London Fields is walking distance from where we live in Hackney and is somewhere I enjoy popping down to on a weekend. Today I wanted to bring you my London Fields Guide and show you some of my favourite spots.
The area is most commonly known for Saturday’s Broadway Market which is now a ‘place to go’ on the East London tourist trail. You can expect it to always be busy and full of trendy hipsters drinking coffee and perusing the stalls. There are lots of food stalls but also places to find clothes, accessories and vintage treasures. The little independent shops and cafes that line the street are also worth stopping off at. Don’t forget to pop into Netil Market which is just round the corner – you might see Matt and I there with our Tokaree Baskets!
Here are the places I seek out when I go to London Fields…
As you may know, I love me some vintage. Whether it’s clothes, bags or shoes, you can guarantee I’ll be rifling through to see what I can find. I always pop into Black Truffle as you never know what you are going to spot. Sometimes I find inspiration for a new sewing pattern or I just leave with another pair of shoes I don’t need!
I love how they display all the bread in this lovely bakery, just there staring at you from the windows. It’s not the cheapest but it certainly is good! I usually leave with one of their big loaves of sourdough, delicious for a weekend breakfast.
Artwords is one of the few remaining independent bookshops around and it is so well curated. There are some lovely inspiring illustrated books in here, both for children as well as adults. Whether you are looking for a new coffee table book or just want to have a browse, I really recommend stopping by. I know I won’t be able to resist adding to Jasmine’s library every time I pop in.
London Fields Lido
On the other side of London Fields is the Lido, a huge heated outdoor swimming pool on the edge of the park. It’s a lovely pool and in the summer is filled with sunbathers soaking up the rays from the water’s edge. I tend to avoid the weekends as it’s really busy but as a big swimmer it is one of my favourite pools. Unfortunately it’s closed over this summer for works which is a shame, but when it opens I’ll be right back!
Just beyond the Lido is Wilton Way, a little street with a lovely collection of independent shops and cafés. Footnote is on the corner and is a lovely café spot with some delicious cakes. Worth a stop, especially if you want to get away from the crowds on Broadway.
Wringer and Mangle
Finally my last top tip in my London Fields Guide is Wringer and Mangle. I absolutely love this bar on Sidworth Street. It’s full of plants and has a really natural vibe – it reminds me of my roof terrace in fact! It makes a great place to hang out for a chilled brunch. Later this week I’ll be back with a longer write-up on Wringer and Mangle, so if you’re a brunch-lover make sure to check back for that.
This summer I’m sure I’ll be heading down to London Fields with Jasmine and Poppy for sunny saunters through the park. It’s right on Regents Canal too, so you can easily get to the beautiful Victoria Park if you walk east along the canal path, or all the way to Islington and beyond to the west. Both make for lovely Saturday strolls!
Big thanks to Anna Higgie for the wonderfully illustrated map of London Fields.