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
Address: Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate
E17 9HQ
Transport: Tube: Walthamstow Central/Wood St rail
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  • Classes and workshops Saturday May 27 2017 - Saturday December 30 2017

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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Kirsty E

A neon wonderland found in the heart of Walthamstow, this isn't what you'd expect from the outside. Hidden in a salvage yard, you can find a unique and wonderful collection of everything neon and bright. This is totally different to every museum or collection I'd been to and was really fun to wonder through and explore all the small displays amongst the extravagant pieces and bright quotes scattered throughout. 

Nestled within is also a small cafe offering a simple selection of teas, cakes and drinks for an afternoon pick me up. 

Karolina Muczacza

It’s one of my favorite places in London.

If I have visitors over, I always take them there. It’s a pretty unique place in E17 far away from busy, touristic London. It’s a  little bit tricky to find, but it’s all worth it.

As soon as you enter the door and see all the neon lights, disco balls etc. it feels like you made it to Fantasyland. It’s a hidden gem in the centre of Walthamstow.

They also have a little bar with homemade cakes, very good coffee and a good selection of wine and beers. The staff is super friendly.


For the last 4 weeks I have been attending a Vinyasa Flow Yoga class run by The Good Life Yoga at the Blitz Factory. This is a warehouse space just around the corner from God's Own Junkyard, and owned by them. Attached is a photo of the Blitz Factory pre-yoga! As you can see the space follows the same theme as God's Own Junkyard - neon lights galore! It is possible to rent this space, which would be absolutely amazing for a private party, as it even has a DJ area at the front. The yoga classes here are the best I've found in London and only cost £10 for 60 minutes of pure yoga glow bliss.The bonus is that you get to pop into The Rolling Scones Cafe after, and purchase cake and tea for £4. That's yoga, neon lights and cake; what more can you want in life.. or your Instagram feed?  

Neil H

The Light Fantastic! This is one of my favourite free places in London to visit and an Instagrammer's dream. Oodles of neon lights and installations, with a cafe & bar also onsite. Tastemaker Tip - make a day of it and visit the nearby Wild Card Brewery and Mother's Ruin Gin Palace afterwards.

Dimple M

God's Own Junkyard is a neon fairytale hidden gem in the heart of Walthamstow. If you love magic then this is the place to go. You can do a few laps round the place and never have enough! They also have a café within the store which means you never have to leave (except at closing!)

Claire H

I've got to choose between Vestry House, Rose & Crown & GOJ. This is tough! I'll go for GOJ for exciting and quirky and new, and be grateful that the others are still around, too.

Michael B

One of the best places to visit in the whole of London never mind E17, the sharp intake of breath by first time visitors is proof of that. Like being inside a frozen firework display, and then you can pop around the corner to the Wild card brewery for a pint of Queen of Diamonds.

Linda C

A veritable Aladdin's cave. One could marvel for hours at the wonderfully creative neon work. You feel like you are on a film set and you can also take tea there or just relax in the sunshine (when the sun shines)

Katie R

Great fun and great space to grab a drink or coffee and admire the bright lights.

Katie R

Great fun and great space to grab a drink or coffee and admire the bright lights.

Natalie S

Totally unique and just love that it is in my neighbourhood! hope to have a neon sign one day!

Claire Y

Love it! A great attraction, lovely cafe, good team. They have a pleasant habit of playing The Beatles' 'White Album' too, which can only be in its favour.

Helen M

The go to place when friends and family are in town. Never fail to see something new and different every time we visit.

Sofia C

Easily one of the best things about Walthamstow. It's like nothing you've ever seen before!


This place is awesome! I mean, you just have to look at the millions of photos tagged on instagram to know what to expect. It really is an instagrammers paradise with so much to see - hundreds of quirky, retro, kitch and quirky neon signs hanging across every inch of the walls and ceiling. I can only imagine the electricity bill! It's a shame none of it is for sale as there's plenty i'd want hanging in my own home.

There's a cute cafe there were you can grab a coffee, slice of cake or even a beer, and a slightly odd gift shop - why you'd want a t-shirt with their branding I don't know but it's there if you want it!

It's sort of in an area that is out of the way but once you're there there is plenty to do, from a gin cocktail at neighbouring Mother's Ruin to some craft beer and a pizza at the Wild Card Brewery both next door.

Cynthia F

This location is an Instagrammer's delight! Everytime I pop in there I notice something different! There's cool postcards you can buy, and if you fancy grabbing a nibble at the cafe there is free wifi too!

Laura B

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.


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

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

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. 

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!


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

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.

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.


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...


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! 

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