Homegirl London’s Guide: Newington Green. I’m often passing through this part of North London on my way to Daltson or dining at one of the eateries. I’ve seen the slow evolution of this part Islington and part Hackney patch transform into a foodie hotspot. As you saunter down Green Lanes, you’ll find a few interesting shops springing up. If you’re looking for things to do in Newington Green or places to eat in Newington Green, my guide to Newington Green will be helpful.
Things to do in Newington Green
Architecture: Stop to admire the architecture in the area. Numbers 52-55, on the west side of the Green, were built in 1658 and are London’s oldest surviving brick terrace with Grade I listed status. The former China Inland Mission building and Unitarian Church both have Grade II listed building status. The Unitarian Church is one of England’s oldest Unitarian churches which was founded in 1708.
The Unitarian Church
Mary Wollstonecraft: Be inspired by the English writer, philosopher and women’s rights advocator (1757-1797). She moved her school for girls to the area in 1784. You will see a stencil by street artist Stewy on the side of the New Unity Church building which appeared on International Women’s Day in 2013. Because Mary was a visitor to the church and you will see a banner outside the premises saying – The Birthplace of Feminism.
Newington Green: Relax in the Green which is surrounded by a road rather like a roundabout. There is a small children’s playground and benches to sit down on. You will also find Lizzie’s Café which is a kiosk serving refreshments including bacon baps and coffee plus cakes. In early July, they host an annual jazz event in the area which is very popular.
Clissold Park: Enjoy the family friendly Clissold Park which is a short walk away. The park features a playground, paddling pool, animal enclosure, ponds and a cafe housed inside a grade II listed building. Read my Clissold Park Review.
New River Path: Walk along the New River Path. You will see signs if you head up Green Lanes towards Clissold Park. This follows the course of the New River from Hertfordshire to Islington. It covers 28 miles in total! Read more about it on Wikipedia.
T & Shop
Shops: There are a couple of shops to browse on Green Lanes. Atom Gallery where you will find contemporary limited edition prints and affordable art, read my Atom Gallery Review. For home accessories and gifts pop into T & Shop. Upstairs is a café and downstairs is the shop, read my T & Shop Review.
Places to Eat in Newington Green
Five of the restaurants I can recommend in the vicinity are:
Dandy: A great place to eat brunch during the week and an inventive dinner menu by Australians Dan Wilson and Andrew Leitch – read my Dandy Restaurant Review. Perilla: Foodie fans will rejoice over the five-course set evening meal featuring humble ingredients to create their take on classical European flavours – read my Perilla Restaurant Review. Primeur: Just around the corner is a former 1920s garage workshop you can sample modern European small plates – read my Primeur Restaurant Review. Trattoria N16: This was previously called Trattoria Sapori and they sell the best sourdough pizzas which you can eat while watching a film – read my Trattoria Restaurant Review (it was written a while ago but gives you an idea of what to expect). The Cellars Pub: Everyone raves about their Bloody Marys and they do a rather amazing Sunday roast as well – read my The Cellars Pub Review.
Other Place to Eat: Belle Epoque patisserie serves amazing cakes, tarts, quiches and breads (I can also recommend this bakery for a light lunch and afternoon cake). Acoustic Café serves breakfasts and Mediterranean food. Next door is Trangallan where you can share tapas (on my list to try very soon). Fifty-Six is ideal for breakfasts and snacks.
Belle Epoque Golden Eclair
Another pub to check out is Lady Mildmay for rustic Mediterranean cuisine. For coffee and vegan food pop into the Green House on Green Lanes which is a creative co-working space. Wine lovers will enjoy sampling the natural wines along with the charuterie boards at Yield N16. As there is a Turkish Cypriot community here you will find traditional Turkish restaurants on Green Lanes.
Newington Green Information
For more photographs see my Love Newington Green London Pinterest Board. To find out about the history of this area read the information on Wikipedia. The Newington Green Action Group also has some good reading material relating to the history of the area. The nearest stations are Canonbury (Overground), Highbury and Islington (Overground and Victoria Line), Dalston Kingsland (Overground). It is a walk from those stations but you get to check out the vicinity and get some exercise! Bus routes include 141, 341, 476, 21, 73 and 236.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London except the Perilla image.
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