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Walthamstow London Guide

Walthamstow, also known as 'awesomestow', is exactly that. Walthamstow is home to a number of great attractions including numerous galleries and the very famous; God’s Own Junkyar ...

Walthamstow, also known as ‘awesomestow’, is exactly that.

Walthamstow is home to a number of great attractions including numerous galleries and the very famous; God’s Own Junkyard. Yes, it may be the birth place of the nineties bad boy group who penned “Stay Now” East 17 (the postcode is E17), but Walthamstow has been making it up to us since then, and we forgive you Walthamstow….but we’ll never forget! Diversity has always existed in E17 and with Shoreditch’s alternative culture moving further and further east, Walthamstow has become a hive of alternative activities and attractions for a number of years now. It’s a suburban district in east London in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, forming part of Greater London. When it comes to affordability, Walthamstow offers it in abundance. In regards to the London Underground zones, it falls into Zone 3 and is the final stop on the Victoria Line, which means it comes a little cheaper than areas in Zones 1 and 2 that are closer to the centre of the capital. As well as offering affordability, the area has three great schools, really nice areas (particularly near the pricier Walthamstow Village) but still has that hearty London feel that other places may be lacking.

On a Map

Walthamstow is within Waltham Forest.

History

living in Walthamstow

Hoe Street 1903. Photo credit – pubhistory.com

An earlier spelling of Walthamstow was ‘Wilcumstowe’ meaning ‘place of welcome.’ AEC was located in Walthamstow and was responsible for the mass production of London’s famous buses. The “mile long” Walthamstow Market began trading in 1885 and is one of the most iconic markets in the city. However, the legend of it being a mile long is a slight overestimation as in reality it measures in at 100 metres. Despite starting life as a rural area, it’s now largely a suburban, built up area. Head to Walthamstow Village for a little taster of what the area was originally like.

Cost

living in Walthamstow Walthamstow Village, to the east of Hoe Street is great to visit and even lovelier to live in but not so easy to find property, when you do, it may cost you an arm and a leg. Surrounding areas like the aforementioned Hoe Street are a better bet for renting. The majority of Walthamstow’s property was built during the 20th century, mainly down to bombing raids during the war. Property is modern but dates back to the Edwardian era. Despite a boom in popularity in recent years, living in Walthamstow is still very affordable, perhaps down to the reasons mentioned earlier. £1,000 pcm appears to be the starting rate for two bedroom properties with top-end properties coming in at between £2,500 and £3,000.

Travel

Living in Walthamstow

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Walthamstow is very well served by Underground and Overground stations with stations for both at Walthamstow Central and Blackhorse Road. Full bus services operate from Walthamstow Central. The buses also provide a hopper service making all journeys simple and quick.  

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and eateries

Eat 17

living in Walthamstow

Eat 17’s Bacon Jam. Photo credit – thegrocer.co.uk

Eat 17 is based in the heart of Walthamstow Village and deliver innovative inventions as well as producing good old British food with a hearty feel. They’re convicted to sourcing ingredients ethically and use quality, local produce where they can. They’re famous for their ‘Bacon Jam’ but you’d be a fool for thinking that’s where it all stops. All bread is baked in-house rather than out-sourced. Their ingredients come from very nearby, over the road in some cases as all meat comes from the East London Sausage Company and fruit and veg comes from Spitafields Market. Fish is caught and delivered in the most sustainable ways possible and to top it all off, they do a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings – a true British institution! Address: 28-30 Orford Road, E17 Phone: 020 8521 5 279

56 St James

56 St James

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56 St James, at the Queen’s Road end of Walthamstow on St James’s Street, sources its coffee from the currently popular Nude Espresso. One of the great things about it is the sourdough bread they make, lauded in numerous places all over the Internet. With soft friendly lighting and modern vintage décor, 56 St James is a very welcoming café with smiley staff and skilled baristas! Expect a menu with a small but perfectly formed selection sandwiches (with the previously mentioned sourdough), salads and cakes. Address: 56 St James’s Street, E17

