Hackney Flea Market
It's about that time for those looking to upgrade their flats/appearance to head on down to Stokey with some cash in their pocket and optimism in their eye. This two-day flea market features a big selection of hand-picked stall holders and vintage vendors shifting all sorts: 20th-century furniture, records, salvaged French homeware, textiles, kitschenalia, Danish decor, lamps, lighting and bric-a-brac.
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Growing Communities Farmers' Market
Wake up early this Saturday and take a stroll down to this sustainable farmer's market, right on the border of Dalston and Stokey. Every farmer at this market has been certified as either organic or bio-dynamic, which will be music to the ear of those with a healthy green conscience. Grab your weekly bulk of fruit and veggies here and not only will you enjoy the fresh taste of quality produce, but you will also help support small sustainable farms and farmers around London - it's an all-round win.
Any mention of Clapton and bucket-loads of cool ensue, and that's exactly the case with Biddle Bros. Situated on the frontline of London gentrification behind the spot's original shop front - this joint is a breath of fresh air, despite the many questionable mustaches it's packed with. Expect jazz in the early evening, dj's spinning ambient bangers later on and spectacularly reasonable prices, not to mention you'll find the likes of Staropramen, and Boddingtons on tap.
Hackney Coffee Company
Another cool haunt on Hackney Road, Hackney Coffee Co is - unsurprisingly - as innovative and quirky as they come. This little spot is perfect for pre-Sunday Columbia Road flower market madness or for a quick coffee fix in the morning before all those manic cross-London commutes we like to put ourselves through. The biggest win here? That would be the crazy-good coffee, of course.
Forest on the Roof
This foresty restaurant has popped up on the roof of Selfridges for the wintry season. Decked out with bark and bulbs, this is a decent option if you're doing some Christmas shopping downstairs, but we certainly wouldn't recommend making a pilgrimage to this place otherwise. The food pays homage to British traditions, and encompasses breakfast, dinner, and dessert menus. The bar does a bespoke list of house cocktails, like the 'after dinner mint', made from Pisco, Mozart dark chocolate, Frangelico, sugar syrup, Baileys and Mint liqueur foam - so you can get mega merry.