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Cultural Guide to Walthamstow

30 August 2016 | London Calling

So, the night tube has finally arrived and the Victoria Line is on full show to the people of London. And that means we get to celebrate one of our favourite East London areas - Walthamstow! It’s also time to clear up those dreary stereotypes of East 17 pop and rediscover that place at the end of the Victoria Line. As well as being one of the most geographically convenient places to live in London, Walthamstow has an abundance of art, culture and unbelievable coffee shops. Here’s a list of what to eat, where to drink and the general best things to do in this wonderful area.

What to eat
 
For weekend brunch, I would wholeheartedly recommend Buhler + Co, situated on Chingford Road. This is a great new addition for vegetarians and vegans in London, and the food is simply on another level. Try their delicious savoury breakfast muffins or their wonderful veggie fry up. I would also argue that their coffee is the best in Walthamstow. With their beautiful contemporary décor and spacious garden which hosts artist and music gigs, this place is simply too good to miss!


Buhler + Co. - Image credit: Meg Buhler
 
For dinner, look no further than Eat 17 situated on Orford Road. Eat 17 is placed in the heart of Walthamstow Village and prides itself on it’s homemade Bacon Jam. They have an excellent affordable menu, fresh wholesome food and enough choice for all. The veg curry and steak and chips are amongst the standout dishes at Eat 17.
 
Where to drink
 
Mirth, Marvel and Maud is, without a doubt, the standout destination here. After decades of sad decline, Walthamstow’s historic EMD Granada cinema has been refurbished and now serving as one of the most quirky and atmospheric pubs in London. Cocktails, regularly sourced ales, craft beer and decent wine all feature on the menu. Mix that in with wholesome pub grub and stunning ambience and you have a real gem here.
 
The Bell pub also has a fine selection home made ales, board games and general merriment. Expect musicians, poets and spoken word in full flow!
 
Lastly Ye Olde Rose and Crown pub is an award winning theatre pub located on Hoe Street. This is a ‘proper pub’ with a very nice and relaxed atmosphere, but it also keeps abreast of the latest cultural happenings in London.
 
Things to do
 
Head to the William Morris Gallery for a family-friendly afternoon well spent. This stunning Georgian house is set in Lloyd Park, celebrating the work of Walthamstow’s famed son, William Morris, the arts and crafts designer. The gallery is full of charm and explores the impressive history of the great man, his work and his influences on art and culture. It’s also worth pointing out that Lloyd Park makes a beautiful backdrop for the museum.


William Morris Gallery - Image credit: Kotomi_
 
For something a bit more quirky and diverse, visit Gods Own Junkyard based on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate (behind Walthamstow Village.) It’s basically neon art everywhere, on all surfaces. Vintage signs, new signs, provocative signs, hip signs, it’s all here. This kaleidoscopic warehouse throws you into a magical world where artists regularly put up exhibitions. And with more great coffee and food, what’s not to love?
 
Lastly (and my personal favourite) take a walk to Epping Forest, approximately 20 mins from Walthamstow but still a beautiful, vast open landscape of natural beauty.  It’s got woods, open grassy areas, a boating lake and stunning footpaths for decent walks. If you’re looking for something different and want to take your mind off the London bustle, the look no further. The ultimate getaway!


High Beech Chuch, Epping Forest - Image credit

Did we miss any of your favourites? Tell us in the comments below!
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