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Weird area. They'd had riots down their road, a stabbing, a girl getting her head caved in with a golf club and had all their pot plants nicked. Twice.
2 roads north (towards this area) it's horrid and really nasty, 2 roads south and you go towards Hackney where it's nice pub central, posh coffee shops, bookstores etc and over run with hipsters. It's obviously going to be great one day, but isn't yet.
pretty much what I was going to say.
I shan't be moving there though - I can't abide pot plant theft
but has nice views.
The Crooked Billet pub by Clapton station has now been wankered up. Didn't think I'd like to see the day when that happened but nothing surprises me any more. There's a vintage shop just a few doors up and one of those strange cafes that don't look like cafes there too.
Spreading like wildfire.
Saw your mum in a datsun
she asked me upper clapton
so i put it in for fun
right upper bumbum
there was a homeless guy outside my window most nights who would endlessly shout BRUV
BRUV, OI BRUV, BRUV, YO BRUV, BRUV
Depending on how you define interesting.
I mean lower clapton is better but it's all pretty close to each other innit. Upper clapton is closer to the marshes and Springfield Marina which are both cool.
Lower clapton is great - close to Hackney Central station, Palm 2 (greatest shop on earth), a couple of really nice pubs, Chatsworth Rd Market, nice streets, loads of stuff.
just seems miles away.
Not that miles away, is it?
But I wouldn't just draw a line at the roundabout and fuck everything off north of it.
Plus like G says there's some really nice residential bits in between SN and UC.
really need markeee to get back to me re. the train station on lea bridge road.
There's no station on Lea Bridge Road, at least not round there anyway. You mean Clapton Station? What about it?
an estate agent told me it was being built this year, but the internet disagreed.
Kind of between Walthamstow and Leyton..
I expected you to be able to google its name.
nothing 'official' is online anywhere.
- cheap international phone cards
- I heard that really really dodgy looking boozer is being re-done
- hacidic jews
place needs firebombing, not a makeover
I mean LITERALLY ANYONE.
The 'garden' looks well bleak
because of my need to go and see what happens When Pubs Gentrify.
It's actually pretty decent. It seems to be accomodating the old Clapton crowd too which is good - it wasn't just amok with wedged fringes and tashes. Beer was too expensive though.
I'd give it a 7/10 and would visit again.
This is benchmarked against The Clapton Hart which I give a 9/10 and the Windsor Castle which I give a 2/10 (it's awful).
But yeah, the Windsor Castle. Fucking terrible place.
And before it got done up it was genuinely one of those pubs you feared for your life in.
so we've popped in. I think I preferred it before though.
(except not now as I'm going to a meeting for the rest of the day and night)
That sounds like a series
All the open pubs in Clapton (upper & lower) are tarted up now, aren't they? Can't think of one that's not, other than the Anchor & Hope which is a bit unique in being on the canal and popular with the canal boat living people & genuine locals, and isn't tired and depressing in the way the Billet was pre-wankovation.
Tarted up ones are all quite expensive/normal prices these days(delete as applicable), quite pleasant with outbreaks of lousy bar service.
Clapton Station gets you to Liverpool Street in 12 minutes, trains every 15 minutes at rush hour, slightly less frequent otherwise. 393 backstreet bus to Stoke Newington also about 10 minutes, though they're kinda rare. Manor House/Finsbury Park Station on a bus in 15-30 minutes depending on how lucky you get. short walk to clapton pond for buses virtually anywhere, bit longer bus ride to hackney central for richmond stratford overdrive(ground)
Springfield park is one of the nicer parks in hackney, the canal and the anchor and hope pub on it are pleasant, hackney marsh is right there if you like long grass and insects and whatever, well served by 24hr cornershops, loads of cashpoints since tesco metro opened up, fried chicken and rubbish chinese takeaways. Wanky cafe by the station is probably nice, vintage clothes shop by the station is either too much too soon or evidence it'll all be just-like stoke newington within 5 years. Chatsworth Road's strange little yummy mummy bubble is a walk down the canal and through a park away.
Best way to get around is via (day-glo push)bike, obviously. 35 minutes to Bank if you cycle slowly and carefully.If your friends/job are inconsiderately dotted around London in locations that match up exactly to tube stops it might be a bad choice. Otherwise pretty decent.
that's only a couple of miles away in Leyton. That will make getting to Stratford (or Tottenham Hale) really quick if you live in Leyton, and maybe slightly faster if you live on the Leyton side of Upper Clapton.
apart from when the wind blows the wrong way and it smells like someone's sprayed the garden with slurry.
clapton has the 38 bus. The most ludicrously frequent bus in the whole of London. If you miss it you only have to wait 45 seconds until the next one shows up
They're of the same insane frequency at rush hour... but after that, they go back down to normal bus standards.
I waited 7 minutes for a 38 the other day. Fucking sickening.
(it's actually a very nice shop)
My name is Emily I live on Lower Clapton Road in Hackney, this is My Corner shop. I love this shop. It's everything a corner shop should be. A great selection of stock and friendly staff, a proper community shop. This is worth celebrating
to the anti-tesco hipster brigade's shining beacon of light
from a Leyton estate agent:
of claiming Leyton is starting to be known as the Notting Hill of the East is outstanding
you'll basically see that all the good things he describes about Leyton, are actually referring to Leytonstone:
so can't be right...
I think Clapton is only spared because it's miles from any TFL stations, but expect that to change once the route for Crossrail 2 is finalised and when TFL take over the lines from Liverpool Street as part of the Overground in 2015.
Was looking at a house/flat in Walthamstow recently.
They do open days, and cunts who rent shit out buy everything the same day it's on the market for cash.
I suppose it's Zone 3 and on the Victoria line, but still - no need for that level of ridiculous. One house went for 55 grand over it's asking price. Gave up after a month.