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BAD Manners got a night bus there; Razorlight struggled to stop their girlfriend going back. Little wonder Dalston leaves its mark on popular culture, with its vibrant nightlife and cross-cultural mix.

Dalston peace mural on Dalston Lane

Described by Italian Vogue as 'the coolest place in the UK', Dalston is home to scores of creative industries and cultural organisations from architects and web designers, to theatres and music studios. At its centre is Ridley Road Market –  first opened in the 1880s – which offers a range of foods from Asia, Africa, Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Visitors come from far and wide to experience what the area has to offer, such as the award-winning Arcola Theatre, the Vortex Jazz Club, the buzzing artist and exhibition space of Gillett Square, as well as a host of pop-up shops, installations, and galleries.

It’s also home to some of the capital’s most exciting restaurants, cafés and nightclubs including Dalston Superstore, a key pioneer that turned a high street shop into a bonkers playground for East Londoners and kick started the area's buzzing nightlife.

With the opening of a London Overground station at Dalston Junction in May 2010, and the link to Highbury & Islington in February 2011, Dalston is now connected to the four corners of the capital.

A Brooks Art

SITUATED in a former florists in Hoxton Street, A Brooks Art is a new exhibition space adding to East London's thriving art scene. The beautiful 100-year-old shop front houses an art gallery, resource hub, archive and event space.

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A Little Bit of What You Fancy

LOCATED in Dalston, A Little Of What You Fancy offers meals in the tradition of authentic British food and cooking. The snug, candlelit restaurant often explores new flavours and is known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

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A Little Bit of What You Fancy

A-side B-side Gallery

SITUATED in creative complex Hackney Downs Studios on Amhurst Terrace, A-side B-side is an artist-run gallery, project and studio space. It hosts exhibitions, events and workshops for creatives.

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Age UK Hackney

CHARITY Age UK Hackney aims to promote the well-being of all older people and support them in making later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience. Based in Dalston Lane, it offers a programme of activities including computer training, walks, exercise and healthy living activities.

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Alibi

BAR and micro-club in Dalston with a diverse array of DJ as well as karaoke nights, record fairs and film nights. This late opening, small basement venue is free, so it gets rammed quickly.

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Alibi

All Nations Cafe

THE All Nations Cafe offers good food at reasonable prices in a warm and relaxed setting. Choose from pastries, cakes, sandwiches, salads, teas and coffees, plus a Sunday lunch that is billed as 'the best in Dalston'.

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An Viet Foundation

AN advice centre for members of the Vietnamese community. Services and activities on offer include welfare advice, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL pre-entry), daycare centre, lunch club, table tennis and mahjong club.

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Anderson's Bakery

FAMILY-run Anderson's Bakery is still serving up traditional bread and cakes, just as it has done for over 160 years. Almost everything is handmade on the premises by the family.

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Arcola Theatre

THIS Dalston-based studio theatre has been a pioneering force of both drama and sustainable technology since it was founded in 2000, and has developed a reputation for creative excellence and social conscience. The Arcola has staged work by some of the world's most acclaimed actors, writers and directors, including productions by William Gaskill, Ariel Dorfman and Frank McGuinness.

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Avo Hotel

THIS cute hotel is a welcome addition to Dalston. Despite its small size, most rooms have king size beds with a memory foam mattress, ensuite bathroom with sparkling black tiles and chrome fittings.

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Barden's café

THIS former nightclub reopened as a street level bar and cafe in 2010, offering fresh food, drinks and the odd DJ set. It is far more sedate than The Nest, which keeps the clubbing vibe alive in the basement below, so more suited for a fairly quiet drink and meeting place.

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Britannia Leisure Centre

LOCATED on Hyde Road in Shoreditch, Britannia Leisure Centre has a range of facilities including a climbing wall, five-a-side football pitch, and swimming pool with wave machine. The sports centre offers a wide range of sports lessons and courses for juniors and adults.

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Cafe Olive

CAFE Olive is a cute little local eatery in the De Beauvoir area of Hackney, offering homemade savoury treats, cakes, tea and coffee. It is also open in the evening and available for hire, with seating for up to 12 people inside and six outside.

