For some people, the end of the tube line is a distant far-away plane where, who knows what lives there and what goes on?! In our bid to bring you all things awesome, we’re focusing on the end of the Victoria line and heading North; to Walthamstow. The E17 postcode is known mostly thanks to East 17 (and we have so much to thank them for, right?) But it’s come a long way since then, and we’ve been having so much fun wandering around and finding some wonders for you. If you want to be among the first to see this place before it becomes the next Shoreditch then get moving. Here’s our list of top 10 things to do in Walthamstow.
Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace
Home-grown ingredients make for some delightfully tasting gin. It’s a year long process where the fruits – from their very own two small orchards – are steeped in gin. It’s home is a WW1 factory building covered in art and complete with a beautiful skylight.
Unit 18 Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 9HQ
William Morris Gallery
Aside from East 17, Walthamstow was also proudly home to renowned designer William Morris. This gallery celebrates his life and work with some amazing events and exhibitions. Throughout August there are also free events for families – check our what’s on here.
Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP
God’s Own Junkyard
Describing itself as, ‘a wonderland of creativity’ we can safely say that it is exactly that; a bright space brimming with neon infused delights thanks to artist Chris Bracey and his talents. It confirmed its cool status when it served as the backdrop on a 2011 Vogue photoshoot. Get your pose ready.
Unit 12 Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 9HQ
The burger stakes (pun intended) are seriously high at Brioche Burger where gourmet burgers steal the show. Their mission is to take the burger from its humble beginnings and bring it into now. We recommend the Silence of the Lambs for a full taste infusion.
154 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 4QH
Inside a Grade II listed Victorian building – formerly a waste water pumping system – sits this gem of a museum dedicated to Walthamstow’s technology, transport and industrial history. It’s free and it’s open every Sunday from 11am-4pm.
10 South Access Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 8AX
Sodo Pizza Café
Sodo is a cute pizza place that takes pizza seriously. The dough is fermented for up to 48 hours and baked in extremely hot conditions (450 degrees to be exact) which makes it super light and digestible. Also, check out the weekend brunch.
21 Hatherley Mews, Walthamstow, London, E17 4QP
Wood St Coffee
When establishing an area as ‘trendy’ one must open an independent coffee shop serving speciality coffee and welcoming cool people with laptops. Hello Wood St Coffee. There’s a lovely outside yard for these summer days where you can enjoy brunch, homemade cakes and sourdough toasties.
1-2 Sutherland Road Path, Walthamstow, London, E17 6BX
Wild Card Brewery
We’re back on Sherhall Street for this micro-brewery and bar which began as a hobby and eventually in 2014 moved into its current site in Walthamstow. We also love that these guys are all about community, and collaborate with other local business on new products and events.
Unit 7 Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, London, E17 9HQ
Just a little outside E17 you’ll find Altitude Adventure. It’s a great outing during the summer holidays for the whole family. You’ll find mini adventure golfing, mini quads and a multi level high ropes adventure course. Book your tickets here.
A406 Southend Road, Chingford, London, E4 8TA
Homies on Donkeys
These guys have built up a reputation for providing the best tacos in London. Fresh ingredients and full, authentic Mexican flavours mean that (in their own words), ‘Tacos so legit, Trump would build a wall around them.’ Do we need to say more?
98 Wood Street Market, Walthamstow, London, E17 3HX
Written by Nikki