God's Own Junkyard

Art , Galleries Upper Walthamstow
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God's Own Junkyard showcases neon artist Chris Bracey's personal collection of work in a salvage yard in Walthamstow. It contains everything from his signage for Soho sex clubs in the '60s to his work for the movie industry, including pieces that were used in 'Captain America', 'Eyes Wide Shut', 'Byzantium' and more. Sandwiched in between all of this, you'll find his artwork, some of which have been exhibited in his gallery shows, and others that were specially commissioned by other artists and clients.

The Junkyard is currently open to visitors 1030am-4pm, every Friday and Saturday. Entry is free.

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God's Own Junkyard says
God's Own Junkyard is a neon wonderland in Walthamstow. If you love neon this is the place to go. Within our junkyard visit our Rolling Scones café which offers cream teas and a selection of freshly baked cakes and food, or chill with an alcoholic beverage in our fully licensed bar within our cafe.
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Venue name: God's Own Junkyard
Contact:
Address: Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate
Walthamstow
London
E17 9HQ
Transport: Tube: Walthamstow Central/Wood St rail
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Laura B
Tastemaker

This place is magical! Stepping through the door from the unassuming facade is like wandering into someone's brilliantly colourful dream. So many items fight for space and scream for your attention that it is initially a little overwhelming. But take your time and you shall be rewarded. There is a wealth of work here. So many signs, so many themes, so impressive. All gently humming and all mesmerising and wondrous in their own way. This incarnation of a gallery has a cafe offering drinks and sweet and savoury snacks. Since moving from the previous Walthamstow site many of the precious objects that were displayed outdoors are no longer on display but there does seem to be more neon on show. Cannot believe this is free. A true hidden gem and one I will return to.

KJ
Tastemaker

An Aladdin’s cave of neon beauty. God’s Own Junkyard offers the opportunity to immerse yourself into pop culture like never before. The junkyard is full of numerous signs, to keep you entertained for hours or it’s the sort of place you could take a quick browse and then relax amongst the pieces and take it all in. Plenty on show to keep your camera snapping, so don’t be shy. They have a coffee shop inside with seating as well as seating outside in a small courtyard. The whole place is rather charming and a great way to spend a weekend afternoon.


Neil K
Tastemaker

God's Own Junkyard is quite simply a magical place. The overall effect is equivalent to cramming the quirkiest lights of the Las Vegas strip into one industrial unit in Walthamstow, but actually way better than that. In actual fact most are to buy and there are all sorts in there, including many from films, including the Rainbows and Tuxedos signs from Stanley Kubricks 'Eyes Wide Shut' and a set of yellow traffic lights from the Gotham City of Tim Burton's Batman. I've never seen anything like it anywhere; totally amazeballs! There is also a small on-site cafe with nice food and drinks and check the website for occasional events.

Bonnie W
Tastemaker

Walking into God’s Own Junkyard feels like entering into a fantasy land. Absolutely everywhere you look there are incredible neon signs hanging up and when you look closer there are so many quirky antiques to discover as well as the biggest disco ball I have ever seen. After browsing through the warehouse until your hearts content, there is a cafe in the back which is great for sitting back and having a coffee at. If you’re up for something stronger, there’s also a brewery and a gin bar just next door. 

GP
Staff Writertastemaker

If I was wring a list for a visitor with 24 hours in London this place would be top of the list. Its incredible. Not only the work of one amazing artist who made some of the most impressive neon signs in film and tv in my lifetime but also his personal collection of neon and other signage from London. Its so beautiful to see such a full collection in the uk.


Also worth visiting on a week end when the brewery opposite is open and the sun  is shining as you'll want something cold and refreshing to drink after being under all those lights!

LoveLondon
Tastemaker

What a wonderland! There's so much here! Disco balls, giant shoes, Jesus dressed in Chanel and Louis Vuitton- everywhere you look, you find something new and wonderful! 

