A Guide to: Stoke Newington
Stoke Newington is one of north London’s villages, located in the London Borough of Hackney, and is where you can find LHA Newington Court. N16 has been trendy for the last decade, but back in the 17th century it was little more than countryside. Now, residents of Stoke Newington are overwhelmed with choice, having the best of all worlds – with quiet, leafy neighbourhoods, a vibrant high street and excellent transport links into the rest of the city.
How to get to Stoke Newington
Stoke Newington has no Underground station, but you have plenty of Overground stations including Cannonbury, Stoke Newington and Rectory Road. Trains to Liverpool Street take 13-19 minutes from Stoke Newington, and a few minutes less from Rectory Road. If you prefer the bus (and who wouldn’t at £1.50 a journey!), some popular bus routes include the 73 to Oxford Circus via Islington and Euston, the 149 to London Bridge via Shoreditch and Liverpool Street, the 243 to Waterloo via Clerkenwell Green and the No 476 to Euston via Islington.
Universities and Colleges near Stoke Newington
London Metropolitan University has two buildings which are just a 25-minute walk from Newington Court. The Archway campus of Central Saint Martins is also a short bus ride, or a couple of stops on the Overground. For those of you studying Accounting or other Finance-related qualifications, Kaplan has a site in Islington which is also just 30 minutes away. Anyone who is a rising star will also be happy to know that there are a plethora of drama schools and institutes in the local area… just remember us when you’re famous!
What to do in Stoke Newington
The main roads are Stoke Newington Church Street, which is the area’s central string of local shops, and Stoke Newington High Street, which marks the eastern edge of the region. You also won’t be far from many great parks, with Clissold Park just opposite Newington Court, with Finsbury Park not too far away, and Hampstead Heath a short journey on the Overground.
The high street is home to the Growing Communities Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday from 10am – 2.30pm. It’s the only UK farmers market where all the farmers are either organic or biodynamic. Not only do you get delicious food but you’re also supporting small, sustainable farms almost all from within 60 miles of London.
Stoke Newington is also a great place for fitness buffs. Take a trip to the premier water sports centre at the West Reservoir Centre. Canoeing, kayaking and sailing are the major draws here, but hardy souls can indulge in a bit of open-water swimming come summertime.
More Yoga is a great studio with a timetable that accommodates yogis of all levels, and the Castle Climbing Centre is a great place for rock-hoppers. Located in a former Victorian water pumping station, it also has a health-conscious café on site that makes this centre a standout venue.
Where to eat in Stoke Newington
You won’t have to journey far without caffeine in Stoke Newington. Try the popular Ester’s Coffee, or Fingers Crossed, the New Zealand-run cafe that has an egg-stensive poached and baked egg menu. Hipsters flock to L’atelier Dalston for a coffee fix and some chat from the cheeky staff. The Yellow Warbler serves great coffee, but also a refreshingly different South American-inspired brunch with sweetcorn fritters on the menu.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is the famous Naples pizzeria regarded as the world’s best. Only two pizzas – margarita and marinara – are on offer, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to queue, but the result is worth the effort. Stokey Bears is also a fantastic local burger place that’s proved so successful on Stoke Newington High Street that it’s now opening new spots around London.
This is all just the tip of the iceberg – staying in Newington Court, you are guaranteed to always find something fun to do or a new place to explore. And don’t forget we also have twelve other long-term hostels around London, so if you fancy staying somewhere else in London, you’re bound to find something to suit your needs.