It’s only at the end of the Victoria Line but Walthamstow can often feel like it’s miles away from London (in a good way), largely thanks to the Walthamstow Wetlands nature reserve. There’s still plenty to keep you entertained besides birds and fish though, from the neon paradise of God’s Own Junkyard to the William Morris Gallery.

The area has become a buzzy little suburb thanks to people moving out further east in the search for cheaper living but it’s not lost all its traditional identity – cool indie businesses like Yard Sale, Forest Bar + Kitchen and Froth & Rind sit alongside old-school East End spots. They love a market in Walthamstow too; the one on the high street is the longest outdoor street market in Europe, and sells everything from apples to antiques, and Lloyd Park Market in the grounds of the William Morris Gallery is a great spot for artisanal produce and street food.


God’s Own Junkyard will light up your world. The neon jungle contains everything from Chris Bracey’s signage for Soho sex clubs in the 60s to movie props. It’s blindingly good and worth a trip just for an insta.


105 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0NP

A Yard Sale Pizza is kneaded in everyone’s life. After kicking things off with Macaulay Culkin doing a set at their opening, Yard Sale set the standards high. But leaving their dough to prove for 24 hours and cooking out their tomato sauce on the pizza to deepen the flavour, they definitely aren’t ones for cutting corners. Whether you wanna dine-in or take-out these handmade beauties are available as 18-inch sharers or 12-inch pizzas and can be found across East and South London. From the regulars to the guest pizzas, whether you’re holy over your pepperoni or all over the squash, Yard Sale is where to get a pizz’a the action.

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From humble beginnings of brewing on an industrial estate to serving up award-winning beers from their two taprooms in Walthamstow (not to mention plenty of other places across the city too) Wild Card was a hobby that got way out of hand, but we’re so glad that it did. Their wide range of beers include a 5.8% Cashmere IPA that’s double dry hopped, a Lime Berliner Weisse that’s got a hefty squeeze of citrus, and a pale ale that makes for easy drinking. They’ve also got low-and-no options but we only want the hard stuff.


Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace is Walthamstow’s best-kept secret. Housed in a WW1 munitions factory, this place specialises in fruit liqueurs and cocktail bitters made from locally grown and foraged ingredients. Think spicy rhubarb & ginger gin, and sloe and damson gins. All in all, it’s a tiny, no-frills bar that does a bloody good tipple.


After starting out as a market stall in 2014, Wood St Coffee has grown into a cafe and roastery in Walthamstow producing small-batch single origin coffee. If you want food to go with your speciality brew, they have a menu of cakes, toasties, soups, salads and Antipodean-inspired brunches, and you can get beans and bags to go to continue the Wood St Coffee experience at home.


64-66 Brooksby’s Walk, Homerton, E9 6DA

Eat17 isn’t just a supermarket, it’s a grocerant – that’s a hybrid of the best local suppliers, staple Spar products, butchers, bakers, florists and restaurants together all in one place. The famous Eat17 Bacon Jam can be found here (that’s onion jam having a love affair with smokey bacon), sushi by Ohba Leaf, refillable wine stations as well as all your daily essentials. The Clapton branch inside the beaut Art Deco building that’s also home to the Castle Cinema and the Walthamstow branch even has its own restaurant, home to the famous Eat17 cheeseburger.


The team behind Victoria Park Market expanded to E17 with Lloyd Park Market. Held every Saturday, the market features fresh seasonal produce, meat, fish, baked goods and booze from the likes of Ted’s Veg, Picks Organic Farm, Breadwinners, Finest Fayre, Borough Olives, Natural Born Wine, Hush Hush Chefs and Galeta. There’s also a rotating selection of street food traders like Ehla, Filigrillz, and Kolkati so you can eat whilst you shop.


Walthamstow can feel like a million miles away from London (in a good way) and a lot of that has to do with Walthamstow Wetlands, the largest urban wetland in Europe. The 211 hectare nature reserve has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a weekend walk or bike ride, or even a spot of fishing. It’s the perfect place to escape the city and it’s just a tube ride away.


382 Mare St, London E8 1HR

Tonkotsu is the best of the ramen wave that swept London back in 2013 and testament to that, they’re still going strong and opening new sites all the time. The signature Tonkotsu ramen, with its thick creamy broth, fresh noodles (made in house), and slices of pork is a thing of beauty and has got us through many a day and night. One to come back to time and time again.


CRATE, the company that offers commercial premises and workspaces to businesses a little bit like Boxpark, opened on the site of a disused car park on St James Street. Residents include The Green Grill, Shee Bakes, Hanoi Cà Phê, Baggio Burger, Long and Short Coffee, The Italian Bakery, Cove17, No-LOGO Hair and Honeey.


Sodo Pizza Walthamstow, Hatherley Mews, London

Healthy sourdough pizza is the name of the game at Sodo. On the weekends, check out their Walthamstow spot for brunch-themed pizzas (expect eggs and mushrooms aplenty).


Froth & Rind is all about beer and cheese. The shop stocks a range of craft beer, including from local brewers like Beavertown, Two Tribes and Signature (they sell wine and spirits too), as well as British artisan cheeses like Baron Bigod and Stinking Bishop alongside European faves. And if you can’t wait until you get home to put on a spread, their cafe serves up epic toasties and cheeseboards.


36A Newington Green, London N16 9PR

Buller and Rice is big on sustainability from the interiors to the eco-friendly Oway products. They keep things simple and if you’re new to colouring their balayage is perfect for a softer look. Each of the salons serve vino from local wine bars and at the Walthamstow one they have a product refill station too.

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