Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is named so not because it curves – although it does, round to a leafy, tranquil setting hidden behind Dalston's hectic junction. It's named after the old Eastern Curve railway line that it's situated on. The old tracks, which are no longer there, once joined Dalston Junction station to the a goods yard and the Northern Line (we wish it still did too).
Here residents (and those willing to travel) can settle down for a sip of juice or coffee from the café on one of the benches that are nestled amongst the shrubbery – although these are snapped up quickly – or at the tables nearer the entrance. Fresh produce comes straight from the garden, all the vegetable beds of which are maintained by locals. The garden also plays host to gardening, craft and children's workshops.
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Despite working for years under constant threat of closure, the formidable self-sacrificing pair helped found and now run this place, just off one of the most hectic high streets in the UK, have created not only a beautiful and nourishing garden but a profoundly needed place to commune with one another and peacefully with nature, an unexpected soul restoring haven in heart of the hectic city.
A green sanctuary in one of the most urban parts of London - peaceful, inspiring, beautiful: Dalston Eastern Curve we love you!
Truly magical oasis in the Busy borough of Hackney. If you haven't been there yet make sure you go!!
The garden is an oasis of calm in the middle of a lively, bustling street. A hotbed of community in an area undergoing dramatic change. Somewhere i feel welcomed with all the warmth of a rural town in the middle of a massive city.
Last night I had the pleasure of attending Woodburner and was blown away by the venue, the vibe and the awesome artists on stage. The evening was introduced by Theo Bard, who I believe curates the acts. He has impeccable taste. Its a bit "folky" and that totally suits the bohemian crowd who show appreciation by offering up silence when the music gets quiet. It all felt like a mini Cambridge Folk Festival or a hidden stage at Wilderness . What's totally amazing is that this wonderful garden with its wandering paths and curious covered areas is just a stones throw from Dalston Junction.
Woodburner is a total find.
Gorgeous community-run haven of peace and quiet. With a nice selection of garden-related activities at the weekend if you're the active type. I prefer to relax in the fairy lit garden or semi-outdoor cafe with a cider or a cuppa.
I come here to find inspiration, relax and get in touch with nature - and as a plus, I always get smiles from people that I don't know. The carved stone faces that peer among the flowers and foliage are delightful, and so are the cakes.
Simply awesome live music in urban-rural, slightly hippy, totally bonkers setting
Love it !
we have been coming here for years and we feel truly lucky that this space, with it's activities, peace and quiet and lovely people running it have made and continue to make a positive impact on our lives. Long live the Curve Garden.
Dalston Eastern Curve is a unique and beautiful green outdoor space that has been transformed from a piece of wasteland over many years by the volunteers who put all their hearts and sweat into creating this oasis with home grown vegetables, flowering plants and trees in the concrete frenzy of Dalston. It has been our favourite place to meet up and take part in seasonal art and craft activities with my childen for many years and now that we have moved out of the city still is the place we always come back to. The couple that run it are very dedicated and welcoming to one and all even if you just come to sit in the garden and enjoy the tranquility and relax on one of the many sofa's with a blanket and a hot water bottle. There is a little cafe serving teas and home made cakes and other beverages. At the weekend delicious sourdough pizza is baked in their outdoor pizza oven. The Pineapple house is a conservatory with a woodburning stove to warm up and do some art and craft at the big table or lounge on a bean bag. The reason it works so well for me is that the children can play and create things while we can connect with our community and relax with a cup of tea. We feel so loved and connected when we go there. A home away from home!
This is such a hidden gem. I just feel happy every time I go there. In the hustle and bustle of London's busy streets, this is a calm oasis, for everyone. I just love it!
The Curve is in the grand old London tradition of small, hidden spaces, discovered by accident,& hugged to oneself as a delicious secret, to be revealed with a flourish,to friends & family, like a wonderful piece of magic.City mayhem just disappears as you walk thru the door, to be replaced by birdsong & breezes through the branches. Long may this perfect oasis remain :-D
Amazing green space for children and adults. Always a friendly welcome, great events. Wonderful meeting place for the community if Dalston hackney and beyond.
It's my favourite place to visit on a Saturday. It's peaceful and just beautiful. Everyone is so friendly and they host such wonderful events. Nothing quite like it! :)
The Curve Garden has to be one of my favorite places to go with the kids. The space is fantastic for them to run around, winter or summer and I like the fact I can let them run off while I have a coffee, read a paper or have a chat with others visitors. We don't have a garden, and this is the closest thing we've got to it. It's such a brilliant place for so many reasons. The work shops are great, the night times are great and the people who run it have done an amazing job.
As a local and a parent, this venue hits all my pleasure spots. A welcoming, safe but adventurous place for children to play, learn and be with their parents and friends; for old hippies such as me, its organic, cool and so laid back I fall over frequently. Great for a gathering with friends or community group to do business, enjoy wine, coffees and snacks, and chat without any commercial pressure. A jewel in the heart of Hackney.
An awesome outside space which has transformed this piece of land into a magical social garden venue!
A lovely retreat from the hustle (just hustle) of London and although it's only small, they also offer lots of great activities for families and adults alike. This is my 'getaway' place and I often pop in for a little break from everything dalston.
amazing little secret gem of a place -amazing friendly staff and owners and hidden little taste of bein away fro it all..
I love the new wave of community gardens in London and this is my local. It also happens to be one of the very best. There's a steep little garden with nooks where you can eat your lunch or sip coffee or play. And a magical covered area with a basic but well-stocked bar (coffee, nice cider etc). Imaginative events and crafty stuff take place in the room nextdoor. A lovely place. Always makes me feel happy, whatever the weather.
Beautiful venue, great ambiance and relaxed vibe.
100% a great hang out after dark under the fairy lights...
Best community garden in London. Love the cafe and the little details. Perfect end to a romantic date.
This is an enchanted secret garden tucked away in a tiny nook off Dalston Lane. It has a real sense of community about the place - having now become a regular visitor. The garden is always alive with activity - such as the recent pumpkin lantern festival, but with plenty of space for peace and quiet. It is also a great date place!
Amazing venue, very bad management!! Don't get there after 9pm or you'll be charged and will not see the gig you're after.. Motivation: the music's too loud to be played outdoor...what a shame!!!