Emerging Neighbourhood Guide: Walthamstow
When it comes to good food in Walthamstow, your options are boundless. From pie and mash to Indian, Caribbean food to contemporary twists on British classics, the area’s foodie scene has benefited from a richness in diversity and open-minded approach to eating. You could tuck into some classic, honest British fare – ethically sourced, of course – at the renowned Eat 17 (don’t forget to check out the supermarket attached), or take a visit to Spice Box, the newly opened vegan curry house that’s already capturing attention. Coffee, cocktails and tasty bites to eat can be found at 56 St James, and tasting some of the items on Buhler & Co’s globetrotting menu is a must.
No visit to Walthamstow would be complete without a visit to the William Morris Gallery, where you can go on a journey through the history of the arts and crafts movement and the life of Morris, its leading figure, followed by a walk through the ethereal greenery of Lloyd Park, which the gallery is situated in. Throughout 2019, the gallery and other locations across the borough will be hosting special events for the London Borough of Culture 2019. Jazz festivals, light installations, craft workshops: it’s all happening.
God’s Own Junkyard, Chris Bracey’s neon workshop situated in the Ravenswood Industrial Estate is essential viewing – not just because the bright, colourful electric loveliness makes for Instagram gold. While you’re there, stop off for a cheeky tipple at the nearby Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace. If you’re feeling creative, you can take a trip to the Blackhorse Workshop, which holds courses on everything from basic DIY skills to the art of welding. Or, if you’re in the mood for a few more drinks, you can forego the hard labour and head instead to Mirth, Marvel and Maud for a beer or two inside the grandiose Grade II listed building, which, in a past life, was known as the Granada Cinema Walthamstow.