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Empire Cinemas

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.

The Flower Pot

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.

God's Own Junkyard

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!

William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery

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



Fresh Indian cuisine served as a buffet. A restaurant with both style and substance.

The Village Bakery

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

The Village

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

Aura Rosa

Aura Rosa

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

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay

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



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.



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

Walthamstow Market

Walthamstow Market

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

Wildcard Brewery Tap Bar

Wildcard Brewery Tap Bar

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

The Mall

The Mall

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

The Italian Delicatessen of Walthamstow

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.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Higham Hill, Highams Park, Leyton, , Wanstead, Leytonstone, Clapton, Tottenham, Woodford and Woodford Green

"The name Walthamstow is derived from "place where guests are welcome" and appears in the Domesday Book as Wilcumestou. It remains to this day a very friendly place!"

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

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

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Perfect for commuters, Leytonstone is only five stops on the Central line from London Liverpool Street.

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What locals say about Walthamstow

  1. There is so much happening in Walthamstow, with exciting new developments every month provided by budding Waltham Forest entrepreneurs. It's been great to observe the change over the last 16 years.

  2. It's diverse and vibrant. A great place to live. Walthamstow is the place for all people, for families and professionals wishing to be part of a close community.

  3. Walthamstow is a friendly, diverse place with everything a young family needs - good parks, playgrounds, loads of groups and activities - as well as independent coffee shops and businesses. It has a genuine community spirit, and is an easy place to call home. Check out the homegrown art trail, or the annual Garden Party in Lloyd Park.

  4. Lloyds Park is definately the best part of Walthamstow. A stones throw from Lloyds Park and the award-winning William Morris Museum. It's a great place to visit with family or friends. The play area is suitable for all ages and the new cafe is wonderful. Only a short walk away from the hustle and bustle of the market. Lots of lovely cafes and shops for all ages. The new cinema and food outlets have made Walthamstow even more welcoming to surrounding areas.

  5. Walthamstow is close to central London, the buses take me anywhere and I have the choice of 3 train services: Overground Barking to Gospel oak; underground Walthamstow to Brixton and St James Street to Liverpool St.

  6. Living in Walthamstow is very exciting because it's not expensive but close to the centre of the capital.

  7. Transport links in Walthamstow are great.

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Child-friendly activities near Walthamstow

Tiny Time Music-Walthamstow Toy Library

Walthamstow Toy Library
Music classes for babies and toddlers in Stoke Newington and the surrounding area. 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

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 Hornbeam café

The Hornbeam Cafe
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

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

Mummies and Babies Ballet

Woodford Memorial Hall
A new class for new mums who are looking to get back into exercising whilst enjoying precious time with their new babies. You can wear your baby and have them join in the class, or they can just stay by the side in the room with us whilst Julia (and baby Thomas!) put you gently through your paces. £5.75 drop-in or 5 classes for £25 Website

NCT Coffee Mornings

Waitrose cafe
We have coffee mornings planned WEEKLY and hosted by Janine. They will be at Waitrose cafe 92-96 High Street South Woodford E18 2NA. Please join us from 9.45am For more info please contact: nct_redbridge_parents@yahoo.co.uk Website

Toddler Sense

The Scout Hut
Toddler Sense introduces a whole new world of adventure for toddlers and children. Great music, great equipment and great new ideas! Imagine climbing a snow mountain, going on safari, digging for fossils, swimming with dolphins and hunting for dinosaurs? Every week introduces a whole new adventure. The main emphasis is on mobility, excitement and adventure. It is a fast-moving, action-packed programme. Website

About Walthamstow

Walthamstow is a district of northeast London, located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is situated 6.4 miles (10.3 km) north-east of Charing Cross. Walthamstow is bordered to the north by Chingford, south by Leyton and Leytonstone, east by the southern reaches of Epping Forest at Woodford and west by Tottenham and the River Lea valley. Leyton High Road, Hoe Street, Chingford Road, Chingford Mount (passing south-north through Walthamstow and its neighbouring towns) form part of an ancient route from London to Waltham Abbey. Walthamstow Central is the main town centre and includes Selborne Road and the High Street. Five of the most expensive roads in Walthamstow, in terms of property value, are located here including Somers Road, Gillards Way, Clifton Avenue, Hoe Street and Mansfield Road. Walthamstow has a wide variety of housing stock, but the vast majority of residential property was built in the early 20th century.

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