Visiting the Garden

2018 opening times


Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday: 11am – 10pm
Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
Thursday: 11am- 10pm
Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm

Christmas/New Year Garden Closure: Saturday 22 December, 2018 – Thursday 3 January, 2019 (reopening for the new season on Friday 4 January 2019)

Please note that at this time of the year, if the weather is very cold, wet or windy, we may close the Garden earlier than the times outlined above.


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.


The Garden is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies, although please be aware that we have a number of bark-chip paths.

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 and in winter mulled wine and spiced cider.

We serve freshly made soup using organic, seasonal vegetables from Hackney’s ‘Growing Communities’ alongside Irish Soda Bread which we bake here at the Garden every day.

Cakes are currently baked at the Garden using our fresh seasonal herbs where possible.

We support Hackney’s local economy by sourcing our drinks and other supplies where we can from Hackney and East London suppliers, including East London Brewing Company and Square Root Sodas and on weekends we serve pastries freshly baked daily by our neighbours at The Dusty Knuckle Bakery.

The income from the cafe is the primary funding source for the Garden and our 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 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 and if you can, please do make a donation using our bee and ladybird donation boxes – every little bit helps the Garden thrive!

No alcohol can be brought in for consumption in the Garden.

Wine, beer, cider etc are available from our licensed cafe.


‘Latto’s Pizzas’ serve freshly made sourdough pizzas from the Garden’s wood-fired oven on Fridays until Sundays in Spring, Summer and in early Autumn.

Use of the Garden for private parties & picnics

We are unable to hire the Garden, Pineapple House or covered space for private parties, nor are we able to take reservations for tables or areas in the Garden.

As the garden is a relatively small space and is used by a lot of people, it’s not the best venue for celebration parties for larger groups of more than 10 people, as there is just not enough space to accommodate everyone. Smaller gatherings are welcome to set up picnics at the bottom of the garden where there is more space. All alcohol must be purchased at our cafe garden and all picnic rubbish has to be taken home with you at the end of your visit. We ask everyone to be mindful that the garden is a shared public space.

Pavilion and Pineapple House

We have a big wooden pavilion for shelter from rain with lots of tables and chairs.

There are also hot water bottles and blankets for keeping warm.

The ‘Pineapple House’ is a large conservatory greenhouse with a wood-burning stove, which everyone is welcome to enjoy in Winter (unless there is a workshop or community meeting booked in to the space.)


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’.