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HUMBLE ROOTS: FROM THEN TO NOW

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HUMBLE BEGINNINGS It started in the most vibrant and eclectic of East London homes. The iconic Passing Clouds nightclub in Dalston – a hub of spoken word, reggae, gypsy swing and everything in between – was the birthplace of, well, Dalston’s. It was there that founder Duncan O’Brien started mashing and blending the first bottles of Dalston’s Cola by hand in a tiny kitchen to sell at the venue as its alternative to mainstream soft drinks. But his journey to the drinks industry goes back even further – in the bar car of an Orient Express train riding around the...

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HACKNEY ROAD: A NEIGHBOURHOOD GUIDE, PART ONE

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Hackney Road begins at Shoreditch Church and winds its way for just over a mile down to Cambridge Heath Overground. While Broadway Market is idyllic and come weekends, full to bursting with blooms, sourdough bread, espresso and french terriers, Hackney Road retains a little more of that rugged round the edges charm where shops selling door handles and suitcases sit side by side with florists and coffee shops. Once an area known for its crime and poverty, Hackney’s proximity to central London has seen a rapid rise in gentrification, bringing with it a host of pop-ups, fancy barbers and restaurants....

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DALSTON'S X SWEETDRAM: CARIBBEAN CHRISTMAS SPRITZ

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The only thing better than prosecco is a cocktail topped with prosecco. We teamed up with our pals at Sweetdram to bring a little Caribbean heat to your hearth this winter. See in Christmas, New Year or your Saturday night with our Caribbean Christmas Spritz.  INGREDIENTS 25ml Sweetdram Smoked Spiced rum 25ml Pineapple juice 50ml Dalson Soda Orangeade x4 raspberries 15ml prosecco METHOD 1. Smash up two raspberries with the Sweetdram Rum and pineapple juice 2. Stain the liquid into a rocks glass 3. Top with ice and pour over 50ml of Dalston's Orangeade and finish with a splash of prosecco. 4. Garnish...

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DALSTON'S X OUR LONDON PERFECT SERVE

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Christmas is here. Christmas has been here since before Halloween, but we refused to talk about it then. Now however, it's officially December and we've ramped up our festive spirit. Bring on Slade, all of the mince pies and most importantly, cocktails.   We've teamed up with our pals at Our/London to bring you the easiest possible festive cocktail. Strictly no flipping of cocktail shakers required. You can practically do it blindfolded.  INGREDIENTS 35ml Our/London Vodka Half bottle Dalston’s Fizzy Apple 4x drops Angostura Bitters Garnish: 2x apple slices + rosemary sprig METHOD 1. Fill glass to top with ice and pour over...

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FARMER'S PARADISE: AN INSIDE LOOK AT STEPNEY CITY FARM

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Stepney City Farm is a colourful little gem nestled in the heart of East London. Its multicoloured bunting flutters in the breeze outside the newly painted ochre coloured cafe, which serves up local produce grown on the farm. There are goats, pigs, chickens and rabbits, workshops, education programmes and allotments to name but a handful of the activities that take place here. Speaking to the farm’s CEO, Clare Hawkins about the sheer range of activities going on at Stepney, it's a feat to be holding so many strings together. Founded in 1978 on an old bomb site, you can still...

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