Blonde sisters Verity and Sharmaine Cox have taken over an old money shop and redecorated. Stripping away the plaster board, they found the remains of an alleyway underneath, added a few neon lights and voilà, Clapton has a new cocktail bar. The whisky sours are bang on the money and they make a strong but tasty rum punch. They have a beer garden open all year, movie screenings and you can even bring along your own records to play on the decks at their 'Crate Digger Takeover'.
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Venetia's Coffee Shop
Venetia's is the type of place you'd be happy to stumble upon while out on a stroll. Small and inviting, it's a decent addition to the neighbourhood. Look at for their spacious back patio. Sandwiches are the name of the game here - and they make a satisfying, quick lunch. You'll find classic paninis alongside more creative sourdough options, like the halloumi and chorizo with roast peppers and hummus.
Meet Umit and his son, Liam - Hackney's pair of nostalgic movie boffs trying to keep the art of cinema alive in the 21st century. Nudged into Lower Clapton Road, this movies sanctuary has managed to remain a hidden gem despite the aggressive gentrification happening around it. Crammed full of DVDs, posters hanging willy-nilly from the ceiling, a tempting range of sweets, and a pile of real film reels at the back, this shop would send any OCD sufferer cray cray. They also do regular screenings of films in their original 16mm format.
Sweet organic grocery shop with wooden crates and bouquets on the ceiling. Swing by here and pick up your fresh veg and what have you, or better yet park up out front and enjoy a coffee. All bread comes locally from The Spence Bakery down the road in Stoke Newington, while coffee beans come from trusty roasters All Press.
All your grocery needs and then some, Palm 2 (we don’t know of a Palm 1) is much, much more than your local supermarket. You’ll find plenty of local produce on these shelves, including Beavertown beers and Union coffee, while there’s heaps to snack on from the deli section too. Does your corner shop do a Sunday roast? Didn’t think so, but this one does! Tables out front are perfect for soaking up a spot of sun and shooting the shit with your neighbours, while the cheeky coffee window means you can grab a quick one on the go.