Good stuff – Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Last week I discovered a little gem in Dalston.  It’s a place called Dalston Eastern Curve garden and it is situated opposite the Dalston junction station.  When you come in,  you find peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, leaving the chaos and noise of the city behind. It is a cafe with a garden. But don’t expect perfectly cut grass, pretty antique chairs and upright little fingers on hands holding posh porcelain tea cups. This isn’t Chelsea, this is not Richmond, this is East London! You are having cuppa in someone’s garden. There are flowerbeds and vegetables too, some bushes and birches. Bean bags are scattered on the grass and you can also find plastic chairs and wooden benches to sit at by simple tables. There is a sheltered area too, but I enjoyed sitting in the open space. The service was very friendly and chatty. I ordered a pot of fresh mint tea and it was fresh indeed – the waitress closed the till and went to the garden to fetch some mint leaves 🙂

After this visit I was sad to read, that this place might disappear soon, giving way to to be redeveloped Kingsland shopping centre (read more here: http://dalstonist.co.uk/latest-plans-for-kingsland-shopping-centre-redevelopment-revealed/). Surely it would be nice to turn the ugly shopping centre into fancy hub with pretty shops and cafes, but it would be much nicer, if the Curve garden stayed for local community and visitors alike to enjoy.

Minuly tyden jsem v Dalstone objevila maly poklad. Tohle misto se jmenuje Dalston Eastern Curve garden and nachazi se naproti stanici Dalston junction. Kdyz vstoupite dovnitr, naleznete poklidnou, uvolnujici atmosferu, nechajic chaos a hluk velkomesta venku. Je to proste takova kavarna se zahradou. Ale necekejte perfektne zastrizeny travnik, romanticka starozitna kresilka a vztycene malicky rukou drzicich nobl porcelan. Tohle neni Chelsea, tohle neni Richmond, tohle je vychodni Londyn! Jako byste si dali hrnek caje u nekoho na zahrade. Jsou tam zahony kytek i zeleniny, kere a brizky. Pytle na sezeni (tzv. Beanbags) jsou rozhazeny po trave a taky muzete najit plastove zidlicky a drevene lavicky na posezeni u jednoduchych stolu. Je tam i kryte sezeni, ale ja jsem si uzivala odpocinek v otevrene casti. Obsluha byla velmi mila a povidava. Objednala jsem si konvicku cerstveho matoveho caje a cerstvy opravdu byl – servirka zavrela kasu a odbehla do zahrady pro matove listky 🙂

Po teto navsteve jsem posmutnela pri cteni clanku o tom, ze tohle specialni misto nejspis brzy zmizi – uvolni prostor nakupnimu centru Kingsland, ktere se bude prestavovat. (vice si muzete precist zde: http://dalstonist.co.uk/latest-plans-for-kingsland-shopping-centre-redevelopment-revealed/) Jiste by bylo velmi pekne, kdyz by se ted osklive nakupni centrum zmenilo v prijemne misto s obchudky a kavarnami, ale bylo by mnohem peknejsi, kdyby Curve gardens zustalo pro mistni komunitu i navstevniky.

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