Nestled amongst Hackney’s Victorian buildings and overlooking London’s skyscrapers, Dalston’s only rooftop venue is an opportunity to relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape differently. Framed by the city skyline, our rooftop oasis transforms what was once a forgotten space into a garden music venue, plushly turfed and brimming with flowers, palm trees and a Martin Audio Soundsystem.
Newly refurbished for 2017, DRP boasts two bars, in house catering, a state of the art retractable roofing system (to protect against bad weather) and so much more. It plays host to some of London (and the world’s) best DJs, as well as offering up its space for community and fundraising events.
In winter, DRP will be open on select dates only. Check the website for further details (or follow them on social media)
Dalston Roof Park is part of the local charity, Bootstrap Company, and all proceeds go towards supporting the charity’s work. The Bootstrap Companywas established back in the 70s to encourage entrepreneurship in the local area and support residents to improve their employability skills. The charity now provides affordable workspace, runs enterprise bootcamps for local young people and even has its own Bootstrap Fund to support high impact businesses. It operates under an inclusive ethos, actively encouraging young people to engage in the garden, and events.
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Inspired by Robert Hammond’s New York High Line, the DRP began as a collection of allotments cared for by a group of local volunteer gardeners, with a pop-up bar and a programme curated by a team of Bootstrap staff and tenants who organised music and film nights they would like to attend themselves.
Since it’s early days the DRP has seen a phenomenal rise in popularity, and it’s astro-turf has been graced by the likes of Rudimental, Jessie Ware, Johnny Flynn, Basement Jaxx, Disclosure and a whole host of cutting edge promoters, artists and labels; the same level of care continues to go into our events to this day!
Last year the DRP created new London Living Wage jobs on the DRP team, employed Bootstrap Campus graduates and put on over 130 events across the summer, including charity fundraisers, leading London based club nights, social impact community events, fashion shows, film screenings, mini carnivals and more!