Visiting the Garden

2019 opening times

The Garden opens daily 12 months of the year, 11am – 7pm, and we have extended evening openings til 10pm on several nights, depending on the season, so please check below before visiting the Garden.

November 2019

Mondays:           11am – 7pm
Tuesdays:           11am – 7pm

Wednesdays:    11am – 10pm
Thursdays:        11am – 10pm
Fridays:              11am – 1opm
Saturdays:         11am – 10pm
Sundays:            11am – 10pm

December 2019
* The Garden will close at 10pm on Saturday 21 December for Christmas holidays and reopen on Friday 3 January 2020 at 11am.

Mondays:           11am – 7pm
Tuesdays:           11am – 7pm

Wednesdays:    11am – 10pm
Thursdays:        11am – 10pm
Fridays:              11am – 1opm
Saturdays:         11am – 10pm
Sundays:            11am – 10pm

January 2020
The Garden will be closed on Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 January and on Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 January. We will reopen as normal on Thursday 9 January at 11am. 

Mondays:           11am – 7pm
Garden closed on Monday 6 January

Tuesdays:           11am – 7pm
Garden closed on Tuesday 7 January

Wednesdays:    11am – 10pm
Garden closed on Wednesdays 1 & 8 January

Thursdays:        11am – 10pm
Garden closed on Thursday 2 January 

Fridays:              11am – 1opm
Saturdays:         11am – 10pm
Sundays:            11am – 10pm

Location

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.

Access
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 income from our Garden Cafe is the primary funding source for the Garden. This income enables us to open the Garden  7 days a week for 12 months of the year. The proceeds also pay for our gardening and education programmes and community events.

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 fresh breads from Dalston’s Dusty Knuckle and Ararat bakeries.

We bake our own Cakes at the Garden, using fresh seasonal produce and when possible, herbs from the Garden.

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 breakfast pastries and bread freshly baked daily by our neighbours at The Dusty Knuckle Bakery.

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!

The Cafe and Garden are managed by the social enterprise ‘Grow Cook Eat’, set up by two Dalston residents who were part of the team who established the Garden in 2010. All of the people who work in our cafe team are paid employees and the Garden is a London Living Wage employer.

Alcohol in the Garden
The Garden is a licensed premise and we sell wine, beer, cider etc are available from our licensed cafe.

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

Hire of the Garden for private parties
We are a community garden, so we are open to the public every day for everyone to enjoy. This means we are unable to hire the Garden, Pineapple House or covered space for weddings or for private parties.

Reserving tables
We are unable to reserve tables in the Garden or in any of our covered spaces.

Birthday parties and gatherings
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. We recommend that you check out some of Hackney’s parks which can accommodate more people, such as London Fields, Hackney Downs or Haggerston Park.

Smaller gatherings are welcome to set up picnics at the bottom of the garden where there is more space, but please ensure that every one in your group is reminded that all alcohol must be purchased at our cafe bar and that 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. For children’s parties, parents must ensure that they are responsible for their children at all times.

Pavilion and Pineapple House
We have a big wooden pavilion for shelter from rain with a limited number of tables and chairs. This area is not suitable for groups as space is limited.

There are 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 or on wet days. Unfortunately due to limited space, we are unable to accommodate visitors working on laptops or bringing picnics in. Please note that if there is a workshop or community meeting booked in to the space, this space is not available for general use.

Pizzas
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. They take a break during the winter months.

Dogs
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’!