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Talisa Dean 28/09/22

Clissold Park

Stoke Newington‘s Clissold Park is beloved by the locals.

And that beloving might be something to do with the fact that it contains – among other things – 55 acres of open space, walks, lakes, sports facilities, playgrounds, and precisely one zoo.

Right in the middle of the place you’ll find the Grade-II listed Clissold House, where one young Eliza Crawshay lived in the 1800s. She was conducting a secret affair with a local reverend, Augustus Clissold, so her father built a wall around the entire estate to keep the amorous young rascal out. And it worked… until the old man died. Then Eliza inherited everything, installed a few gates, married her lover, and now the whole place bears his name.

Clissold Park

Swans at Clissold Park by dafyddbach | CC BY-SA 2.0

So, apart from the seven gates, what else is new? Well, quite a lot as it happens. You’ll find:

  • Athletic tracks running the perimeter of the park
  • A large adventure playground
  • A paddling pool
  • A wheels park for cycling & skating
  • A multiuse games area
  • Table tennis tables
  • Actual tennis courts
  • Basketball courts
  • An aviary
  • A butterfly dome
  • A zoo including rabbits, deer and goats.
  • An organic market garden

And of course there’s the all-important cafe, which serves everything from a panini to a full-on Sunday roast.

Good luck trying to keep people away with all that going on.


NOTE: Clissold Park is open all week. You can find out more at their website right HERE.

Clissold Park | Green Lanes, N16 9HJ

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Clissold Park

Green Lanes, Stoke Newington, N16 9HJ