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5 of the best places to visit in Dalston

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11 January 2018 | Location

Located in the heart of the London Borough of Hackney, Dalston has its very own, diverse culture to be enjoyed.

For those who haven't visited the area before, or for something a bit different, we've highlighted some of the best places to visit below:


Rio Cinema

Dating back as far as 1909, the Rio Cinema was one of London's first ever cinemas celebrating the Art Deco movement and the grade 2 listed building has been a permanent fixture in Dalston ever since.

As well as being a conventional cinema for current film showings, Rio also doubles up as a community hub and can be hired out for birthday parties.

Hackney Downs Studios

Located off Amhurst Road, Hackney Downs Studios is a cultural hub offering studio space to more than 100 independent creative businesses.

The studios help to revive the unused space in London and provide a diverse celebration of East London culture and creativity, with events scheduled routinely. They bring together like-minded people who love to share ideas and innovations and who thrive off the creative atmosphere.

The venue is home to the Autumn Yard, Hackney Downs Market and Hackney Showroom to name only a few.


Clissold Park

A well-loved local green open space which has been in existence since the 1800s, Clissold Park is used by dog-walkers, joggers, cyclists, nature lovers and families all through the year.

Facilities include a cafe, playground, tennis courts, butterfly dome and an organic market garden.


Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Open seven days a week, 12 months a year, the Curve Garden is a free-to-enter oasis of all things outdoors.

Nestled in one of the most built up areas of London, the public green space has its own cafe and pizza oven for visitors. The gardens host numerous events, workshops and volunteering opportunities throughout the calendar year to help the community with social, economic and health benefits and provide much needed open space for residents. 


Arcola Theatre

Locally engaged and internationally minded, Arcola Theatre presents plays, operas and musicals featuring both established and emerging talents.

Now one of London's leading off-West End theatres, Arcola describes itself as being world-class, diverse and sustainable.


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