Why I live in Stoke Newington: art consultant Georgia Spray on her creative, family-friendly London neighbourhood

I have lived in Stoke Newington for five year. My husband and I moved into a house near Newington Green in the last year. It’s a very creative community. Many artists I work with have studios in this region. We are very fortunate with restaurants. It’s easy to book a central London restaurant, but it can be difficult to do so here. There are many great restaurants and they are in high demand. The Jolene/Primeur family is right at our doorstep. Perilla, located at the corner of Green Lanes & Newington Green, offers delicious food and is a great place to eat. The Clarence Tavern on Church Street is run by the same family as Anchor and Hope. It has great food and a family atmosphere. Treat place: Perilla on the corner Green Lanes and Newington Green. Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd. There’s an amazing bakery called Akdeniz on Stoke Newington High Street. We also get take-out from Devran on Stoke Newington Road. Groce shoppingThe Turkish supermarkets may not look very impressive from the outside, but they are fantastic. There is a Whole Foods in Stoke Newington that sells exactly the same products, but it presents them in a different way and charges more. Albion Food and Wine, Albion Parade is where we do most of our shopping. Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables, a great greengrocer, is also available. Stella’s and Meat N16 are both good butchers. Albion Food and Wine, Albion Parade / Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd. I work outClissold leisure Centre is right on our doorstep. It has two large pools and is great for taking my baby to things like baby swim. Clissold Park is a park that offers a run and a yoga studio called Yogahome. Clissold Park is a great place to commune with nature. The New River walk connects Stoke Newington to Islington. You can walk along the river with lots of wildlife. I cycle to work and it’s easy for me to commute by bike. I take the Overground from Canonbury to get to Oxford Circus in 25 mins. There are many buses from Newington Green and Angel to Highbury & Islington, King’s Cross, and Angel to Highbury & Islington. Although it sounds a little silly to name your own street, we spent hours searching for our house. It’s a residential street that runs for miles with small houses and families. Because all the children have been drawing on it, the entire street is covered in chalk. READ MORELiving In Leyton: The New Craftsmen’s Yelena Forman shares her tips on this diverse east London area. Why I Live in Brockley: Rahel Stephanie, a Supper Club host, explains why she moved to south London from Hackney. Why I Live in Clerkenwell: Rosh Mahtani, founder of Aligheri discusses her secret, central London neighborhood. Hackney is famous for Halloween because so many families decorate their homes with too much. When we moved in, people warned us that Hackney will invade your home with all manner of sweets. The catch is that it’s not very well connected to public transport, but it also gives the area a more neighborhood feel. There are many people who have established businesses here and still live here, so it’s bustling and vibrant during the day. You can only see it in Stoke Newington in summer when you can find the long lines for artisan icecream at Romeo & Giulietta, Albion Road. They are amazing, but the line is ridiculous. It’s winter’s the practical chic uniform of the Arket oversized puffer jacket and Ganni boots. Three words: Community, creativity, family. Stoke Newington School is rated excellent for secondary students.