London Area Guide: Clapton

Clapton londonClapton can be found in the London Borough of Hackney in Britain. The district is divided into two areas known as Upper Clapton and Lower Clapton. Lower Clapton represents the socially diverse multi cultural and vibrant area of the district with a wide variety of open spaces. Upper Clapton is a very beautiful area with rivers and marshes, historic sites and recreational facilities. Overall, Clapton has a beautiful country atmosphere despite its busy streets.

Lower Clapton’s nearest over ground transportation centre is the Hackney Central. Train stations feeding the Clapton area include Clapton, Dalston Kingsland, Hackney Downs and London Fields. Clapton is headed by the Hackney Council which is the local authority responsible for services in the area. Probably due to its much appreciated country like setting, Clapton’s council tax rates are higher than some other areas and range from £858 to £2,574.

Clapton has many beautiful buildings, many from Victorian origins, historic sights and cultural stops. Georgian buildings are also popular. The St. Thomas Church of England is Clapton’s parish church while the Anchor and Hope represents a major war survivor at the waterfront in the area. The unusual architecture of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Upper Clapton is a fine expression of Clapton’s rich architecture. Property types in the area include attractive Victorian terraces, sophisticated properties for the affluent, large Georgian houses and modern developments along the River Lea. A few council estates exist in the areas as well. Commercial investors will be pleased with the advantages of locating in Clapton.

Chatsworth Road with its market and shopping amenities and Lower Clapton Road represent the main shopping areas in Clapton. Mini markets, restaurants and supermarkets are all quite accessible. Shopping centres such as the Mall IIford and Lakeside Shopping Centre facilitate both business and leisure shoppers.

Lower Clapton Road has many pubs and restaurants while a few eateries can be seen on the waterfront as well. Popular gastronomic stops include Dunya, Granny’s Takeaway, Hot Spot Restaurant, Ya’suh and Thang Long House. Fast food joints such as Star Burger and Pizza Man can also be accessed.

Clapton is well known for its beautiful open spaces. Lower Clapton is home to the Clapton Pond and the late Georgian Clapton Square which are the two conservation zones in the area. There are also places such as Hackney Downs, Millsfields Park and the recreational area at Lea Valley Park. The River Lea passes through the town to create a nice waterfront environment. The famous Walthamstow Marshes form a part of the Lea Valley Park where there are opportunities for tennis, golf, athletic sports and ice skating at the Lea Valley Ice Centre.

Springfield Park is another outstanding open area with water facilities, tennis courts, and cricket and rugby fields. A cafe and rowing club can also be accessed in the vicinity. The Anchor and Hope pub is a popular entertainment spot while the leafy promenades of Clapton Commons boast a healthy environment with its ponds and birds. Clapton’s bars and pubs are the main areas of evening entertainment in the district.

There is a very large Jewish community in Clapton, with many young professionals and persons involved in the media. Clapton is one of the better places to reside in or explore the city of London from a healthy perspective.

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