Dalston Area Guide
Dalston can be found in the London Borough of Hackney. It is home to the largest parish church in London, St Mark’s Church (known fondly by the locals as “the Cathedral of the East End”), it can host a congregation of up to 2000 people!
Dalston is home to two local markets, Ridley Road Market (Albert Square from Eastenders was actually based on this market!), which has been around since the end of the 1880s and offers a vibrant and unique experience with international flavours from around the world specialising in Afro-Caribbean, Asian and European goods. The other local market is Old Dalston Market, which is Hackney’s largest indoor vintage market, ideal for people looking for a bargain. Ridley Road Market is open Monday- Saturday and the Old Dalston Market is monthly.
Dalston has gained the reputation as being one of the ‘coolest’ areas in North East London as it has endless trendy bars, restaurants and cafes, whilst still having vintage shops, so there is something for everyone here. London Field has an Olympic-sized outdoor heated pool that is open all year round and if it’s sunny is a large sunbathing area! Victoria Park is close by too, it has a pretty boating lake, excellent café (Pavilion Café) and children’s play areas. If you happen to be there during the summer, the park always hosts an array of festivals including Lovebox.
Travel has gotten much better in Dalston thanks to the London 2012 Olympics as the council reopened the London Overground Station, Dalston Junction so there is that station along with Dalston Kingsland on the Overground network too. As Dalston was used to only having one station in the city, buses have been the preferred mode of transport having over 10 routes passing through so you are never far from a bus route!Primary Schools in Dalston
Secondary Schools in Dalston
- London Fields Primary School
- Queensbridge Primary School
- Holy Trinity Church of England
- Colvestone Primary School
- Hackney New School (Mixed)
- The Petchey Academy (Mixed)