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Love Stokey? Choose local!

Few places can boast a plethora of niche businesses like Stoke Newington. With that in mind we've compiled a list to help parents stay local and get great service.  Whether you're planning your child's birthday party, haircut, shopping for toys or in need of a great photographer - look no further!  You can save lots of money at many of these stores with a Local Buyers Club card.

Where to Buy

Earlybird Cards. Church StreetThis gorgeous card shop also sells brilliant gifts including soft toys for children and party bag fillers.

JoJo Maman Bebe, Church Street. Soft toys, baby and toddler toys and clothes. Save 10% with your Local Buyers Club card.,


Church Street Bookshop, 142 SN Church Street. An excellent bookshop selling top quality secondhand books including lots of lovely children's books.


Olive Loves Alfie. 84 SN Church Street. A children's shop on Church Street selling fancy children's clothes and some toys. Save 5% with a StokeyParents Family Card


Stoke Newington Bookshop, 159 SN High Street. A lovely independent bookshop with a good selection of children's books.


Stoke Newington Bookshop Bargain Books, 153 SN High Street. This shop has a good selection of low cost children's toys and books.


Party Planning?




Homemade cakes made to order by local baker Laura Marten.



Papercrane Cakes is based in Stokey and offers made-to-order birthday cakes: 


For flavour you can't beat the cakes sold at Stoke Newington Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. Amazing rum cake and banana cake! 


Local parents recommend Megan Rourke. You'll find her on Facebook @ After Noon


The Baking Tray: Check out this local business for bespoke cakes, biscuits and cupcakes:



Cake of Dreams offers really unusual and beautiful looking cakes:






Tiny Time Music offers singing birthday parties. Cost: £75 per hour.  Find them at 


Adam Ants: Games, magic, balloons.


Charlie the Clown: Clown, pirate, story-teller, wizard.


Cookie Crumbles: Cooking parties for children aged 4-16. or Email


Creative Wiz Kids. Customised themed art and music classes.


Dreamcatcher:  Fun-filled parties led by pirates, princesses, astronauts and much more.



Gymboree Islington host children's parties with activities to suit a range of interests - from music or storytelling to arts and crafts. Visit:


Ilana Banana Parties: Musical and arty parties. Email


Make Do on Kynaston Road run craft and sewing parties for children aged four and over. Visit


Mr Squash: Puppets, magic, games and balloons (suitable for 2-6 year-olds).


Pippin Puppets: Children's puppet shows.


Sally Sunshine: Facepainting. 07837 713 699

Kidzmania in Clapton is a soft play centre which offers children's parties too. There's a room at the back thats decoragted ready and the team provide party food. Just bring a cake!



Cupcakes and Canapes photography

Specialising in Baby and Event photography, this Stokey firm offers natural and modern photography to treasure forever!

They are based in the heart of Stoke Newington, but are happy to travel whatever your image making requirements may be.

Offering discounts to siblings, NCT groups and the StokeyParents discount card.

Emily Gray Photography specialises in newborn, baby, children and family portraiture. As both a photographer and a mother she realises the importance of having special family photographs that you will treasure forever. Photo shoots take place on location in and around your home, ensuring it is a relaxed and enjoyable experience for the whole family.



Anita Gioia Photography:

A talented  photographer and local mum offering studio or location photoshoots. Free photoshoot - you only pay for the shots you like. Quote '' to receive a free photo on orders over £100


Kids' hairdressers


Man Cave, Stoke Newington Church Street. Drop in only, around £13 for a child's haircut.


Jane Edwards, Kynaston Road.

Salon times: 9.30am-5.30pm Wednesday-Saturday.


Crops & Bobbers Essex Road, Islingon. Specially shaped chairs, toys, DVDs and iPads to entertain during appointments. Salon times: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm. Visit



Shine Holistic: Church Street and Newington Green.

Kids cuts available 10am-5pm Monday to Thursday,



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