The best bits of Dalston
18 reasons to go to Kingsland Road, E2 & E8
Between the hip hubs of Shoreditch and Dalston runs the ever-changing Kingsland Road: a 20-minute-walk’s worth of standout bars, shops and restaurants which far too many Londoners overlook as an arid schlep. Originally the thoroughfare connected London to the village of Kingsland. Then the village was engulfed by Dalston, with only the road’s name left as a reminder. And just as the area around it has changed, so had the road itself. The old manor houses were replaced by industrial buildings which have since been converted into apartments. Immigration from the late 1940s brought new cultural influences: you’ll first walk up the ‘Pho Mile’ of Vietnamese restaurants before hitting the Turkish kebab shops and Afro-Caribbean food stores. The result is a patchwork of culture and class that’s quintessential London. At some point in the last decade, the general smartening up of east London made Kingsland Road a destination rather than just a corridor. You’ll still wander past fried chicken shops, dodgy looking electronics stores and car-part outlets but you’ll also find a new bar, café or boutique store opening every few weeks. It’s far from being the prettiest road in London but it’s certainly one of the most exciting. Skip the bus and take a stroll: you might just be surprised. Drink this A post shared by Hannah Tomlinson-Roe (@hannahtomlinsonroe) on Mar 13, 2017 at 11:49am PDT Cocktails like you’ve never drunk them before at Untitled Bar. It’s booze as a fine ar
12 reasons to go to Shacklewell Lane in Hackney, E8
If Shacklewell lane feels like less of a lane and more of a self-contained hamlet, it’s probably because that’s how it began life back in the fifteenth century.There were natural springs (or ‘wells’) in the area, and this Hackney street is named after these. There are no wells around nowadays, but it has a wealth of other amenities such as a cinema, eateries, a yoga studio and a tree-lined green where you can head with a coffee or sandwich for some peace. And because you’re sufficiently far from the hugely popular, hugely busy Kingsland High Street, you’re even likely to find a bar with a spare seat at any given time. You heard me right: you’re in east London, but you have room to breathe. Wedged neatly between Rectory Road, Dalston Kingsland and Hackney Downs stations, Shacklewell Lane brings together people from the multicultural melting pot of Dalston with young parent types of Stoke Newington and artists from Hackney. The official vibe is easy-going: this is the kind of place you go to find homemade houmous at cosy café Mouse & de Lotz, or discover up-and-coming bands in the backroom of The Shacklewell Arms, followed by a stroll to Akin Supermarket to ease the hangover with their selection of Turkish biscuits. What’s more, Shacklewell Lane is free of chains – except for a fancy Nando’s on its Dalston corner – so offers a bevy of unique experiences. All you have to do is discover them. Drink this A photo posted by Cheechee (@blahdiduh) on Jun 19, 2016 at 5:25am
Restaurants in Dalston
Bars and pubs in Dalston
Hotels in Dalston
Looking rather more like a shop than a hotel, with an Indian restaurant downstairs, Avo lies in the heart of Dalston, close to the Overground station, Dalston Curve Garden and hotspots like music venue Café Oto. Rooms are ‘bijou’ in estate agent-speak, but have tea- and coffee-making facilities, and bathrooms are supplied with Elemis toiletries and dressing gowns. Indian takeaways can be ordered to your room.
Premier Inn London Hackney
Just a minute’s walk to Dalston Junction Overground, this Premier Inn is in a modern, if undistinguished, block with comfortable, spacious accommodation, and the added benefit of Hypnos beds and power showers. With prices starting from just over £50 per room, and free breakfast for kids, this is one of cheapest options in the area. Wifi is free, and there’s parking nearby from £7.20 per day.
A traditional chippie steeped in history. Happy Days is not only the location of one of the Jack the Ripper murders, but also the site where the notorious killer scrawled a message in chalk. Unfortunately this vital piece of evidence was wiped away by a Victorian bobby before the photographer got there, but you'll still see tour groups stopping off to have a ganders while you're eating your meal. Speaking of which: good ol' fish and chips is their MO here, with cod, halibut, rock salmon, skate, plaice and haddock to choose from. You can also get scampi, calamari, white bait, grilled king prawns, saveloy (of course) and spring rolls, amongst other options.
Venue says: “Jack the Ripper Tours offer – 20% of your total bill. Lunch or dinner before your tour, where Jack the Ripper left his clues.”