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Dalston Area Info

Dalston Area Info

Dalston is part of the London Borough of Hackney and is ideally placed for easy access to the City, Islington, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington. Notable for many television series and films, Fassett Square in Dalston was the inspiration behind soap series Eastenders. Before the set was constructed at the BBC's Elstree Studios, there were initial plans for Fassett Square to feature as Albert Square, and Ridley Road Market to be the programmes Walford Market.

David Schwimmer's 2007 hit film 'Run Fatboy Run' was filmed in the streets around St.Marks Rise with actor Simon Pegg playing the lead role, staying in a flat in Sandringham Road,E8. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are also thought to have shared a flat in St. Marks Rise during the 1980's.

In April 2009 The Guardian branded Dalston the coolest place to live in Britain, largely owing to its harmonious cultural diversity and underground nightlife.

Things To Do In Dalston

No visit to Dalston would be complete without a visit to the famous RIO cinema, on Kingsland Road. Dating back to the 1920's it is one of a few cinemas of its age to remain in East London, the 1930's façade is Grade II Listed by English Herritage. RIO has recently been modernised with state of the art projectors and sofa seating and is one of the cheapest cinema's in Britain. Dalston Roof Park offers weekly outdoor film showings, along with its garden, decking and bar it is the perfect setting to unwind on a summers evening.

The new Dalston Culture House, the first wing of which has opened on Gillett Square, hosts the Vortex Jazz Club, promoting live music seven nights a week it is the ideal venue for any music lover.

Dalston's underground nightlife for the uber cool has a massive following, bars and clubs such as Rubie's, Mezcal Cantina, Alibi and Junction Room are some East London's coolest social venues.

Ridley Road Market is opposite Dalston Kingsland railway station. Stalls selling fruit and vegetables, some fairly exotic and from across the globe are available.

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History of Dalston

Thought to have derived from Deorlaf's tun Farm, similarly to how Hoxton was named after farm of Hoch. Dalston was originally one of four small villages within the Parish of Hackney, along with Kingsland, Newington and Shacklewell. A map dating back 1746 shows the village of Kingsland located on the crossroads at what is now Dalston Junction and the small village of Dalston further east along Dalston Lane.

In 1280 a leper hospital was founded in Dalston and in AD 1549 it was attached as an outhouse to the chapel of St Bartholomew. During the 18th and 19th centuries the area progressed from an agricultural and rural landscape to an urban one. By 1849, it was described as a recently increased suburban village, with some handsome old houses, by 1859 the village had exceeded its neighbour and, with the railways and continuous building, the village of Kingsland disappeared.

Dalston is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in the City of London. In the last ten years Dalston has seen many large scale development projects incorporating both residential and commercial properties. Largely sought after by the overspill of Islington and Shoreditch, Dalston offers slightly cheaper property prices and revitalised transport system thanks to the extension of the East London Line at Dalston Junction Station.

Dalston Junction Station
Dalston Junction Station

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