Visiting the Garden
Opening times are Monday – Sunday, 11am – 7pm
As the weather gets warmer, we will start to open later in the evenings and by June the Garden will be open most evenings until 11pm.
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.
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 and we also regularly sell cakes by Coco&Me who also sells her delicious baked treats every Saturday from her stall on Broadway Market.
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 Brewery’ and’Square Root Sodas’.
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.
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’.