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Uncle Nam’s

66 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 7PA

New Vietnamese Street Food restaurant on the High Street… great lunch (Vietnamese baguettes) and dinner options, including some vegetarian ones, but as the guys are friends of mine I won’t write too much here. I am genuinely excited though, and delighted by their food and service, so please let us know what you think!

Opening Times:
Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 to 22:00
Friday and Saturday: 12:00 to 22:30

You can also find Uncle Nam’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Coach and Horses

178 Stoke Newington High Street
London N16 7JL
Phone: 020 7254 6697

The Coach and Horses occupies the top spot in my list of favourite Stoke Newington pubs, even though arguably that should be shared with the Auld Shillelagh.The selection of beers is pretty standard but good, the Thai food is amazing and on par with any other Stokey Thai restaurant, staff are lovely, music if usually good, atmosphere inside is cosy, and there is no better people watching than sitting outside this place.

Now if they only stopped showing football… though that’s just me, I guess.

Opening Hours
Monday to Wednesday: 2.00pm – 12.00am
Thursday: 1.00pm – 12.00am
Friday and Saturday: 12.00pm – 01.00am
Sunday: 12.00pm – 12.00am

GS Cars minicabs: A Tale of Disaster!

Quick summary (in case you’re in a hurry): GS Cars will happily leave you stranded and out of pocket if anything goes wrong. The drivers they send out are not necessarily licensed or registered with them. There are many other, better minicab services in the Stoke Newington area, including Sam’s Cars almost right next door.

So, if you’ve followed this site at all over the last eight years, you probably know that I don’t like posting negative reviews. But what GS Cars, that good old Stoke Newington minicab company, put us through, and then left us to deal with and pick up the pieces… things, or rather GS Cars, really went as low as they could! Hope you enjoy a good rant…

GS Cars minicabs in Stoke Newington put us in danger, cost us a lot of money, and refused to take responsibility

GS Cars, N16 minicabs – do not use them unless you don’t care about your life and money

Fasten your seat-belts, let’s go, and enjoy!

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La Sera – Seafood and Parties

Isn’t it funny how you can live in a place for 10 years or so, and still there are locations you haven’t explored properly.

La Sera has always been one of those places for me. Tucked in between the Coach & Horses and the 24/7 Turkish supermarket, two of my favourite haunts in Stoke Newington, this seafood restaurant has gone unnoticed in the eight or so years of its existence – at least to me. I occasionally hear that the food is quite good actually, and Luca, the manager, is certainly one of the friendliest people in the Coach a lot of nights, but I’ve never made it inside.

But recently things have started changing, and now La Sera has the potential to become one of the more interesting locations in Stokey. You might have seen tables appearing outside, and every once in a while a large crowd of people seems to appear from out of nowhere. So I just had to ask… and Luca was more than happy to show me around.

The club below La Sera

The owners (who also run the Bricklayers Arms down in Shoreditch) have recently made some changes… opened the place up so that the downstairs bar is accessible from the restaurant, added a few nice touches like a big sofa in the front… and very soon now, with its new late license, you will find that there are some rather interesting club nights going on down in the bar. Well, actually, there have been a couple already… the Urban Voodoo Machine had a NYE party down there, and last Saturday Julien from Loser Superhero kicked things off with a Latin Rock party. Continue reading

The Puppini Sisters in Stoke Newington

Oh my, this one will be sold out in no time, you better get your tix fast…

Described simply as ‘fabulous’ by Vogue, the stunning Puppini Sisters grace the Pangea Project stage on 26 September 2009 for one of their most intimate performances to date.

Puppini Sisters

The Puppini Sisters

The 40’s style musical trio sing unique 3-part harmony arrangements of old classics as well as unexpected contemporary chart toppers such as Crazy In Love, giving it the ‘swing-punk’ tag.

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Ghost Bikes in Stoke Newington

In passing there doesn’t seem to be anything unusual about the bicycle tied to a lamppost opposite the Stoke Newington Railway, but then something doesn’t seem quite right… eventually it dawns on me that not only is it a white bike but the wheels are white too. What does it mean? Is it an East End art installation or a marketing gimmick?

Ghost Bike on Kingsland Road. Photo by Tom Taylor

Ghost Bike on Kingsland Road. Photo by Tom Taylor

Closer inspection reveals the bike has been painted and has a bunch of dried flowers hanging off the handlebars.  Far from being trendy street furniture, the bike is part of a phenomenon known as ghost bikes – a memorial to cyclists that have been killed on the road.  This particular one is for Lucinda Ferrier who died last year and there is another one further down the Kingsland Road at the corner of Middleton Road commemorating Antony Smith – also known as ‘Smudge’.

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Plugged In, Switched On – Open Mic at the White Hart

Recently had the chance to catch up with affable Scotsman, Stokey local and familiar face around the bar and party scene, Iain Houston to find out what he’s been up to. Turns out he’s been busy setting up a new fortnightly event called Plugged In, Switched On at the White Hart.

Plugged In, Switched On - Ian Houston

Plugged In, Switched On - Iain Houston

First things first, how long have you been living in Stoke Newington? And how did you come to be here?
I’ve been living in Stoke Newington for eight years. I used to live in Finsbury Park before that but it seemed that all the best parties were here so I made the move. It was all sex, drugs and rock ‘n’roll – also known as the vibrant nightlife.

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The Fishery Fish Bar – Posh Fish & Chips on the High Street

This is a fairly new, good old fashioned British chippie offering sit-in, take away and delivery.

As well as traditional fish and chips (in both kid and adult size portions), The Fishery offers fresh ‘catch of the day’ specials. You can even choose the piece of fish you want packed on ice at the front. Specials range from organic salmon to halibut to fish pie and cost around a tenner.

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Going Green on Sundays

I headed down to Green Sundays at the Arcola theatre a little apprehensively, not really sure what to expect. I’d heard it was a meeting place for the ‘ecologically curious’ to explore green issues through film and music which did sound quite interesting, but having said that, each event has a different theme and this one was the rather dry sounding ‘Urban and Community Re-generation’.

Green Sundays at the Arcola Theatre

Green Sundays at the Arcola Theatre

Climbing up the ancient, rickety fire escape stairs to the new roof garden, I realised I needn’t have worried. Sustainability and recycling were the order of the day with old toilet cisterns starting a new life as container gardens. Flowers, herbs and vegetable seeds had been donated by well-wishers for the opening of the roof garden. Folk had the opportunity to get their hands dirty with three-year old manure which was, we were told, perfect for providing all the nutrients these growing plants would need. But the thought of being elbow-deep in poo was all too much for me and my new found friend Michelle and we sloped off to the rugs to enjoy some truly scrumptious carrot cake and tea.

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Sainsbury’s and Iceland on the High Street?

The Costcutter on the High Street (Shaheen, my favourite local shop, I have to admit) is currently having a Closing Down Sale of 30% off on everything apart from alcohol and cigarrettes, and it turns out that the reason they are closing down is that they have received an offer from Sainsbury’s that they simply couldn’t refuse.

And on top of that there are rumours that Iceland are taking over the site of the good old Woolworth.

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