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Cafe Olive

Café Oto

TAKING its name from the Japanese word for ‘sound’ and ‘noise’, Dalston’s Café Oto welcomes some of the world’s most avant-garde, creative and adventurous performers. It was also named the coolest venue in the UK by Italian Vogue.

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Circle Collective

Circle Collective is an independent retail store with a difference – everything you buy supports a young person going into work. Stocking independent designers and niche brands, Circle Collective is a great place to discover unique collections and support new fashion designers.

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Circle Collective

Comet Nursery School & Children's Centre

THIS nursery and children's centre in Hoxton offers play activities, healthy living programmes for parents and children, and parenting workshops. The centre was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2015.

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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

BUILT on the site of a disused railway line, this semi-secret garden is hidden behind hoardings next to Dalston's famous peace mural. Trees and shrubs including hazel, hawthorn and birch have been planted alongside butterfly bushes, bracken and other plants to attract wildlife.

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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Dalston Jazz Bar

THE original retro jazz bar in Dalston opened 15 years ago and now provides an exciting fusion of jazz and contemporary music. It holds jamming sessions on Wednesdays, comedy on Thursdays, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays with DJs to 5am.

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Dalston Roof Park

A ROOFTOP oasis in the middle of bustling Dalston with great views of the capital. Nestled amongst Victorian buildings and facing city skyscrapers, Dalston’s only rooftop garden offers a chance to relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape differently.

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Dalston Roof Park

Dalston Superstore

SEXY, sleazy, retro and all things trashy – Dalston Superstore is one of the key new breed of micro-clubs in the borough. In the basement of this former high street shop, DJs thrash out electronica, house, classic and new disco, with a smattering of old school R&B nights.

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Dalston Superstore

Doomed Gallery

DOOMED Gallery is a photography and visual exhibition space in Dalston. It works closely with students, community collectives, photographers and visual artists to support new and emerging practitioners who are exploring photography.

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Doomed Gallery

Efes Pool Club and Bar

THIS popular late night Dalston haunt is a snooker hall and entertainment venue combined, hosting club nights, live gigs and events run by independent promoters.

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Efes Pool Club and Bar

Farm:SHOP

THIS urban food hub, cafe and arts venue comes complete with a mini 'aquaponic' fish farm, rooftop chicken coops, indoor allotments and a polytunnel. Once a derelict shop in Dalston Lane, it was transformed into 'the world's first urban farming hub' in 2011 by Something & Son, an eco-social design practice.

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Farm:SHOP

Fashion dot Gallery

FASHION dot Gallery in Dalston specialises in handmade African prints, bridal and party wear, as well as European styles. They offer a bespoke tailoring service, advice on fabrics and designs, and how to style and accessories outfits.

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Fashion dot Gallery

Fee Fee La Fou

AN artist inspired, concept boutique that makes curious products for curious people. Fee Fee La Fou's Dalston hub sells original art works, limited edition prints, bespoke furniture, jewellery and designer homeware.

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Gillett Square

SITUATED in the heart of Dalston, opposite Ridley Road Market, this public urban space hosts a range of free events. With clubs, record shops and bars surrounding Gillett Square, it's a lively yet relaxed hang out spot, hosting plenty of international music performances and fun days through the year.

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Gillett Square

Hackney Archives

THE borough's archivists look after council administrative records dating back to 1700. They also keep records for individuals and other organisations with links to Hackney.

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Hackney Archives

Hackney Downs Studios

HACKNEY Downs Studios is a massive 70,000 sq ft of versatile events spaces and over 70 serviced studios and workspaces. There’s also a series of rooftops, railway arches, shops, a 'secret garden', and café The Russet.

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Hackney Downs Studios

HQ Therapy Rooms

SITUATED in Dalston over two locations, HQ Therapy Rooms offer psychotherapy and counselling through qualified professionals. You can seek help for a variety of issues and choose from therapists trained in a variety of approaches.

