Guide to Dalston

Outlined in The London Plan as a major centre of Central London, and further benefitting from the 2012 Olympics, Dalston has changed considerably in recent years. Investment and regeneration has led to stronger property demand, and the extension of the East London Line makes it simple to get around town. In 2009, Dalston was named “the coolest place to live” in Britain by The Guardian.

Kingsland High Street is the spine of Dalston, incorporating a barrage of independent coffee shops and bars with a select mix of high street regulars. Ridley Road Market, in situ since the 1880’s, is a kaleidoscope of culture and history with a warm infectious atmosphere.

At the weekend, Dalston is a cornucopia of style with a varied and celebrated nightlife. From local jazz to independent theatre, unlike many areas of the capital, there is a wealth of options to choose from rather than just bars and clubs, but there are plenty of them too! Although the recent gentrification of the area has led to an increase in property prices, there is some great value for people to get their hands on in Dalston. Classic 18th and 19th Century terraces dominate the area and many large Victorian and Georgian properties have been split into flats – perfect for the media types and young professionals who love the area. On the other hand, in Queensbridge Quarter and Dalston Square, there are large amounts of new build flats and apartments many of which have been constructed as affordable housing. Dalston remains unflinchingly popular with London’s in-crowd but with a drastic improvement of the local schools, many young families are drawn to the area. It seems that Dalston is in fact an appealing prospect to anyone looking to settle in East London.

With such a vibrant nightlife, Dalston is full of great pubs, bars and eateries. Here are some of our favourites.



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