Local designer guide Fred Rigby in Stoke Newington
moved to Hackney 12 years ago because it was cheap – times have of course changed.
Although I moved to the borough, I never left the region. Growing up in a village in Dorset, Stoke Newington has a similar impression. I always meet people here and know the owners of local shops and cafes to say hello and shake my chin.
Better Eat and Drink
For breakfast, coffee, and pastries, I head to Dusty Knuckle Bakery, Wilton Way Cafe, or the Esters. I’ll have a sabih for lunch from The Good Egg and a delicious dinner at Clarence, Little Duck or Rubedo.
Where i train
I train with Ed Conway from Fit as a F * ck in the park. It helps clear my mind at the start of the day. Ed does personal training outdoors in the parks of east and north London.
For a cultural solution
Andrew of Bolt Motorcycles has a great mix of clothing, music and interesting people in his shop, with regular events. Motorcycles are built on site and there are also regular mechanics shops. For an added bonus, Cut & Run upstairs makes a great haircut.
To commune with nature
Clissold Park is always beautiful throughout the seasons, there are even deer, so it feels like you’ve escaped London for a while.
I hate plastic packaging so I try to avoid the usual suspects; there are plenty of brilliant green grocery stores around Stoke Newington. I would suggest going to Harvest, London’s largest independent organic and artisan food store, for some special treats.
I pedal everywhere. Through the blockages, I had the impression of creating a work of the artist sculptor Richard Long [who creates works that trace his physical movement through space] between the house and the studio.
For a house, it would have to be on Navarino Road or Malvern Road, both tree-lined and filled with beautiful Victorian homes with period features. We are exhibiting on Malvern for the London Design Festival at No 43, with Atelier LK.
Something you only see in Stoke Newington
It’s a melting pot so there’s always something going on. It is also a bit off the beaten track, which gives the impression of a village.
What’s the catch?
It’s a bit of a mission to get into town.
In three words
Local, independent, practical.
This summer, Rigby launched The Everyday Collection, a capsule range of playful furniture designed for everyday living.
There are several primary schools in Stoke Newington rated as Exceptional or Good, including Holmleigh, William Patten, and Newington Green. For secondary education, The Garden School (ages 4-16) is rated Outstanding by Ofsted, while Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form and Lubavitch Senior Girls’ School are rated Good.
Living in Stoke Newington
Average price of a house: Â£ 1,239,397
Average flat rate: Â£ 508,775
Average price to rent a house pcm: Â£ 2,952
Average rental price for a flat pcm: Â£ 1,641