Visiting the Garden

December 2014 Opening Times

Monday – Wednesday 11am – 6pm (cafe closes at 5.30pm)
Thursday 11am – 10pm (cafe closes at 9.30pm)
Friday & Saturday 11am – 11pm (cafe closes at 10.30pm)
Sunday 11am – 10pm. (cafe closes at 9.30pm)

Please note at this time of the year, if weather conditions are extremely bad, the Garden and cafe may close early.

Christmas/New Year Garden closing: Monday 21 December 2014 -Thursday 7 January 2015

Entrance to the Garden is free at all times.


Entrance to the Garden is located next to the Hackney Peace Carnival Mural, at 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF

Getting to the Garden

The Garden is two minutes walk from Dalston Junction Overground and about five minutes walk from Dalston Kingsland Overground stations.

Buses 30, 38, 56, 242 and 277 stop just outside  the Garden and 67, 76, 149 and 243 all stop on nearby Kingsland High Street.

There are bike racks outside the Garden next to the Mural and you can also bring your bike inside to lock up.


The Garden is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies.

There is an accessible toilet on site.

Garden Cafe

The cafe serves tea, coffee, herbal drinks, beer, cider, wine, our own fresh lemonade and sodas.  Cakes, sandwiches and salads are also available. We source most of these from Hackney and East London suppliers, including ‘Hackney Food Growers Kitchen’, ‘East London Brewery’, ‘Square Root Sodas’ and ‘Lickalix Lollies’

The income from the cafe is the primary funding source for the Garden and all its gardening and education programmes and community events. The Cafe and Garden are  managed by the social enterprise ‘Grow Cook Eat’, set up by Dalston residents who helped establish the Garden in 2010.

You are also welcome to bring your own picnic or packed lunch to eat in the Garden – we just ask you to take your rubbish with you when you leave.

We ask that no alcohol is brought into the Garden, – wine, beer, cider etc are available from our licensed cafe.

Pavilion and Pineapple House

We have a big wooden pavilion for shelter from rain with lots of tables and chairs and the Garden’s ‘Pineapple House’ is a large conservatory greenhouse with a wood-burning stove, which everyone is welcome to enjoy in Winter. There are also hot water bottles, blankets and Stanley the Cat for keeping warm.

The Garden has free WiFi, just ask for the password.


You are welcome to bring your dog to the Garden, but we ask that you keep it on a lead at all times, keep it away from food-growing beds and of course, ‘poop scoop’.