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Things to do in Dalston

Welcome to East London’s naughty little secret – not Shoreditch, no, not even Hoxton. Step right up to the electric jambalaya that is Dalston.

Follow our Dalston taxi driver’s guide to unearth the achingly hip, the chillest of the chill and also a few of the areas’ more colourful spots.

Just like no-one really know where Dalston ends and Haggerston or Stoke Newington begin. No-one is completely sure exactly when Dalston became so utterly cool – although common knowledge holds it was probably sometime around 2009.

And because London and her many denizens are such a fickle crowd, it also stands to reason it stopped being cool about five minutes later. But fear not intrepid traveller because although some of the darling hipsters may have long since scattered, we have it on good authority that Dalston most definitely is still cool.

From the end of Kingsland Road down to Ridley Road Market (the supposed inspiration for “Eastenders” own fictional ‘Walford Market’), this lively area of East London has an absolute wealth of great bars, clubs, restaurants and pop-ups to satisfy even the most discerning of trendsetters.

Dalston – if you’re not sure – sits somewhere in the borough of Hackney. It began life as a hamlet on the Roman road we now know as the Kingsland Rd and was most likely at some stage, little more than a farm.

Today it includes two overground services (Kingsland & Junction), both of which provide transport links that reach all across London. Making it not only trendy, but uncharacteristically accessible also.

A lot of Dalston’s kudos – much like neighbouring Shoreditch – came from the fact that it was a bit run down (and therefore cheap to live in), but still in possession of a vibrant and multicultural demographic. It housed (and still does) a group of people who were completely proud of their corner of London, regardless of outside opinion.

Sadly – like all ‘gentrified’ areas – the first to react to its rising popularity were the gluttonous minds behind London’s infamous property market. Which is why Dalston now costs approximately 8% more than the average London district to live in.

Like anywhere though, you shouldn’t let the chatter bother you. Follow our Dalston taxi driver’s guide to uncover as many local treats and hotspots as you can during your time here. All you’ll need is an Addison Lee to get you started.

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