Mother’s Ruin

Mother’s Ruin, as some of you may know is another name for gin. London has a long illustrious history of gin-drinking and that is celebrated here. In my case, I’m not a mother, nor am I even a female but gin has definitely left me positively ruined on a number of occasions (I recommend the Withnail and I drinking game for a true gin-ruin experience). I digress! If you’re looking for local spirit then you’ll find it aplenty in this gin factory on Maynard Road. In Mother’s Ruin you can choose from a variety of gins made with locally foraged berries. Food is provided by Aura Rosa in the Gin and Pudding Palace where you can find wonderfully tasty cakes, patisseries and more. Run by Jason and Geo (a professional pastry chef who has worked under Marco Pierre White amongst others!) the afternoon tea served every Sunday between 14:00 and 18:00 with clotted cream, scones “decedant pastries” and hot toasted finger sandwiches sounds especially good. Address: Unit 18 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernall Street, E17 9HQ

All You Read Is Love

All you read is love in walthamstow sign

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All you read is love was a pop-up café/coffee shop with a twist that has just found a permanent spot in Leytonstone (next to Walthamstow). The twist is that it is a book café run by Danish siblings on the beautiful Hoe Street. Serving up sandwiches, cakes, coffee and craft beers along with DJs and writing workshops at certain times.

Ye Old Rose and Crown

Peppe's stonebaked pizza outside the

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Ye Old Rose and Crown offer everything that is great about Walthamstow in 2014 – variety! As well as being a very traditional pub, it’s also a theatre and an art gallery. They’ve won East London pub of the year down to its fantastic selection, and care they take of ales and also gained recognition from real ale bodies CAMRA and Cask Marque. Out on the pub frontage, you can enjoy pizzas from Peppe’s mobile kitchen that the pub claims are the best pizzas you’ll find in Walthamstow. The theatre often welcomes stand-up comedians including household names and also hosts plays. Address: 53 Hoe Street Walthamstow London E17 4SA

Wildcard Brewery

Founded from a youth of enjoying brewing and drinking beer in Nottingham, Andrew and William turned their hobby into an enterprise. They took their interest to London to set up something a little more serious. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday they open the doors and sell a variety of bottled and cask beers. From their very own playing cards-themed bottled beers to beers sourced from microbreweries around London, if you want to support London’s local breweries then this is the place to do it in Walthamstow. Address: Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, Wathamstow, E17 9HQ

Things to see and do

God’s Own Junkyard

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God’s Own Junkyard. Photo credit – notquiteenough.co.uk

For 37 years, this cult yard/shop has been a massive hit in both London and Los Angeles. It’s everything that’s current; retro, made using up-cycled materials, old movie props and neon lights. Owner Chris Bracey made signs that everybody would’ve seen in Hollywood’s biggest films. Taking neon lights discarded when movies rap, circuses close down and shops and towns discard them, he up-cycles them to make the most amazing signage. Sadly Chris passed away late last year but his family are keeping the iconic Walthamstow gem alive – including opening the Rolling Scones cafe which opens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday with some hot food, cakes and cream teas! They also have a licence if you fancied something stronger! The place has become an institution is Walthamstow and is a tourist hotspot. Why not visit here before having a drink at the Wildcard Brewery? Address: Gods Own Junkyard , Unit 12 , Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, London, E17 9HQ

The William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery

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The William Morris Gallery is an award-winning gallery based solely on the life and legacy of designer, craftsman and socialist William Morris. It underwent a £5 million refurbishment and the trip is worth it for the tearoom, which overlooks beautiful Lloyd Park. Address: Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17, 020 8496 4390

Cuttlefish Studios

Inky Cuttlefish Walthamstow

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Cuttlefish Studios are a printmakers that hold regular art workshops who also showcase work from local residents in its gallery. Address: 5 Blackhorse Lane, E17, 07753 686331

Shopping in Walthamstow

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Fruit and Veg at Walthamstow Market. Photo credit – southgrovefpc.co.uk

Walthamstow Market

This historic market has been trading for well over a hundred years. It has a variety of stalls selling food, clothes, furniture, and antique goods while there are also cafes and restaurants selling anything from Caribbean food to jellied eels. It hosts a popular farmer’s market every Sunday between 10am and 2pm. Address: Walthamstow Market can be found on Walthamstow High Street.

