With all of the amazing brides booking in for their appointments at our new, private bridal studio in Dalston, I thought it was only fitting to make a blog post about what to do after an appointment with us!
Dalston is a vibrant and electric part of London. With so many great options from shopping to shows to underground bars, you may just end up spending the whole day in the area! Keep reading to see some of my favorite spots around Dalston.
Ridley Road Market
Ridley Road has been home to this market since the end of 1880s, having started with about 20 stalls. It now plays an important part in Hackney’s history and heritage, spanning over 150 stalls and offering a diverse range of quality goods at great prices.
Ridley Road Market is one of the most vibrant markets in London. With the fusion of Afro-Caribbean, Asian and European goods, there is something there for everyone! Apart from serving fruit and vegetables, the market also offers a wide range of household goods.
RIDLEY ROAD MARKET
(OPPOSITE DALSTON KINGSLAND TRAIN STATION OFF KINGSLAND HIGH STREET)
PRICK is London's first boutique dedicated solely to cacti and other succulent plants. Proudly independent and female-owned, PRICK is the brainchild of Gynelle Leon, an award-winning photographer with an unique career background that includes a Forensic Science MSc, as well as careers in Finance and Fraud Prevention (while always simultaneously working on art and design projects). As Gynelle’s passion for plant life began to take over, she decided to train and took up part-time work in a floristry to learn the trade.
The shop is a stark contrast to conventional garden shops or florists. The plants at PRICK are well cared for. They are stored in Gynelle’s greenhouse and are all re-potted before being sold to make sure they are healthy and well.
PRICK POP UP:
UNIT 14 PALMERS RD
Viva Dalston is a Mexican-Latin American tapas and cocktail bar in Dalston, London. Viva Dalston is known for their fresh cooked dishes, utilizing ingredients sourced right from Hackney.
I suggest celebrating a successful bridal appointment with a few jugs of their blueberry and elderflower margaritas and a few plates of tacos! Choose between their amazingly vibrant indoor and outdoor spaces.
2 STOKE NEWINGTON ROAD
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden was built in 2010 on the old Eastern Curve railway line. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is a vital and very-much needed public green space in the heart of Hackney, one of the most densely-populated areas of London.
Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is a free-to-enter neighbourhood garden that is open seven days a week, twelve months a year. The Dalston Eastern Curve Garden provides an oasis of plants, direct access to nature in London and a community gathering place for the residents of Dalston.
DALSTON EASTERN CURVE GARDEN
THE ENTRANCE IS LOCATED NEXT TO THE HACKNEY PEACE CARNIVAL MURAL
The Dusty Knuckle is a bakery and café, one located in Dalston and one in Harringay. The Dusty Knuckle are a purpose-driven business: they strive to use their busy operations to help at-risk youth take positive steps in their lives through on-the-job training and mentorship.
Pop in for a glass of wine, a fresh baked pastry, or even one of their incredible sandwiches! Do both your tummy and the community good by coming by The Dusty Knuckle.
THE DUSTY KNUCKLE
ABBOT STREET CARPARK
Dalston Roofpark is one of London’s most versatile rooftop venue that offers music, bottomless brunch, sunrise yoga sessions and more.
Newly refurbished for this summer, Dalston Roofpark is set to reopen on 2 June with new interiors, a new sound system and more!
Be one of the first to enjoy Dalston Roofpark this year! Book your table now and enjoy the views and the sunshine!
THE PRINT HOUSE
18-22 ASHWIN ST
Located beneath the iconic 'Cinema Sign' in Dalston, Ruby’s Jazz Bar and Lounge has been creating great drinks and good vibes since opening in 2012. Ruby's Jazz Bar and Lounge offers live music and hosts late night DJs on the weekends- just check their website for 'what's on'.
The site was originally a Chinese takeaway called 'Ruby House 3'. The owners of Ruby's Bar and Lounge liked the name, so they kept it. Both bars are packed with much-loved antiques including a 1920s chandelier and a treasured collection of vintage drinks trays and beermats.
We recommend getting a cult-favorite, their Chilli Apple Martini. Created when Ruby's first opened their door, this cocktail has been raved and highly reviewed for years now!
RUBY'S JAZZ BAR AND LOUNGE
76 STOKE NEWINGTON ROAD
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I hope this small listed gave you some ideas of all of the exciting things happening in Dalston, but there's definitely tons more to do! Whenever I explore Dalston, there's always something new and fun in the area to enjoy. Can't wait to hear what you all find to do after your appointments!
See you all next week!