The Eldridge and Kathleen Neal Cleaver Family Image Archive

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The Inside Exile documentary follows Kathleen Neal Cleaver, revolutionary icon and former Communications Secretary of the Black Panther Party, as she publishes her personal archive of over 2000 photos, scrapbooks and letters. As she prepares to share her collection and the visual truth it reveals with the world, Cleaver reflects on her childhood in the Jim Crow South, passionate marriage to fellow Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver, and concerns as a daughter, mother and grandmother. While challenging misconceptions about women in the Black Panther Party and broader stereotypes about African American families, this film illuminates how love, forgiveness and self-expression have been vital to the struggle for racial equality. Produced/directed by Dr. Robin J. Hayes, the documentary is currently in development.


Fine dining

We believe that dining needn’t be expensive to be fine. Dalston and its surrounding districts boast some of the best Caribbean, Polish, Vietnamese, and Turkish food in London, and all at affordable prices. Those looking for a more posh vibe will be happy to know that our neighborhood also offers restaurants headed by some of the most world-renowned chefs, like Hunter Fisher of Thornberry.



The Hackney borough, of which Dalston belongs, has it all—from bespoke boutiques that feature independent designers to thrift stores and craft fairs full of one-of-a-kind finds. This is where rising fashion stars like Mara Bond got their start, taking inspiration from the dynamic culture of East London. No matter what store you go to, you’ll find products that you couldn’t get anywhere else.


World class bars

Dalston nightlife is top-notch. You can watch the latest game while you enjoy UK staples like Nameless Beer, Demo Ale, and Filler Stout. Or try some small-batch beers crafted by local breweries. If cocktails are your preferred poison, trendy mixology establishments, complete with plush couches and date night lighting, are peppered throughout East London.


Music Venues

Whether you’re looking for an intimate jazz club, large music hall experience, disco with a killer DJ, or eclectic music festival, Dalston has it. Some of the most fun and innovative bands, artists, and musicians flock to our district for its creative energy and diverse music scene. Take the opportunity to experience it all up close and personal. We promise you won’t regret it.