Penny Fielding Beautiful Interiors

Penny Fielding shop

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In the popular shopping area of Orford Road, Penny Fielding sells collectables, contemporary art, gifts and also has gallery space. In the gallery space they host new exhibitions every two months showcasing artists from E17 with a stand-out style and innovative artists from further afield. Address: 34 Orford Road, E17 Phone: 020 8509 0039

The Mall

‘The Mall’ have a number of shopping centres all over the UK and are one of the leaders in this market. As well as hosting a number of events throughout the year, including craft markets on Sundays and children’s events this Halloween, the Mall has hundreds of shops under its roof. From household names to eateries, it’s well worth a visit for all the shopaholics out there! Address: The Mall Walthamstow, 45 Selborne Walk, Walthamstow If you think we’ve missed something essential about Walthamstow then let us know! Likewise if you’re a business and think you should be included, let us know and we’ll come check you out 🙂  

As content manager for Movebubble, it’s my job to be an expert on renting and London. Being a writer (Journalism BA Bournemouth University) with a passion for food and the arts, I definitely have my dream job! I love exploring the city and researching the latest information and news to bring to our readers. I love getting recommendations from readers on their favourite spots in London so if you have one, let us know in the comments!

Comments ( 15 )

  1. ReplyBecky griffiths
    Hi there, thank you so much for the lovely mention of Mother's Ruin Gin Palace, and all the positive E17 stuff! Just to say Mother's Ruin has now consolidated and opened up a bigger, better shinier palace on Ravenswood Industrial Estate, I'm at unit 18 just two doors down the way from God, and a step around the corner from Wildcard. Like Wildcard I manufacture on site and I run a bar at the weekends. Do come by and check me out I make fantastic cocktails and have a decent gin menu too! Best regards Becky
  2. ReplyGio
    Hi, Just read your blog and notice a vague information about us mentioned with Mother's Ruin. I am not pleased the way it was worded as we have added a great value to the area since we introduced our artisan French patisserie and been featured in different advertorials. We don't do sandwiches to start with. So if you wish, have a look at our website and get the information more interesting when it comes to cakes and patisserie to your readers. On another note, great to read that other great businesses were reviewed and described as destinations for the public. Many thanks, Gio
  3. ReplyLewis Edwards
    Thanks for your comments guys! Gio, sorry about the misunderstanding. We were under the impression (through Aura) that the afternoon tea did include sandwiches, if you'd like us to change that then just let us know what is served instead of finger sandwiches we can edit that right away. We've also put on some more information about Aura for our readers! :) Becky - an invitation to try out a Gin menu sounds like something that we can't refuse! Glad to hear it's all going so well. Keep in touch and let us know about any events so we can keep our readers updated! Cheers.
  4. ReplyDuncan
    New E17 blog starting today 17/01/15... am I allowed to promote here?
    • Carly Klineberg
      Hey Duncan, thanks for letting us know about your blog. If you're regularly posting articles on the area we'll add a link to you in the blog for sure. Anything that's useful for people moving to the area is great. Send us an e-mail over to hello@movebubble.com asking for Carly and let me know a bit about your blog. I'll get in contact with you :) Have a great day and speak soon!
  5. ReplyLinda Bracey
    Hi Lewis, Just stumbled on your great site to find a fantastic mention of our Gods Own Junkyard, very kind. Just to update inside we have The Rolling Scones Café now open every Fri / Sat / Sun with some hot food, cakes, cream teas and we are licenced too so worth a visit to relax and take in the lights. Sadly we lost Chris last November after a year long battle with prostate cancer, missed greatly but the boys and me are keeping the dream alive and plan to hold some interesting events this year so will keep you posted. Keep up the good work and word for E17. Many thanks, Linda.
