Dalston Eastern Curve Garden
A glossy pic of this unique oasis is what you’ll find when you look up the words ‘pure’, ‘magic’ and ‘heart-warmingly beautiful’ in the Dojo dictionary. Yeah, our dictionary has pictures. Sitting on the old Eastern Curve railway line, entering the covert door here is akin to walking through the wardrobe to Narnia - minus the talking animals, mythical creatures and foreboding sense of danger. Instead you’ve got plants, wood-chippings, fairy lights and a friendly crowd of locals basking in Dalston’s version of heaven. The long, curved garden features plants, veggies and herbs; a cafe that also sells beers, wine and homemade soups; a stage for live music; and a pizza oven doing £6 pies. This is truly a community place with a wealth of programmes and workshops aimed at helping isolated people. Chilling with some pals beneath the tree-top canopy as the evening draws in is one of London’s true pleasures.