Why go there?
Because you’ve heard the rumours about a haven at the end of the Victoria line, and you want to see for yourself.
What’s the vibe?
It’s a local place for local people. Try to blend in as you browse Walthamstow Market (it’s the longest in Europe!) for fruit and veg, kitchen utensils and tracksuits. Then pop down to the perfectly quaint village for artisanal goodies galore.
What’s that smell?
Market leftovers mingling with coffee from lovely Lot 107 on Wood Street. Or perhaps Dulux – community café The Hornbeam (Hoe Street) serves vegetarian food, while just behind it, the Paint Shop is a community-minded operation allowing you to trade in half-used paint cans and buy new hues on the cheap.
Any celebs about?
East 17! Once upon a time, anyway. Now Walthamstow’s where you can find top potter Grayson Perry’s studio.
How about a local delicacy?
After a first-class meal at Eat 17 on Orford Road, stop next door at the best damn Spar supermarket in the world to grab a jar of the restaurant’s own-made bacon jam. Put it on burgers, not your morning toast.
Now I need a drink.
Great ales and grub can be found at the Bell (Forest Road) and the Chequers (High Street). Or go to Ravenswood Industrial Estate to fill up at Wild Card Brewery and take a wander around God’s Own Junkyard which is a dazzling exhibit showcasing one man’s collection of neon signs. Hey, everyone needs a hobby.
Where’s the party at?
The Rose and Crown (Hoe Street) which is home to gigs, theatre, comedy and occasional pop-up eateries as well as The McGuffins Film & TV Quiz, a regular night run in aid of saving the local cinema.
Where can I have a nice sitdown?
Take your pick, weary traveller. You’ve got Walthamstow Marshes in one direction and the leafy acres of Epping Forest in the other.
And if I only do one thing…
Once you’ve wandered through the picturesque village, head up Hoe Street to the William Morris Gallery (Lloyd Park) for a satisfying fix of Victorian history and creativity. Ben ‘#awesomestow’ Rowe
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