Spotlight on N16

Next up on the Postcode project is N16, which covers Stoke Newington, Newington Green, Shacklewell, Dalston, Stamford Hill and Hackney. For the month of October we’ll be celebrating N16, offering 20% off all deliveries to this postcode with code N164LIFE. We discuss some of our favourite bits below.

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Luminary Bakery in Stoke Newington is a business doing good. They’re a social enterprise offering women at a social and economic disadvantage an opportunity to build a future for themselves. They offer training in a safe and professional environment, using baking as a tool to build confidence and gain transferable skills, as well as providing employment in the bakery and preparing them for further employment afterwards. Their aim is to break cycles of poverty, violence and disadvantage, while offering a sense of community and a chance for growth and second chances. They partner closely with Ella’s, a charity offering a safe house for women who have suffered trafficking and sexual exploitation. We of course can’t reveal Ella’s location, but Luminary Bakery are on Allen Street (with second location soon to open in Camden); you can sit in their café and sample their delicious treats or even order one of their stunning cakes from their cake shop for a special occasion. They even provided Meghan Markle’s birthday cake earlier this year, who wrote about Luminary in her September issue of British Vogue, appropriately titled ‘Forces For Change’. Cakes with a conscience.

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re aware that Petalon are in to the environment - we think it’s pretty cool so we want to try and do our bit to look after it. N16 offer a wonderful farmers' market every Saturday at St Paul’s church that’s all about sustainability. It’s the only UK farmers’ market where all the farmers are organic or biodynamic and they also ask any stallholders making processed foods to source most of their ingredients from the farmers who come. The food is fresh, organic and local - shopping here means you're also supporting small, sustainable farms almost all from within 60 miles of London.

Sourcing locally seems to be a theme for a lot of our favourite food and drink places in N16 - this postcode seems to score pretty highly on the sustainability scale! Lizzy’s On The Green is a lovely community café on Newington Green itself, aiming to offer affordable food for everyone, from teas and bacon baps to delicious cakes and great coffee and in the summer they stay open later so you can enjoy an Aperol Spritz and charcuterie board in their little oasis. It’s a lovely outdoor space with friendly staff and they aim to source all their produce from local suppliers.

One of those suppliers is the Spence Bakery, also recommended to us by a Petalon customer. This is one of those places for a Saturday treat - to pick up one of their freshly baked loaves to take home or sit in and enjoy one of their various baked treats with a coffee. We have it on good authority that they make one of the best egg and cress sandwiches in the entire world and that the staff are friendly, helpful and always calm - even during the mayhem when everyone runs in to grab their favourite loaf.

Now we’ve filled you up on delicious baked goods, you could take a stroll to The Chocolate Factory, nestled away in a beautiful cobbled courtyard and home to 27 studios of artists, illustrators, ceramicists, printmakers, lighting designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, film makers and graphic designers. The Victorian building and surrounding courtyard was indeed a chocolate factory until 1959 but was derelict until 1994 when artist Keith Ashley bought the space and converted in to 13 artist studios. Those studios were snapped up and when the building next door also became available, these too were converted to provide another 14 studios. It opens its doors twice a year, inviting people to come and meet the artists, see their work and buy directly from them. Open studios are coming up on 30 November and 1st December, so time your trip right to avoid disappointment!

The Hackney Flea Market in Abney Hall is definitely worth a visit. With over 30 vintage traders, you’re bound to find something a little different. Abney Hall also holds an independent ceramics market at various times throughout the year and if you’re a vinyl enthusiast looking for something to do this weekend, they have a record fair on this Sunday 6th October. Follow them on Instagram @hackneyfleamarket to keep updated on what’s on.

Florence Hill