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The local’s guide to Waltham Forest

Posted at 11:30 am, July 8, 2012 in Olympics & Paralympics

Massimo Zeppetelli © Rob GreigWith the Olympics creeping ever closer, we think Stratford has had more than enough attention and that more should be said for the other fantastic areas that will be the backdrop of the Olympic Games. We’ve asked residents from all six Olympic host boroughs (Newham, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and Barking & Dagenham) to be our guide and  tell us about the hidden secrets in their little corner of 2012 history.

Name Massimo Zeppetelli. Age 25. Occupation Music producer. Where the heart is Walthamstow, E17. Nearest Olympic venue ‘The Olympic Park is 15 minutes away from me on the 257 bus.’

Why do you love it? ‘I’ve lived here all my life. The thing that makes it special is its community atmosphere. People gather around a few good places, and it creates an intimate scene.’

Where should we go? To shop…Wood Street Indoor Market is mostly unchanged since I was a kid, but now has arty shops and cafés. I buy hand-printed T-shirts at Carbon28. Walthamstow Market is Europe’s longest – head to the Blackhorse Road end for vintage clothes and homemade cakes.’ To chill out… ‘Hollow Ponds (Whipps Cross Rd, E11) is Walthamstow’s best-kept secret. It’s very tranquil, has a boating pond and is a great place for a picnic.’ To drink… ‘My local, the Rose & Crown features its own theatre. The Mayor of Walthamstow, Stella Creasy, even holds public meetings there occasionally.’ To eat…Eat 17 is a surprising Walthamstow Village delight, it’s a newsagent that serves excellent fresh pizza.’ To get some culture… ‘Go to the Vestry House Museum, for local history, or check out the William Morris Gallery. It reopens on August 2 after a major refurb.’

Do you live in one of the six Olympic boroughs? Could you be a Time Out local guide? Email londonlocal@timeout.com.

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