Dalston has been described as Hackney’s ‘hidden gem’, an east end area of cultural importance and growing business opportunity. Straddling the Kingsland Road from the City’s fringe at Shoreditch to the ‘village’ feel of Stoke Newington, Dalston offers a dizzying mixture of retail and entertainment activity from across the world.
Due to the rich and diverse cultural influences in the area, you can find high quality and good value food from more or less anywhere in the world in the collection of shops, restaurants and takeaways that line Kingsland Road. This is especially true of the long standing Ridley Road Market. This east London market has evolved from a fruit, vegetable and meat market to one that sells pretty much anything you could ask for.
Dalston is attracting more and more businesses from different sectors, including the creative sector, who are seeking cheaper rents and the ‘buzz’ that surrounds the area. New office space is becoming available all the time and with the arrival of the East London Line Extension and the extensive regeneration around the area, Dalston is moving from ‘up and coming’ to definitely arrived.
Dalston town centre has been transformed by a major redevelopment project that exploits the new East London Line and the upgrade of the North London Line. The regeneration scheme at the heart of Dalston includes more than 500 new homes, a new library and public archive, a new public space and retail space.
Dalston’s proximity to the City Fringe and good public transport, has led the council to push for the creation of new business premises to support the growth of hospitality and accommodation, cultural and creative, research and development and manufacturing industries. An early investment in Dalston is potentially the most lucrative long-term option in Hackney.