My perfect Sunday would either be: a lazy morning, tea in bed, books and movies and feet massages snuggled under the duvet on the sofa, OR a quiet day pottering around the beautiful city of London, complete with flea markets and brunching.
Today I’m sharing the details of where you can experience the latter! I recently heard about Hackney Flea Market and was desperate to pop by as I thought it’d be something you guys love. We also explored the area of Stoke Newington and there are some gorgeous cafe, plant and vintage stores in the area that I also wanted to share.
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Hackney flea market
I LOVE thrifting and shopping vintage, especially for clothing and homeware, so I couldn’t wait to check out Hackney Flea Market. They’re on twice a month in Abney Hall in Stoke Newington (complete with grand windows, beams and fairy lights) and have a great range of items available! Everything from vintage clothing, homeware, ceramics, jewellery, prints, frames and even plants! It was a little busy when we went so make sure to take a face mask too!
If Stoke Newington isn’t convenient for you, they also have thrift markets around London. You can find more info on their website but I can’t wait to check out Peckham Salvage Yard and Walthamstow Flea Market next!
The Retro Hub
For bigger, bulkier vintage furniture items, The Retro Hub is a few streets over from Abney Hall! It’s a big shipping container containing homeware items piled up to the ceilings – quite a treasure trove! They have a great range of chairs, drawers, trunks and tables but as there is SO much in there, it could take a while to find exactly what you’re after!
The Green Room Cafe + Flower Store
I walked past this store and immediately knew it was RIGHT up my street – any sign that reads ‘Baileys Hot Chocolate’ – I’m in! The Green Room cafe is a plant shop with a hidden coffee shop at the back, serving up a selection of brunch + lunch meals – from full English breakfasts, pancakes and granola to pasta, salads and burgers, I really want to take a trip back to Stokey so I can eat here! Plus the plants they stock are beautiful and look very healthy compared to those you’d find in other big plant retailers (ahem Ikea + B&Q I’m looking at you).
What a newsagents! This tiny mini market is full of imported American goods – everything from pickles, Kool Aid, Coffee Mate, Pop Tarts, peanut butter M&Ms (G’s fav!) and even Dr Pepper Candy Floss! This is truly a candy shop heaven and it’s obviously a very popular choice for children in the area (we witnessed a few little tantrums in the store which was entertaining!).
The Good Egg
I couldn’t wait to check out brunch at the Good Egg; a casual breakfast till late night spot serving New York and Middle Eastern influenced dishes. The whole menu sounds divine and we were both really happy with our orders. I had the Salt Beef Bagel with house cured brisket, smoked cheddar, mustard, Russian dressing with dill and garlic kraut – it was divine!
G had the Smoked Haddock Hash with crispy capers, Amba mayo and a fried egg – I helped myself to plenty of his plate and it was really tasty. We also shared a side of fried halloumi with honey and za’atar.
As it was a Sunday brunch time and you can’t book, there was a 30 min wait for us, but we simply left our names at the door and had a little walk around the high-street which passed the time super quickly!
If you fancy a stroll after brunch, I recommend Abney Park Cemetery and Clissold Park which has a small zoo with deer and goats. This year Clissold Park are also hopefully bringing back their outdoors paddling pool (in the summer of 2022) and their butterfly dome, fingers crossed!
I hope you’ve found this area guide helpful! Let me know if you have any other recommendations in the area!