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The Pantry

The Pantry

Specialist eggless cakes for every occasion!

Diddy's

Diddy's

Diddy's, a café by day and bustling bar by night is a cultural hub situated on the corner of Mare Street and beck road. Just a stone throw away from London fields, this bright and light space offers everything from coffee to their signature cocktails at reasonable prices creating an environment where patrons feel valued and where you "can have a night out without feeling like you have spent all your rent money" owned by Diddy herself.

Broadway Market

Broadway Market

Broadway Market is the exact place to go to experience the best of what east London has to offer, with its fantastic range of food stalls, restaurants, shops and pubs! If you go in the summer, be sure to grab a beer and head over to London Fields, where the standard BBQ doesn't exist.

Café Health

Café Health

A lovely little Caribbean restaurant on Mare Street in East London. They offer the best jerk chicken along with other Caribbean dishes.

Salvation in Noodles

Salvation in Noodles

Super tasty Vietnamese noodle salads and pho on the borders of Dalston.

London Fields Lido

London Fields Lido

Perfect for a fun day out, especially in the summer, this outdoor pool in Hackney's London Fields is one of London's last remaining lidos. It is open all year round and is, of course, heated. Why not grab lunch from either one of their two cafes after an exciting dip?!

COFFEE8

COFFEE8

I always make a quick pit stop at this coffee van on the Narrow Way in the morning.

Hackney Fresh

Hackney Fresh

I often pop in to this fruit and veg shop for their fresh produce and a coffee. Very handy!

The Advisory

The Advisory

The best burger in Hackney and delicious sides too!

Patty & Bun

Patty & Bun

The best burgers in London under London Fields railway arches!

Oval Space

Oval Space

A club based off Hackney Road where international DJs and live acts play regularly. It also has terrace parties in the summer.

Bread and Butter

Bread and Butter

Serving the best breakfasts in Dalston, lovely fresh organic food, amazing juice and great coffee. The tortilla with loads of cheese is a great hangover cure!

Pub on the Park

Pub on the Park

On the border of London Fields, its a fantastic pub with a big outdoor area and reasonable drink prices too.

Towpath

Towpath

I love a weekend walk along Regent's Canal with a glass of rosé from Towpath.

Geffrye Museum

Geffrye Museum

If you can't face the crowds at London's bigger museums, head to this place for a quieter and nicer experience. This museum is all about the home throughout the centuries and the café sells delicious cakes too!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of De Beauvoir Town, Hackney, Hoxton, Newington Green, Bethnal Green, Homerton, Canonbury, Shoreditch, Victoria Park and Clapton

"Every last Sunday in February, a service takes place at Holy Trinity, Dalston to remember the prince of clowns, Joseph Grimaldi. Full costume and makeup is mandatory for those attending!"

Shoreditch's equally trendy neighbour, Hoxton has a well established arts and entertainment scene.

Nick Batten

The takeover of the Overground at Hackney Central has been fantastic for the local area - there's proposals for Crossrail 2 at this station too!

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Alexandra Haywood

The arrival of the London Overground in Haggerston has really opened up this area for commuters.

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What locals say about Dalston

  1. The people, sense of community, everything I need is nearby. I just wish it wasn't so expensive - I want to stay here!

  2. A fantastic gentrifying neighbourhood in its own right, Dalston also has great transport and sits between other great areas such as trendy Islington, yummy mummy Stoke Newingtin, leafy London Fields and Shoreditch to the south. The area has a brilliant mix of residents from all social and ethnic backgrounds. Is there more interesting more varied part of London?! I don't think so...we just need a few more decent shops and a Waitrose would be lovely!

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Child-friendly activities near Dalston

Eltaller Workshops Spanish Classes

Eltaller Workshops Spanish Classes
We offer specialised Spanish lessons which are based in Latin American contemporary literature, history, economy, film, art and music. We aim to have enjoyable discussions and activities that go beyond spanish text books or grammar exercises. We offer lessons for beginners, and for intermediate and advanced level students. Stay & Play 0.45 min lessons for children Website

Tots Tunes

Vortex Jazz Club,
The interactive, energetic sessions involve learning songs from around the world and original tunes and combining them with a bit of a workout! Tots Tunes is for local hackney parents who want to connect with other like-minded people in the neighbourhood and have a bit of fun, listen to and sing some quality 'non baby' acoustic music. Website

Frogprince Baby Music - Hackney City Farm

Hackney City Farm
Based on the use of simple and common music instruments like acoustic guitar, piano, toy percussion, voice and the most popular songs and nursery rhymes for children, Frogprince Baby Music Class is a path toward the joy of socializing through music. Website

London Fields Lido

London Fields
London Fields Lido is a 50m Olympic size, heated outdoor swimming pool open all year round and located in Hackney, central London. The swimming pool has lane swimming available at all day, swimming lessons for children and adults, one to one swimming lessons and advice and instruction for members and non members during our swimfit sessions. Facilities also include a café as well as a large sundeck and sunbathing area. Website

Baby (Developmental) Massage

Buggies & Bikes
Massage works muscles and the joints, increases flexibility, you learn a lovely skill for life. Website

Baby Sign class

Independent Place Nursery
Learn to sign with your baby and ease communication before thay can talk. This hour-long class includes singing as well as a playtime afterwards. Website

La Pajara Pinta Spanish Sing Along

Gofit Studio,
The group enables children to learn Spanish through playing. For those with a Spanish or Latin American background it's a great opportunity to maintain their cultural roots and traditions. The emphasis is on traditional games, songs, rhymes, poems and stories, from all the Spanish speaking countries. Website

About Dalston

Dalston is a district of east London, located in the London Borough of Hackney. It is situated 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Charing Cross. Its historical borders are Kingsland Road and Kingsland High Street in the west, London Fields in the east, Downs Park Road in the north and the Shoreditch parish boundary in the south. Its main shopping street, Kingsland High Street, follows the route of the Roman Ermine Street, and has the road number A10. Modern Dalston is often seen as the area surrounding both sides of Kingsland High Street, even though some of the west side is within the London Borough of Islington. As such, it bestrides the main route north from the City of London. Contemporary Dalston is a lively neighbourhood with a varied population. Architecturally it is a mixture of 18th and 19th century terraced houses and 20th century council estates.

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