Guide to Living in Dalston

By on Monday, September 29th, 2014 in Area Guides, New Homes.


‘Home of the hipsters’. Widely billed as the next Shoreditch – Dalston has steadily attracted huge interest from both the investment market and the upwardly mobile buy-to-live market over the past 18-24 months. With prices soaring in the surrounding postcodes, Dalston continues to be a key component to the ongoing gentrification of East London.

With a co-ordinated regeneration plan in operation, E8 retains much of its original quirks and authenticity – but its proximity to The City and financial hubs have attracted a cosmopolitan array of people and commercial investors.


Since 2009, over 3300 new apartments have been constructed – creating a vibrant new base for the incoming Dalstonites / Dalstonistas / Dalstonians.


Ideally nestled in between the household names of Hoxton and Haggerston to the south, Hackney to the east, Stoke Newington to the north and Islington to the west. Boasting the glorious London Fields and Hackney Downs within walking distance; greenery and outside space that are the envy of neighbouring postcodes.

Whilst prices have increased steadily – Dalston is still considered an affordable area within Zone 2 and is an ideal base for city workers and young, upwardly mobile professionals wanting to be within striking distance of The City, Stratford and Canary Wharf.


  • Dalston Kingsland (East London Line)
  • Dalston Junction (East London Line)
  • Two stops from the Victoria Line
  • Three stops to Stratford

Boasting two overground tube stations, Dalston provide easy access to Shoreditch, Stratford and south to Canada Water (for Canary Wharf). Both Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland are just two stops from the Victoria tube line into the West End and Victoria.

In addition, there are several useful bus routes into Tottenham Court Road, City Thameslink, The City, Islington and beyond.

Places of interest:

Guide to Living in Dalston

Vortex Jazz Club: Internationally acclaimed music venue with a large following. Established from humble beginnings back in 1987, this not-for-profit thrives with the energy of its volunteers – and has become a creative and cultural hub for Dalston and the surrounding area.

Arcola Theatre: highly regarded playhouse established in 2000. Housed in a beautiful converted paint factory, it is famed for its combination of modern material and vintage drama, music and comedy.

Rio Cinema – one of the last remaining independent cinema in London – combining both mainstream and art-house films popular with the east London cinema scene.

Ridley Road market – throwback street market dating back to the 1950’s.

Smooth You – recently opened contemporary spa in Dalston Square.

Hackney Fashion Hub – ongoing regeneration project to generate a creative focal point for the UK’s fashion industry.

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden – a tranquil outdoor space with café and pavilion built upon this disused railway line.

Food and Drink:

Guide to Living in Dalston

Café Route: Exciting deli-come-café in Dalston Square draws inspiration from the Middle East via the Mediterranean.

The Pond: Interesting fusion of traditional American dishes and fare from the Asia Pacific.

Mezcal Cantina: Loud, proud and colourful Mexican where a post-dinner salsa is a must.

The Hunter S: Exciting gastropub with a locally sourced menu, also boasting a fine array of  interesting artwork and err, taxidermy (?!)

Shanghai Dalston: Chinese food served in this converted Pie Shop; a gentle nod from the Far East to the East End of old.

Voodoo Rays: Late-night and trendy New-York style pizza joint in the heart of the action.

Dukes Brew and Que: No-thrills meat-house set in a converted 18th Century pub boasting some of the best BBQ ribs in London (TimeOut 2012).

Fed By Water – Interesting concept at this gorgeous Italian deli with water, nutrition and organic produce at its heart.

If you are looking to purchase a property in Dalston, we will shortly be marketing 22 three bedroom apartments next to Dalston Square. Vibe is a stunning new development by Telford Homes 


Guide to Living in Dalston

David Yuill

Sales Manager – Islington & Shoreditch
020 7250 1012

David graduated from the University of the Arts with a journalism degree before starting a career in newspapers. He joined agency in 2011, achieved NFoPP qualifications and has quickly established a reputation for hard work, honesty and professionalism
Guide to Living in Dalston