centre offers the chance to explore the thrills and spills of climbing and bouldering with 450 rope and lead routes from 8m to 13m in height, whilst the West Reservoir Centre is a hidden gem in Hackney where you’ll find sailing and kayaking for both kids and adults, including a range of instructor-led courses.
Parkour, which involves moving rapidly through an area, overcoming obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing, is becoming increasingly popular as an urban adrenaline sport. Parkour Generations offer lessons in how to master this most challenging of urban sports in revolving locations around London.
Culture Hotspots In Stoke Newington
Saturday mornings are best spent at the Farmer’s Market at St Paul’s Church buying fresh, delicious organic food from cheeses through to veg, whilst afternoons can be whiled away at the much loved Rio. Built in 1909 and lovingly preserved, it was one of London's very first cinemas and still shows a range of films, from the latest releases to more underground titles.
Stoke Newington’s Old Church is London’s only surviving Elizabethan church and among the first built specifically for Anglican use. It’s still used for worship, but also doubles as a performance venue and is well worth the visit for its spectacular architecture.
And finally, if art is your thing, the Atom Gallery shows contemporary pieces from both new and established artists and printmakers that are all for sale at affordable prices.
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