Handsome homeware is sourced from all over the world for this pretty concept store by couple Gemma and Jack, who opened their shop in 2012. Come for the cosy textiles and cool bamboo storage, stay for the bits and bobs you never knew you needed: pick up a cast- iron nutcracker, a table brush in the shape of a hedgehog or a genius bottle- top opener and sealer.
Address: Nook, 153 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UH
Telephone: +44 20 7249 9436
OLIVE LOVES ALFIE
For anyone whose kids have better style than them: this Scandi-meets-British children’s shop is home to preposterously sweet clothes, toys and accessories. Pick up a hand-crafted wooden weather chart (who needs the weather app?) or cute and cool clothes including teeny-tiny Vejas and little slogan tees from Swedish brand Mini Rodini.
Address: Olive Loves Alfie, 84 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0AP
Telephone: +44 20 7241 4212
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Abney Park Cemetery
Gothic and undeniably a little eerie, Victorian Abney Park Cemetery is, yes, an unexpected spot for a walk – but a lovely one, too. It’s overgrown and wild, with unruly, gnarly trees and a blanket of gold and red leaves falling in autumn. The cemetery runs free history walking tours, as well as summer theatre and live-music performances.
Address: Abney Park Cemetery, 215 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0LH