Visiting the Garden
Current Opening times
Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday: 11am – 9pm
Wednesday: 11am – 9pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 11pm
Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday, 11am – 10pm
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 Lena Ghaninejad who specialises with Persian flavours.
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.
We work with ‘Latto’s Pizzas’ who serve freshly made sourdough pizzas from the Garden’s wood-fired oven on Fridays from 6pm and Saturdays & Sundays from 3pm.
Use of the Garden for private parties & picnics
We are unable to take reservations for tables or areas in the Garden – we recommend that you just turn up.
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. 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 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, blankets and Stanley the Cat 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 meeting booked in to the space.)
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’.