Clapton Area Guide
Clapton has undergone a huge transformation in recent years, becoming a mecca for young professionals and families priced out of elsewhere in Hackney. Its attractive period family houses, new build apartments, generous open spaces and excellent schools make an irresistible offer. Clapton is sub-divided into Lower Clapton to the south and Upper Clapton to the north. Most of the property is Victorian, with rows of terraced houses and apartments in school and factory conversions. There are some grand Georgian houses, notably in Clapton Square and around Clapton Pond. and there is a growing neighbourhood of new build apartments overlooking Springfield Park and the River Lea.
Lower Clapton is socially diverse and multicultural, and the main shopping streets (Upper/Lower Clapton Road and Chatsworth Road) reflect this diversity. As the area has become more fashionable new business have sprung up to reflect this, and Chatsworth Road has become the hipster centre of Clapton, with artisan food and craft shops, and a popular Sunday street food market.
With three parks in Clapton and the River Lea and extensive Hackney Marshes directly to the east, open spaces abound and sports facilities are excellent. Springfield Park has tennis courts and a cricket pitch, whilst the adjacent recreation ground is home to the Lea Rowing Club and Hackney Rugby Club. Hackney Downs in Lower Clapton is one of the largest open green spaces in Hackney and the surrounding area is fast developing its own distinct identity.
In terms of public transport, there are good bus services from two Overground stations with a total of eight trains per hour to Liverpool Street.