Split into Upper and Lower Clapton, Clapton is the one of the leafier districts of Hackney.
Clapton has many green amenities such as Springfield Park, which was formed from the land that belonged to three local mansions. Only one today survives which is used as the Spark Café to serve the casual stroller tea and light refreshments.
Clapton is also fortunate enough to have the River Lea running along its eastern border, and for those who walk it, there are numerous places to stop for refreshment such as the Anchor and Hope pub, a traditional river side inn for food and light refreshment in one of the oldest surviving buildings in the area..
There are also the leafy lengths of Clapton Common which is home to Clapton Pond, where many a twitcher can be seen laying in wait to spot a grebes come to feed.
Architecturally, there are numerous churches, synagogues and mosques. As an example of this, it is worth taking a look at the Round Chapel on Powerscroft Road which was built around 1870. Unfortunately, not all buildings of historical interest survived, such as Brooke House which was located on the corner of Lower Clapton Road and Kenninghall Road. At one point it was owned and frequented by Henry VIII around the 16th Century. Slightly more modern architecture can be seen in the Georgian built Clapton Square which offers a feel for how our ancestors lived.
It’s not all history though. For shopping there is the cosmopolitan Chatsworth Road, which is yet to have a Starbucks and includes many independent shops such as grocers, bakeries, butchers and restaurants reflecting the local community and produce on offer is of African, Turkish, Asian and Caribbean origin.
All in all, Clapton is a leafy green connection to our past offering some beautiful architecture. There is also modern day goods on offer from the varied nationalities that inhabit the district.