Visiting the Garden

2019 opening times

The Garden is open from 11am – 7pm every day throughout the year and with later opening on most nights in the summer months.  Additional mights are added in each month, as the days get longer.

July & August 2019

Mondays: 11am – 7pm

Tuesdays: 11am – 7pm

Tuesdays: 7-11pm Entrance to the Garden on Tuesday nights is for Woodburner Music only and is ticketed. For ticket prices and availability go to: woodburnermusic.co.uk

Wednesdays: 11am- 10pm

Thursdays: 11am – 10pm

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 is what enables us to keep the Garden open 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.

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.

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.

Please note, no alcohol can be brought in for consumption in the Garden.

Hire of the Garden for private parties

We are a community garden, open to the public every day, so 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. 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’!