I love Dalston House albeit a 40 minute wait and just five minutes of fun, the creative concept is simply brilliant.
Groups of families and friends calmly, and usually quietly, walk onto the flat pack house and take up their positions – waving, jumping, hand standing or holding a ’tiger’ by his tail – it is a constant performance space for the people of London.
My friend and I between us had two four year olds and a nearly two year old. Whilst waiting the bigger ones were mesmerised for the most part by the goings on in the huge over hanging mirror whilst little A played with the stones. This may sound calmer than it actually was. No shade means sun hats and water are vital. There is a little cafe a stone throw away from the house (literally) and a Co-Op across the road for emergency supplies.
Once on the house – and with a little guidance – the four year olds were happily doing ‘handstands’ on the windowsills and then went to hang out on the doorstep. Little A crawled and watched. Reflective superhero fun indeed.
Get here early for opening time or before to avoid a long wait. The upgraded Dalston Junction is right opposite and afterwards we hoped back on the train to Highbury and Islington to have a park picnic in Highbury Fields, which is just across from the station. The playground here is great with something for all ages including little fountains and clean toilets!
At the end of the day my friend said, “I’m not sure the house was worth the wait – it was over so quickly.”
“Kids – what was your favourite part of the day?” she asked.
“The house! The house!” They replied in unison.
It is amazing what a difference five minutes can make