Did you know you can rent this entire place out for private events and photoshoots? The owners here actually make all these neon lights, so if you have an idea or want something made- go to them- they are experts! 

Kritt N
Tastemaker

Did you know London has it's own bright lights to rival that of New York's Time Square? OK, so I might be exaggerating a bit but who would have thought there would exist a real neon wonderland right here in London that isn't Piccadilly Circus? 


Based in Walthamstow, God's Own Junkyard is a little tricky to find, but this might actually work to it's benefit as it's quiet and good to visit any point in the week. It's also forms part of an industrial estate. It may not look appealing from the outside, but persevere and once you step inside, you'll be awe-struck by the the bright neon lights.


From neon lights reminiscent of seedy soho (nothing explicit here, mind) to the bright lights of West End theatres, there is an eclectic mix of neon art to explore to your heart's content. Everyone of all ages will love it.


It's completely free to check out and if you live near Walthamstow, you have to visit. For everyone else, this is a hidden gem and you will not be disappointed if you make the effort to visit.

Ann B

This place is amazing. For those who like all things quirky, magical, bright and a little saucy at times, this is the place to go. Even if you only visit it once, it has to be done! Great little café inside too.

Hannah M

Bright shiny amazingness! Cafe is well stocked also for a nice cold beer in great surroundings.

Siobhan R

Everyone should visit this place at least once in their life. It's like entering a wonderland and it's magical, and if it's all too much and you need a sit down they now have a cafe too so you can gaze with longing at beautiful, funny and sometimes rude lights!

Eddy F

It doesn't matter where you live, this temple of neon really is worth the trek across town to Walthamstow for.

Angharad
Tastemaker

If you're a fan of humming along to K-West's "All of the liiiiiiights", then Chris Bracey'a neon warehouse is your wet dream. Packed with wondrous works of art, there's an Instagram opportunity around every corner (if you're douchey like that, I most certainly am). The Rolling Scones cafe is also a delight, I love to swing by for a BLT sarnie on a Saturday morning! I'm yet to follow it up with a beverage from the dodgy looking gin palace next door though...

Naomi
Tastemaker

Upon leaving Walthamstow Central station, we followed some rather dodgy directions (it's a really cute walk though, an adorable pub on the way too!) which led us to the industrial estate which houses this neon light wonder. The door is just open, anybody can wander in and have a look around at this crazy ensemble of neon lights, props, fairground lights, random objects and giant disco balls - plus there's a cafe-come-bar in the corner inside here too selling everything from a number of independent ales to beans on toast. You will never see anything like this again, it is a truly truly unique experience and the kind of place with so much around you to look at that you could easily spend a good few hours wondering around! 

Ben R

This place is amazing. You can walk around it for hours and you'll keep seeing something new and different. The glowing neon, giant mirror balls and statues are all incredible and you might even recognise a piece of neon from a Hollywood film. It's a must visit in Walthamstow and since moving to it's new home at Ravenswood Industrial Estate it now also homes the Rolling Scones Cafe (or pop across the industrial estate to Wildcard Brewery for a beer!) I went with the idea of buying a piece of neon for my house and that idea quickly disappeared when enquiring about prices! Everyone I've ever taken along loves it. Go see it!

writtenbyfitton

I have never seen anything like this before!  God's Own Junkyard will blow your mind, I swear.  The late, great Chris Bracey worked with neon for over four decades, and filled a Walthamstow warehouse with neon artworks, circus signs and larger-than-life film props - it's truly spectacular and needs to be seen to be believed.  


Arlene madayag

Very interesting piece of article, looking forward to visiting The yard this w/end. Looking for some ideas for my daughters room And this has given me some very good ideas so far!

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moderatorStaff Writer

There's an undeniable allure of neon signs and these guys are insanely talented in their art. It's nice to nose around what's only a snippet of their collection. However, while no reflection on the company and the wonders therein, you do feel like a bit of a stereotypical hipster on a date snapping easy-win Instagram shots.