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HQ Therapy Rooms

Huh

ONLINE magazine Huh branches out to create this Stoke Newington shop stocking both men and women's clothing. Expect labels Swedish Hasbeens, Happy Socks, Pointer, WeSC, Carhartt, Orlebar Brown, CTRL, and ArmorLux.

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Jidori

JIDORI is a new Japanese yakitori restaurant set to launch in Kingsland Road, Dalston, in December 2015. It promises to bring a type of Tokyo street food – skewers grilled over open coals – to East London for the first time.

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LN-CC

SHORT for Late Night Chameleon Cafe, LN-CC attempts to make visits a memorable experience. The Shacklewell Lane store is unmarked and often operates on appointment only basis.

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LN-CC

Maker Wharf

A WORKSPACE with a difference. Looking out on to The Regent's Canal in Haggerston, tenants can enjoy an inspirational view as well as an entrepreneurial environment.

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Maker Wharf

Mangal Ocakbasi

MANGAL was established in 1990 and it is a typical ocakbasi: no menu, a refigerated display of raw kebabs, a steaming, sizzling ocak grill and a hot table laden with stews and braises. Hot pide and sac breads accompany starters of lentil soup or garlicky cacik, plus there are dishes like ezme that combines roasted aubergine mashed with olive oil , fresh tomato, green herbs and hot pepper.

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Mediorite

THIS Dalston-based social enterprise specialises in running training and work experience programmes for young people with an interest in media and the arts. It sells film and photography services from industry professionals assisted by young people to create 'exciting youth communications with social value'.

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Mill Co Project

A CREATIVE community art space in the iconic 1960s Rose Lipman Building in the De Beauvoir area of Hackney. The former library and community centre provides studio and event space to local artists and designers at below market rates in exchange for their work with the local community.

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Mill Co Project

Minik Kardes Children's Centre

CHILDREN'S centre and day care bilingual nursery for Turkish and English speaking children aged between three months and five years. Services available include antenatal classes, parenting courses, first aid training, speech and language sessions, developing your child's language skills, and volunteering projects.

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Moustache Bar

A LIVELY basement, and often free, Dalston micro-club hosting a variety of DJs nights. Usually there is house and techno, disco and re-edits, old school hip hop and an increasing number of 90s themed events.

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Moustache Bar

Nest

THE team behind London super-club Fabric have spread their wings taking to Stoke Newington High Street to set up live music and club venue The Nest. Revamping iconic former gig basement Barden’s Boudoir, The Nest definitely has more of a club atmosphere with sleeker lighting, seating and sound.

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Open School East

LOCATED in a former library and community centre in the De Beauvoir area of Hackney, Open School East is a free study programme for emerging artists. An annual cohort of artists are selected to take part in a multifaceted programme of public projects and events which involve working with local residents and audiences from further afield.

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Parkholme Supper Club

THIS supper club in Dalston supports charity Médecins Sans Frontières, with £35 of the cost of dinner going to help its medical work in war-torn areas across the globe. Organisers are passionate about home cooking, from a variety of countries, and claim to offer 'the kind of food our grandmothers spent all day preparing'.

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Party Baby

THIS independent shop in Ridley Road stocks a wide range of cloth nappies and baby clothing along with some party supplies.

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Pelican and Parrots Vintage

A MIXTURE of curious vintage fashion, furniture and interiors is available in this Stoke Newington retailer. Contemporary furniture and objects sit alongside aged pieces, many of which are inspired by the 17th century.

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Power Lunches Arts Café

THIS Kingsland Road venue prides itself as a club run by musicians for musicians. By day it’s a café and rehearsal studio; at night a music venue mainly for local bands.

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Power Lunches Arts Café

Prince Arthur (London Fields)

THIS welcoming backstreet boozer is part of a small chain of upmarket gastro pubs that includes The Gun in the Docklands. As a result the food is always good, the staff are friendly and knowledgable, and the clientele laid back and less pretentious than some other London Fields pubs that shall remain nameless.

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Prince Arthur (London Fields)

Prince George

HIPSTER rich, The Prince George comes with outlandish taxidermy, an obscure jukebox and pleasant crowd. It also serves a great mix of Belgian beer, Czech lagers and traditional ales, plus has a pool table and lovely little beer garden.

