Katie's Guidebook


My name is Katie and I'm originally from Melbourne, Australia, but now live in London with my English husband. I love London and am happy to share all my top travel advice with you!

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Things to do in London

869 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Runs on a Sunday morning (around 8am to 2pm) and is a fantastic local experience! Only a short taxi ride or bus ride away from our house. It's a busy place, but you can grab a coffee and hear some ... read more

735 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Galleries like these are what makes London great! This is a modern art gallery located along the Southbank. General exhibitions are free, although you have to buy tickets for general exhibitions, ... read more

338 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Near Liverpool Street (which can be reached via the overground) has lots of interesting shops and is near Brick Lane (famous for Indian food and bars etc) and the “Jack the ripper tour”.

440 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Behold the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, which has over 4.5 million objects to gaze at and all for free. (You need to pay for special exhibitions). This one is a little furt... read more

173 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Rio Cinema is a lovely independent Art Deco cinema in Dalston, about a 15 minute walk from our house, or you can take any bus down Stoke Newington High Street (see bus information). This is a s... read more

437 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hampstead Heath is hands down my favourite place in all of London! It's one of London's largest and wildest spaces, and you can ramble through the Heath for hours finding new tracks and feeling lik... read more

121 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Experimental music venue Café Oto in Dalston, full of trendy Hackney-ites, and a great selection of music. Look online to check out the current performances and book tickets.

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is a Stoke Newington institution and serves a great array of South Indian vegetarian dishes (open from 6.30-11pm daily) and they also do home delivery. You won't miss it with it's bright... read more

118 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favourite theatre in London, showcasing excellent productions. Bookings are needed far in advance for this place, so book before you arrive. If not, you might be lucky enough to ring up and get ... read more

486 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. See the place where Anne Boleyn lost her head! I recommend buying tickets in advance. From our place, take the 67 bu... read more

144 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Sweet Italian cafe set amidst farmyard animals, from sheep to chickens, goats, and donkeys. Good to combine with Columbia Road flower market on a Sunday morning. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am-4pm.

200 local Airbnb hosts recommend

London Fields is a short overground trip away from Stoke Newington train station. London field has an open air swimming pool (called a Lido) and a street market (mostly food) called Broadway market... read more

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Arcola is a small, local theatre which presents plays, operas and musicals featuring established and emerging artists. Check website for information about performances.

289 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Wander round the pretty little boutique shops and climb Primrose Hill for a lovely view over London. Who knows, you might even bump into Jude Law! Close to the Hampstead Heath, also recommended here.



Drinks & NightlifeBars
76 Stoke Newington Road·Map·Hours·Website·

55 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rubys is a romantic, subterranean bar with stylish retro details, serving cocktails and craft beers, and full of local dalton trendies. I love the blackberry mojito! The entrance to Rubys is down a... read more

285 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A lovely, bustling cobblestone place to wander through with lots of nice shops and street performers. The Apple Market has a number of artisanal stalls selling handmade goods such as jewellery, pri... read more


The Blue Legume

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 101 Stoke Newington Church Street·Map·Hours·Website·

46 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Blue Legume is open from 8:30am–10:30pm daily and serves a good selection of cafe food, ranging from brunch, salads, burgers and quiches. There is some outside space to sit outside if it's a ni... read more

241 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Picturesque Clissold Park is a lovely place to visit! It has a big café in the middle of it called the “The House at Clissold Park”, as well as animals (like deer and large goats!), a skate board p... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
89 Shacklewell Ln·Map·Hours·Website·

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a sweet, intimate restaurant which serves a selective European menu, cocktails and wine. Bookings recommended.


The Good Egg

Food SceneCafes or Coffee Shops
$$· 93 Stoke Newington Church St·Map·Hours·Website·

35 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a great cafe with an interesting range of dishes and much more than "good eggs". Great place for brunch, but also for dinner and is open until 9am-11pm on most nights (expect Mondays, when ... read more


The Spence Bakery

Food SceneBakeries
161 Stoke Newington Church St·Map·Hours·Website·

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

For fresh bread and pastries at a good price. My second choice after Wholefoods! Open 8am-6pm Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm on a Sunday.


The Prince

Everything Else
59 Kynaston Rd·Map·

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Prince is our local pub, and serves great drinks as well as evening meals. The building itself is a restored Victorian Freehouse, and has lovely dark, brooding walls and floors, but is light an... read more

27 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Jones & Sons is a classic British restaurant and cocktail bar, open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday evenings and for lunch and brunch on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The space is large open warehouse, a... read more

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Art gallery in a beautiful old building. Check the web for the latest exhibitions, and it is worth purchasing tickets in advance.

15 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is our local cafe and is literally just around the corner. It has great coffee (and is run by Australians, of course!) It's a small space, but I highly recommend for coffee, tea, cakes and bre... read more

85 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A large cemetery with toppling grave monuments and festoons of ivy. Well worth a visit!

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are many of these tours, which set off every evening around Whitechapel and meander through the streets where Jack the Ripper carried out his gruesome deeds! Check the web for more details. T... read more


Fortnum & Mason

$$$$· 181 Piccadilly·Map·Hours·Website·

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is an 18th-century department store known for its gourmet groceries including tea and posh preserves. This is well worth a browse - it's great for gifts, and you can also have some nice tea an... read more



Food SceneRestaurants
50 Stoke Newington Rd·Map·Hours·Website·

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rudies is a delicious, Jamaican food joint which serves smoked meat, chicken, vegetables and small plates with a contemporary twist. This place is really popular, so I would highly recommend bookin... read more


Franco Manca

Food SceneRestaurants
176 Stoke Newington High St·Map·Hours·Website·

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Franco Manca (open 12-11pm daily) serve a good selection of sourdough pizzas at a reasonable price. The space is big and can cater for large groups for dining in, or you can take away.