Discover – Walthamstow
Walthamstow has gone through a huge transformation in recent years, but it still hasn’t lost its old east London charm. New businesses have opened, adding to the many interesting things to do around the area. The moment you step out of Walthamstow Central Tube station, you can hear the fruit and vegetable sellers shouting out the deals of the day to eager bargain hunters. And as Walthamstow is conveniently located at the end of the Victoria line, it’s easy to get to.
London’s newest and biggest nature reserve recently opened to the general public and is a great place for a walk. Make sure that you check out the cosy café in Coppermill Tower, and admire the birds and wildlife, including sandpipers and kingfishers. It’s best to get off at Blackhorse Road station for the short walk to this wildlife haven.
William Morris Gallery
This is a stunning memorial to one of Walthamstow’s most revered artistic heroes, William Morris, who was an Arts and Crafts designer, craftsman and socialist. The house he once lived in is now a beautifully renovated museum full of his designs. Children will enjoy the gallery – the tea shop inside it is worth a visit, too. Lloyd Park, with its duck pond, surrounds the estate and is ideal for a walk.
Gods Own Junkyard
Gods Own Junkyard has the biggest collection of neon signs in Europe, created by late artist Chris Bracey, who had a cult following across the world. There’s also a bar that serves food and a terrace garden. It’s next to an independent brewery and Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace.
Mirth, Marvel and Maude
Alfred Hitchcock used to watch films in this venue, which has since been restored from a dilapidated Grade II-listed building back to its former glory. It now has a cocktail bar and pub with an art-house cinema and events. Enjoy a drink served from a ticket booth.
Not many Londoners know they have the longest outdoor street market in Europe on their doorstep. With more than 350 stalls, the market has a cockney feel with influences from the area’s diverse cultures. You never know what you’ll find: everything from clothes to herbs and spices. It’s closed on Sunday.
The village is great for food, with restaurants such as Eat 17 – try the cheeseburger with bacon jam. Then visit Vestry House Museum, which focuses on the area’s Victorian heritage.
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