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Clapton Area Info

Clapton Area Info

Clapton is immediately adjacent to central Hackney Central bounded, by Hackney Downs to the west, Stoke Newington to the north, the River Lea to the east and Homerton to the south. Like most parts of East London, Lower Clapton is multicultural and socially diverse. Chatsworth Road, which had a regular market until the 1990s, still provides many amenities for people who live in the area. Since late 2010 a new Sunday market has been established here. The restaurants and shops on Chatsworth Road reflect the diversity of the surrounding streets worldwide produce including Turkish, African, Caribbean and Asian alongside a host of green grocers and bakeries. More recently various new business' have open including the creperie, coffee shops and a French delicatessen, part of the area's gentrification in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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A number of nature trails can be found on the banks of the River Lea, as well as an ice rink, canoe and horse riding centres for those that enjoy outdoor activities. Springfield Park and Millfields north and south recreational areas offer wonderful open green spaces, great for family outings.

The Clapton Heart has been branded the Cat & Mutton of Lower Clapton Road. This ginormous and unpretentious pub has a cracking beer garden as well as a range of world wide ales and wines. The Elderfield is a sophisticated and elegant pub in the one of Clapton's most sought after neighborhoods, split in to two rooms with comfy sofas providing a lounge feel in one and the main bar area complete with church pews and rustic tables in the other. Specializing in Italian cuisine, the atmosphere is very family friendly and relaxed which is the ideal environment for building strong neighborly relationships.

Shane's of Chatsworth Road is great for an evening bite, a mainly British menu with an emphasis on local produce, the herbs are apparently handpicked from Hackney Marshes. Pivaz is another favourite of ours, with by bi-folding doors and its corner location, it's a great spot for alfresco dining on warm summer nights.

Cooper & Wolf offer fresh coffee with a smile. The food is very interesting with an exciting Swedish flavour and the smell of cinnamon buns always draw us back for more. Every Sunday the Chatsworth Road farmers market rolls in to town, on offer are a varied mix of poultry, vegetables, cheeses and more.

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History of Clapton

From 1339 to the 18th century Clapton was pronounced Clopton which translated to a 'farm of a hill'. Presumably this is from the old English clop, lump or hill, referring to Clapton's elevated position from the banks of the River Lea. The area grew dramatically throughout the 17th century, in 1745 having eventually grown to the eastern quarter of the parish, via Hackney Lane which partly ran through Broad, now Clapton Common. In the 19th Century the area became separated in the north and south parts of Lea Bridge Road, Upper and Lower Clapton and those names remained. Around this time Hackney Lane became Upper and Lower Clapton roads, until late into the 19th Century the stretch from the common was changed to Clapton Common.

From the 1980's, the stretch of Lower and Upper Clapton Road either side of Lea Bridge roundabout became known as murder mile. Gang and drug related violence plagued the area for almost two decades, resulting in regular 'turf war' shootings between rival gangs. For the wrong reasons, Clapton attracted regular media interest featuring in a host of documentaries and TV shows, including feature film 'Bullet Boy'. In 1997 Channel 4's Brass Eye, claimed that the petrol station on Lower Clapton Road was shoplifted every 15 minutes.

Over recent years Clapton has experienced extreme gentrification. Initially kick started by London's successful Olympic bid back in 2005, Clapton was touted as one of the key areas to benefit most in the lead up to the games. With good quality period properties available on mass, buyers flocked to Clapton realising value for money over more expensive neighbouring areas Stoke Newington, London Fields and Victoria Park. New independent business' have opened, notably on Chatsworth Road which now has five excellent restaurants as well as Sunday farmers market, school Ofsted's have also dramatically improved.

Clapton has seen property prices jump 65% from 2012-2014, the average three bedroom Victorian family home now costs £775,000 (as of September 2014).

Former working mills on the River Lea in the East End of London
Former working mills on the River Lea in the East End of London

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