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Walthamstow and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Walthamstow and surrounding areas

"The opening of the Overground line at Walthamstow Station has really boosted the area."

Stan Fung

"There's nothing you can't buy from Walthamstow Market, the longest outdoor street market in Europe."

Stan Fung

"Along Stoke Newington Church Street there are some lovely independent businesses, from florists, to coffee shops, to wine bars."

Sophie Harries

What is your favourite place?

Where do Walthamstow and surrounding areas locals go?

Empire Cinemas

The largest independently owned cinema in the UK, it's a good place to hang out with your friends and enjoy a movie.

Turtle Bay

Great place for drinks and Caribbean food, where the customer service is impeccable and the decor inside is really nice.

William Morris Gallery

As well as showcasing Morris's works, you can also learn about the wider art world through exhibitions and workshops.

The Village Bakery

Great for al fresco breakfasts and lunch in the heart of the village and they do a mean BBQ Pork Bap Special!

The Village

Recently reopened, this pub is a great place to enjoy a drink sitting on a lovely, comfy sofa in the garden.

Walthamstow Market

The perfect place to find fresh fruit and veg alongside a variety of shops and small mediterranean restaurants.

The Italian Delicatessen of Walthamstow

The deli counter stocks a superb range of Italian cheeses, cured meats and crudités to enjoy as antipasti or ingredients. Freshly-baked breads include focaccia. Superb quality wines and spirits. The warm welcome and customer service is what makes this delicatessen authentic. A great shop in Walthamstow.


This restaurant in a converted ballroom has a varied menu of hearty British meals with a foodie twist.


New addition to Hoe Street and another sign of positive improvement in the area. Affordable accessories for gentlemen, some of which are produced by local manufacturers; fantastic barbers, and plenty of interesting conversation while you sit and wait. The owners also produce their own beard oil on site.

Queen's Arms

A pub in Walthamstow Village that's always vibrant and buzzing; a great place to meet friends for Sunday lunch.

Wildcard Brewery Tap Bar

A beautifully simple place with beers brewed on site. A lovely laid back feel with the occasional live band playing!

God's Own Junkyard

Enough to brighten any overcast day... Head over to this warehouse for a sensory overload. A crazy feast of colours with store signs and lights, it's a truly hipster place!

Aura Rosa

Serving afternoon tea on a Sunday at Mother's Ruin Gin Palace, I recommend the Guinness cake!

The Mall

Plenty of well known high street stores and food outlets under one roof.

The Flower Pot

Fantastic quiz night on Tuesdays, music, really old feel pub, hasn't been gentrified. Very friendly, very low staff turnover which is a good sign.

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Acting Bugs-Walthamstow

The peterhouse Centre
Acting Bugs classes are weekly drama sessions carefully devised so the parent/carer can join in alongside the child. The sessions are themed half termly and incorporate an ongoing story which includes singing, movement, puppets, props and improvisation. Website

Bongalong Early Risers

St Mary’s Welcome Centre
Up early on a Saturday morning? Not allowed to go back to sleep? Head along to Bongalong Early Risers, a lively mix of singing, dancing, stories and games with some percussion fun too for children under five and their carers. £6 per child over 6 months. £10 for siblings under 5 Website

Tiny Time Music-The Boiler House

The Boiler House Community Centre,
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Website

HATs! Drama for Early Years

The Boiler House Community Centre,
Sensory movement and storytelling for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents / carers. HATs found its feet in Hackney during 2010 and after a year took intrepid steps to Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea where it has been running ever since! Each session follows a story journey exploring props, costumes and music. It is multi-layered offering babies and children different ways to experience and enjoy the journey. Website

Stay and Play

Ihsan Children’s Centre,
We offer services which include; mother & child stay and play, fathers and children project, respite crèche, outreach services, employment & volunteering service, adult learning courses, family health services, childminder's support and more. Website

Baby Sensory classes

Mudfoot and Scruff,
Baby Sensory's award winning baby development classes are now running in your area. You and your baby will experience different sensory activities designed to support your baby's sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Website

Just Kidding Chorus

Wanstead United Reformed Church,
The Just Kidding Chorus is a feel-good choir for parents with babies in tow, and is directed by Mich Sampson ably assisted / hindered by her baby, Penny! Mich is an experienced choir director who specialises in working with adult beginners and makes sure everyone has a great time. Website
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