Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

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.


Venue name: Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
Address: 13
Dalston Lane
E8 3DF
Transport: Dalston Junction Overground
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Neil K

This is a great community garden and covered event space, tucked away behind a door to the left of the Dalston Peace Carnival Mural (as seen on the cover of Rudimental's debut album). The Curve Garden has come a long way over the years since it initially started out as 'Dalston Mill' while milling their own bread. The garden has since been properly tidied up and landscaped and is now used to grow herbs and plants, and there is now also a small stage at the end for use in the summer months. The main covered area is home to a bar and pizza oven and they have a mixed assortment of event offerings from live music nights to a jack o'lantern pumpkin festival which they hosted last Halloween. It has become increasingly popular over the years so it is worth checking out the website for the latest and getting down there early! There is a small entrance fee cover charge for some events but many are also free.

Mer A

It's not just an ordinary garden but boasts the close human contact and love through nature; it is your own adventure or a shared experience-always someone to chat with and adore flowers with! #amazingcake#lattospizzas

Lorna C

Escape the city through a small doorway in Dalston to find the most extraordinary 'Narnia-like' oasis... a joyfully rambling, inclusive and cared for community garden with space to run around, hang out, chat, create, drink tea or snuggle up. Bursting with character and the legacy of numerous creative projects with adults and children. People of all ages and backgrounds can mingle, reconnect with nature and get involved with the local community. Grounding, creative and truly inspirational (thanks to Marie & Bryan, & brilliant volunteers). Come with an open mind... and I highly recommend volunteering!

Peter M

An amazing place. A real oasis in the middle of a very busy city. The plants are well looked after by a really dedicated team of volunteers. The cafe and bar are also manned by friendly and helpful staff. The workshops are wide and varied for local schools and everyone alike.
Always something happening and this "Halloweek" extravaganza of pumpkin lantern making is no exception! If you haven't been yet I thoroughly recommend a visit.

Simon W

FANTASTIC venue, you go behind the door here and cannot believe what awaits you. Chilled out lovely little venue. Great Woodburner nights...

Andrew B

An atmospheric treat in the heart of busy Dalston. An autumnal get away, highly recommend to all!!

Rosemary K

Most charming place to come to in the neighbourhood, excellent resources and workshops for the local community. Fantastic food and drink, beautiful and magical garden. Best staff too!

christine c

The plants are so well maintained and the space is calming and vibrant with excellent events.

Suzanne B

Fabulous community hidden gem of a lovingly tended community space which must be saved. What a brilliant place to go and relax in; an amazing tranquil atmosphere tucked away in the heart of bustling trendy Dalston

Cecilia G

A really special, natural space in a busy part of the city. Open to all. Equally magical in the day time &, lit up, at night. Offers live music, creative activities, play, food & drink. The staff are lovely.

Lydia C

An amazing green and friendly oasis in Dalston. Truly something for everyone, great balance of family and grown up lounging. Music, food, crafts, education and local support. There is very reason to love this place!

Sandra R

A collision of imagination, courage, love and inclusion, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden epitomizes all that is wonderful in Dalston bringing together the strong cultural heritage of the area with a love of gardening of people and the arts. The welcome is second to none, the coffee wonderful and there is always a surprise in this ever inventive and gloriously warm space. You somehow feel, for all it's popularity, that it is your very own special secret garden.

Theresa H

I love the curve garden - it has wonderful craft activities for children and it's a gorgeous place to enjoy a summer evennng

Natalie S

Looking for a moment of tranquility in the busyness and traffic and Dalston Junction? You've found it. Not for profit, community space that welcomes everyone - this is everything that's right about Hackney. Love it.

Martina K

It's like a separate dimension from the surroundings, wonderful place, so happy they don't serve meat at pizza nights


This is the best place in the whole city! I love it. It humanises London.


If you go down to Dalston today, you’re sure for a big surprise…

Anyone that has a real fondness for nature at its most enchanting, romantic and beautiful setting, I urge you to head on down to Dalston Curve Garden.

Tucked just across from Dalston Junction station, is what appears to be East London’s very own Narnia. Just without the wardrobe. But what it lacks in magical furniture, it makes up for in craft beers, wood-fire pizza and community spirit.

From June through to September, Tuesday nights are host to Woodburner music. The £5 entrance charge I feel should be better titled as a donation, as the money goes towards conserving the gardens. And as you wander through the decking and fairy-lit trees and discover how mesmerising it is, you come to realise just how incredible it feels to keep such a space alive.

These nights fill the air with a series of folk-inspired music. Blankets and benches surround the mini stage at the bottom of the garden – so your first priority is marking your land. Any Glastonbury fans will feel right at home, as the greenery is brought to life with acoustic rhythms and feel-good vibes. And if you’re up for a knees-up, expect to throw a few moves as people get up and dance along to the three performing acts as the evening progresses.

Next as you can imagine, is the extremely popular wood-fire pizza. And with limited space for cooking up Italian meets E8 feasts, it can be over an hour’s wait after ordering your margherita on busy nights. So I recommend that as soon as it opens, you queue to be one of the first to get your pizza orders in. They’re an extremely competitive £5 each, but only accept cash. The bar, however, serving pints at the same price, do take card. So it may be worth saving your dosh for your grub.

Dalston Curve Gardens are open all year round apparently, so you can visit the tranquil space at any time. Their website is really informative though, so check it out to make the most of your visit. However, it’s the Woodburner nights that make it a perfect place to spend your summer evenings. After all, they take place on a Tuesday. And Tuesday nights needed something cool like this.

Jessica C

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.

Sophie V

A green sanctuary in one of the most urban parts of London - peaceful, inspiring, beautiful: Dalston Eastern Curve we love you!

Flower A

Truly magical oasis in the Busy borough of Hackney. If you haven't been there yet make sure you go!!

Johnny M

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. 

Caroline M

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.

anna a

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.

Chlo Fo

Great community spirit embodied in a garden space tucked away from the hectic Dalston hubbub. This little venue has a lot going for it. A lovely little cafe serves homegrown food and delicious sweet treats. We hired the greenhouse to run a craft workshop and it's a great space; bright, spacious and has a homely wood burning stove meaning it's available al year round.

lynsey d

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.

Lilian R

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!

Katy J

One of my favourite places in London, so nice to have this haven, full of community spirit :)

Danielle J

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!

rosso e

an enchanted garden tucked in the middle of city chaos, to restore your soul and mind

Ruth N

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

Breige C

Amazing green space for children and adults. Always a friendly welcome, great events. Wonderful meeting place for the community if Dalston hackney and beyond.

Abi F

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! :)

Graciela W

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.

John C

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.

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