Take your bike or go by foot. Start at Sprinfield Park (N15) and have a slap up breakfast at the cafe by the Rowing club. Afterwards walk down the River Lea. There are many things that will satisfy those yearning for a slice of country.
Anyone fit enough can walk all the way down to the River Thames or chip off into town along Grand Union Canal.
Look out for the rare breed cows.
The Lea Vally
The Amalfi coast is stunning... So are the prices of the hotels... If you walk up the steps towards the village on the mountain you will pass a number of farms... With permission you can pitch your tent under the olive groves and have priceless views for a few Euros a night - if you don't mind showering with a hose pipe. There is a piece of 'free land' with a spring that you do not need permission for somewhere up the mountain... good luck!
Dalston market is on every day. It is massive with everything you could possible need ... from fresh fish to Nigerian fast food. If it wasn't for the weather, you could be fooled into thinking that you were shopping in any other big metropolis in the world ... the people, the sights and the sounds make Dalston a must see in East London ... just hold on to your stomachs!
Ridley Road, opposite Dalston Junction Overground Station
Chinese Restaurant in Dalston. Located in an old pie and mash shop, Shanghai is by far the best Chinese in east London. On Sundays, they have an all you can eat buffet, which includes duck with plum sauce and pancakes.
41 Kingsland High Street; tel: 020 7254 2878
Dalston in East London has the most amazing selection of Turkish/ Kurdish restaurants ... homemade bread, soups and meats all cooked over hot coals ... Fill up for around a fiver.
Kingsland High Street, London E8 up to N16
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