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Visiting the Garden

Current Opening times

Garden and Cafe opening times October

Mondays:                                    Garden closed
Tuesdays:                                    2pm – 10pm (last entrance 9pm) 
Wednesdays :                             2pm – 10pm (last entrance 9pm) 
Thursdays:                                  2pm – 10pm (last entrance 9pm) 
Fridays:                                       2pm – 10pm (last entrance 9pm) 
Saturdays:                                  2pm – 10pm (last entrance 9pm) 
Sundays:                                     2pm – 7pm (last entrance 6pm) 

Please note that due to restrictions and special arrangements related to COVID-19, that can often change at short notice, we may have to change our advertised opening times at short notice. As an outdoor venue, we also may have to close due to extreme weather condition. We recommend that you always check here for updates, before you set out on your journey to the Garden.  

Weekday mornings in the Garden on Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 1.30pm are set aside for community groups, in particularly those whose members have been shielding, or isolating or where the COVID emergency has been particularly impactful. The Garden is not open to the general public during these times. You can email us at info@dalstongarden.org to enquire about bringing your group. 

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.

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.

COVID Safety Measures

Our capacity for visitor numbers in the Garden is lower than normal, to reflect current safety guidelines. We do not operate a booking system, so please be aware that during busy times, in particular at the weekend, you may have to queue. We cannot accommodate groups of more than 6 people sitting together.  

We have been working hard over the last couple of months to completely redesign our entrance area, so everyone can adhere to social distancing guidelines. We now have two doors into the Garden – one ‘way in’ and one ‘way out’ and we are operating a one way system to enter the Garden, which is clearly signposted. 

Tables and chairs have been arranged by our team to allow for social distancing. We ask you to help us keep everyone safe, by not moving this furniture. 

We have provided sanitiser stations in the entrance area, all clearly marked, which we encourage you to use on entering the Garden and throughout your visit.

We have a reduced number of toilets – one accessible and one cubicle. We ask you to queue, keeping social distance, behind the signs. We have put in place additional cleaning regimes. 

We ask you to take all of your own rubbish home with you when you are leaving the Garden. 

The ‘Rule of 6’ means that we are unable to allow gatherings of more than 6 people, unless you are a family group of more than 6 people. 

All members of the public need to have left the Garden by 10pm nightly. This is now a legal requirement. 

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.

Our cafe serves tea, coffee, herbal drinks, beer, cider, wine, our own fresh lemonade and sodas and in winter mulled wine and spiced cider.

We normally bake our own cakes at the Garden, using fresh seasonal produce and when possible, herbs from the Garden. Our kitchen is currently closed for refurbishment, so our cakes will be supplied by the wonderful Belle Epoque Patisserie from Newington Green. 

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 , Five Points Brewery and Square Root Sodas  

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 Dalston Eastern Curve Garden Ltd, a not-for-profit  social enterprise, 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
Due to current COVID safety guidelines, we are unable to host birthday parties or group gatherings. 

Pavilion and Pineapple House
Due to current COVID safety guidelines and special measures, we are currently unable to give access to these spaces. 

Pizzas
Latto’s Pizzas’ serve pizzas from our wood-fired oven on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm.

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’!