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Dalston & De Beauvoir

Once described by Italian Vogue as 'the coolest place in the UK', Dalston's vibrant nightlife and cross-cultural mix is enduringly magnetic.

The area 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, today it does a bustling and colourful trade in foods, textiles and tempting goods from across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Mediterranean.

Visitors come from far and wide to get a slice of the area's culture: there's an award-winning theatre, two jazz clubs, the buzzing open space of Gillett Square, and a host of pop-up shops, installations and galleries.

Dalston is also home to some of the capital's most exciting bars and nightclubs, with the area coming alive when the sun goes down. Visitors can't help but be tempted by the amazing aromas from the Vietnamese, Turkish and Caribbean restaurants that line Kingsland Road.

Neighbouring De Beauvoir, on the other hand, is altogether more sedate. Handsome Georgian and Victorian homes and leafy streets frame laidback pubs. While Southgate Road is home to an alluring row of restaurants and shops.

This Dalston theatre has been a pioneering force in both drama and sustainable technology since it was founded in 2000, and has developed a reputation for creative excellence and social conscience.
A-side B-side is a non-for-profit artist-run gallery, project and studio space in Mare Street.
The Avo Hotel in Dalston was converted from a former post office and newsagents into a smart, family-run boutique hotel.
The vintage clothes store Beyond Retro has a flagship branch in Dalston, which has become a go to destination for East London fashionistas.
Birthdays in Dalston is a basement bar and music venue that's built up a reputation for hosting the hottest up-and-coming DJs and live bands.
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 live performers.
The Chocolate Factory in Dalston is home to 27 studios for artists and designer-makers.
Circle Collective in Dalston is an independent retail store with a difference: everything you buy supports a young person into work.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is a tranquil oasis is the middle of one of the most built-up urban areas of Hackney.
Dalston Roof Park is a surprising oasis in the middle of urban, hectic Hackney with great views over the capital.
Sexy, stylish and a little bit trashy, Dalston Superstore is one of the key new breed of micro-clubs in Hackney.
Fee Fee La Fou is an artist-inspired, concept boutique that makes 'curious products for curious people' in Dalston.
Hackney Archives looks after council administrative records dating back to 1700.
Online lifestyle store Huh. branched out to create an IRL prescence in Dalston stocking both men and women's clothing.
One of two Hackney branches of the JD Sports chain which specialises in branded trainers, casual sportswear and accessories.
Jidori in Dalston brought a type of Tokyo street food - skewers grilled over open coals - to East London for the first time.
Kingsland Waste Market sells household items, ornaments, hardware, car and bike accessories, nearly new clothing and books.
Short for Late Night Chameleon Cafe, LN-CC attempts to make visits to its Dalston HQ a memorable experience.
Mamachari Bikes in Dalston imports simple and reliable used bikes from Japan.
The Hackney branch of Matalan is situated inside Kingsland Shopping Centre in Dalston.
This Dalston-based social enterprise specialises in running training programmes for young people with an interest in media and the arts.
The Moustache bar is a lively basement micro-club in Dalston hosting a variety of DJ nights.
This long-running supper club in Dalston supports charity Médecins Sans Frontières and hosts regular cooking lessons.
Pelican & Parrots in Dalston a mixture of curious vintage fashion, furniture and interiors.
Premier Inn Dalston is just moments away from the Dalston main drag and is a great location for visitors wanting to experience the area's famous nightlife.
A Dalston institution loved by generations of residents, The Prince George is a traditional local pub situated on a leafy residential street.
A Dalston printing studio, online gallery and exhibition space that sells affordable and collectable limited edition screen prints.
Ridley Road is a great place to experience the hustle and bustle of a traditional East End market.
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'.
Found underneath a cinema sign on Stoke Newington Road, Ruby's is an intimate drinking den serving expertly mixed cocktails in a unique setting.
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.
Servant Jazz Quarters is a quirky Art Deco style cocktail bar and live music venue in the heart of Dalston.
Slightly grubby and rough round the edges - like all the best gig venues - Shacklewell Arms in Dalston has established itself as a critical location on the live music map.
The Sharp End is healthy living centre for people aged over 50 and living in Hackney.
The Ship of Adventures in Dalston is a bookshop, gift-shop, café and events space run by The Hackney Pirates, an educational charity supporting young people.
Storm In A Tea Cup stocks an array of rare vintage designer clothes.
This refreshingly unpretentious pub in Dalston retains the feel of an old school East End boozer and chucks in the best that contemporary London can throw at it.
Charity shop in Dalston selling high quality, hand-sorted, secondhand and vintage clothes, shoes and accessories for women and men.
vFd
There's nothing quite like vFd, a unique basement disco performance arts space in Dalston.
The original Voodoo Ray's in Dalston was set up by the owners of nearby Dalston Superstore to cater for those wanting a quick slice of pizza and a drink, before or after, clubbing.
Contemporary, improvised and experimental rules at Vortex Jazz Club, arguably one of the world's most recognised jazz venues.
Young Hackney Forest Road is the biggest of the borough's five youth hubs, hosting activities six days a week and throughout the school holidays.

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