Wednesday, January 15, 2014

What is Walthamstow Like?

A diverse, leafy wonderland at the end of the Victoria line, welcome to Walthamstow. Whether you're looking for an alternative day out in a London or you're new to the area, we help point you in the right direction.

From the spectacular award winning William Morris Gallery to the eclectic neon nirvana that is God's Own Junkyard, Walthamstow has a huge arts influence. It is also home to London's largest network of Little Free Libraries, the Stow Festival, an international film festival and some of London's most picturesque green spaces. Come check it all out!

In a series of articles we ask, and do our best to answer, what is Walthamstow like?

What's New?

Its a dilemma. You and the other half want to go out, maybe see a live band, have a drink or two, maybe even a club, but wait, you have to find and arrange a babysitter for the kids. What a hassle... except, no you don't! Welcome to BeBop Baby, Walthamstow's newest music venue for the whole family.

The opening line of BeBop Baby's website says it all really: "A daytime bebop dance party for the whole family... great music, cocktails, dancing, what's not to love?" I can't think of anything.

If you have kids and you don't think that means its time to hang up your dancing shoes, this is definitely for you. Regular events take place at Walthamstow Trades Hall, an old working mens' club located at 17 Hoe Street. For details of their next event check out their website.

People power helps bring Yum Yum Thai restaurant to Walthamstow

After huge support from the Walthamstow community, Stoke Newington's and one of London's best Thai restaurants is set to open their second restaurant in Walthamstow. The third restaurant to be selected by Waltham Forest council will open along side the new Empire cinema at The Scene at Cleveland Place.

Empire cinemas have said that their new cinema complex in Walthamstow will be opening in Autumn 2014. As well as Yum Yum Thai two other restaurants have also be selected by the council, Turtle Bay and Nandos will also open in the Stow before the end of the year. There are still two restaurant operators yet to be named. Watch this space.

Artist's impression above shows what The Scene will look like when completed this Autumn. The project is expected to encourage further regeneration of Walthamstow's town centre.

FarmDrop launches the UK's first ever click and collect farmers market and its coming to Walthamstow

FarmDrop has launched the first ever online shopping platform that allows people to establish their own click and collect local fresh food market, allowing Walthamstow residents to order their weekly fresh produce straight from their local farmers.

Walthamstow now has over 100 members and the first 'drop' will take place on 26 May and is hosted by the Chequers Pub. For further details email Sian at or drop her a tweet @FarmDropE17. You can also visit the main website at

Wild Card Brewery

Its simple, you like great beer and want somewhere new to go in Walthamstow for your liquid libation. They brew their own signature beers onsite and the brewery bar offers you an alternative atmosphere to the local pub. Find them at Unit 7, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Walthamstow. Oh yeah, they're across the way from Gods Own Junkyard. There aren't usually many good reasons to visit an industrial estate, well here's two great ones!

E17 Art Trail 2014

Artists from around the way and from around the world will converge upon Walthamstow for 16 days from 31 May to 15 June 2014. This is a great opportunity for aspiring artists to showcase their work and an extremely pleasant way to get to know the Walhamstow community for visitors and those new to the area.

From traditional art exhibits to film, poetry, photography and performance art, this annual festival of art literally has something for and/or by everyone. For more details check out their website at

For an alternative area guide to Walthamstow, check out the Evening Standard's Homes and Property area guide.

A complete area guide to Walthamstow.