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Print Club London

A DALSTON printing studio, online gallery and exhibition space selling affordable and collectable limited edition screen prints. As well as providing retail and work space, it offers a range of print-making courses and workshops.

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Print Club London

Ridley Road Market

RIDLEY Road is a great place to experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional East End market. At the beginning of the 20th century the area was a centre of the Jewish community.

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Ridley Road Market

Rio cinema

IN 1909, a shrewd auctioneer who recognised the money-making potential of movies, converted her Kingsland Road shop into a 175-seat 'electric picture house'. Over 100 years later, and after many re-incarnations, the Rio is still going strong as an independent, single screen cinema that is home to art-house flicks, features and off-beat festivals.

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Ruby's Bar

UNDERNEATH the cinema sign at 76 Stoke Newington Road, Ruby’s is an intimate drinking den serving expertly mixed cocktails in a unique setting. According to the management, a rotating cocktail menu complements the character of the bar.

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Saint Best

SUPPLIER of quirky, innovative and sometimes handmade clothes from mainly up and coming designers.

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Scolt Head

HIDDEN away in the back streets of De Beauvoir, the Scolt Head has developed a reputation as a bit of a hipster hang out over the years. As well as boozing it up, activities on offer include big screen sports, pool, live music, a Monday night pub quiz, and there's a nice little area out the front for a pint on a summer's evening.

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Scolt Head

Servant Jazz Quarters

SERVANT Jazz Quarters is a quirky Art Deco style bar and music venue in the heart of Dalston. The upstairs bar serves a menu of cocktails, artisan ales and a range of beers and ciders, while the the basement provides an intimate performance space.

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Shacklewell Arms

SLIGHTLY grubby and rough round the edges – like all the best gig venues – Shacklewell Arms has established itself as a critical location on the live music map in a relatively short space of time. The venue is essentially split into two: with the Shacklewell Lane side like a traditional pub, right down to having football on the telly, while a large backroom with semi-outdoor smoking area offers live music and club nights like Beach Creep, Homoelectric and Club Motherfucker.

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St Matthias Youth Club

A FREE youth club for children, aged eight to 11, in the heart of Dalston. It offers sessions in football, basketball, dodge ball, badminton, table tennis, cricket, pool, art classes, homework club and more run by trained and qualified staff.

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The Archivist

Situated along the banks of the Regent's Canal near Haggerston Overground Station, The Archivist is a combined gallery and events space with exhibitions all year round. It is renowned for its diverse events on themes ranging from comedy to history, politics to sport and everything in between Past shows include the iconic and masterful portfolio of Storm Thorgerson; a collection of limited edition prints spanning his 45 year career.

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The Three Compasses

This cosy welcoming pub retains the feel of an old school East End boozer and chucks in the best that contemporary London can throw at it; hip party DJs, an embarrassment of local craft beers and the best organic burger menu in town. Fact.

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To The Jungle

THIS quirky Dalston cafe and shop has an eye-catchingly painted exterior so you can't miss it. Serves selection of good coffee, tea and cakes in a relaxed atmosphere.

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To The Jungle

TRAID

CHARITY shop selling high quality, hand-sorted, secondhand and vintage clothes, shoes and accessories for women and men. There's also homeware, books, haberdashery, linen and a range of children’s clothes.

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Violet

A SMALL cake company with a shop on Wilton Way and a stall on Broadway Market. Best known for American-style cupcakes made with buttercream icings that change with the seasons.

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Violet

Vortex Downstairs

VORTEX Downstairs is the café, bar and restaurant of the Vortex Jazz Club. It offers a contemporary version of the traditional European brasserie, while its association with Vortex ensures eclectic music is played throughout the day.

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Vortex Downstairs

Vortex Jazz Club

CONTEMPORARY, improvised and experimental rules at Vortex Jazz Club, arguably one of the world’s best and most recognised jazz venues. For 25 years, the not-for-profit club has been a proud Hackney platform for unconventional music and forged a solid reputation for itself despite its diminutive 100 capacity size.

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