  6. ReplyLewis Edwards
    Thank you for your comment Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about Chris, it's really lovely that you're all continuing his legacy. I'm sure he'd be proud! We'll get the blog updated as soon as we can and get your cafe included. Definitely keep us posted about the events, we can include them in future blogs about the area. It was a pleasure to write this blog about Walthamstow and it seems like a great place with a proper sense of identity. Thanks again for your comment. Lewis :)
  7. Replydanny
    Hmm I just went for a reccy around the 'up and coming' walthamstow. Yes Orford street is lovely, and if you can get a place around there it's a pretty good move, combined with the appealing transport connection. However! Once off it the rest of walthamstow was pretty grimey, it reminded me of elephant & castle or action 10years ago. A sea of tacky poundshops, chicken shops. The main library whilst nice had the all telling blue-light anti vien shooting hue. The shops and venues you mention are great but are 30min walk apart. My guess is in about 5 years it should start to take off but for now its gonna take some more time to get close to stokey!
    • nick
      I don't really think 8 shops in the "village" really depicts what E17 is all about Danny. But you depict yourself perfectly by comparing the rest of E17 to Elephant and Castle of 10 years ago.....clueless.
    • Elaine
      Hi Danny, keep an eye on Hoe Street - the end between Rose & Crown Theatre Pub and The Bell (two award-winning pubs). Our business, E17 Art House has relocated there creating a friendly gallery, framers and design-led gift shop and has been joined by an upcycled furniture and gift shop 'No70', Aura Rosa patisserie, a chocolatier and more shops to come! It also has a couple of quirky antiques shops, and great independant coffee shops by The Bell (with Rocket Barbershop opening soon). This stretch (#StowHoe !) is becoming a real hotspot, 5 mins from Walthamstow Station and 10mins walk from Walthamstow Village - and I'd give it another 5 months rather than 5 years to really get buzzing.
  8. ReplyJamie
    Really helpful guide, thanks for this. Went to explore Walthamstow recently and can 100% recommend it, the guide really helped me out!
  9. Replynick
    I've been in Walthamstow for the past 3 years now, and previously lived in Stokey\Hackney and I can honestly say I love the area since it's been revamped. The cinema is superb, the arts cinema is on its way to replace the old EMC cinema and mini Holland is about to push into the Lloyd park area making it safer and easier for cyclists and pedestrians alike. There's so much more to E17 especially for parents with toddlers and I think you've perfectly illustrated it in your guide. Long may Walthamstow to continue to grow and prosper, I certainly don't miss Hackney in the slightest, but admittedly if I had a few million quid to blow I'd probably move back to the Clissold park end of Stoke Newington. Oh to be loaded!
  10. ReplyNick @ Cleaners Walthamstow
    The only thing I think you've missed is my favourite pub "The Bell" . It really worth mentioning. Everything else is perfect. You've gathered all the interesting information about Walthamstow in one guide. I'm really a proud resident because we have amazing places for visiting.
  11. ReplyMaria Sommer
    Hello there, thank you for posting this, it was rather helpful. My other half and I are thinking about moving to this area, and after reading this last week we decided to go for a glimpse last Sunday. Well, we visited The Bell, the High Street, Wild Card Brewery and God's Own Junkyard... and we loved it!! I know we still have many things to see, but this way we'll have a perfect excuse to come back very soon. We are 150% intended to move to the neighbourhood early next year :)
    • Amy McKechnie
      Hey Maria, So glad you found the guide helpful! Make sure you use the Movebubble app to find your new home in Walthamstow ;) All the best, Amy

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