God's Own Junkyard

Art, Galleries Upper Walthamstow
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God’s Own Junkyard showcases the late 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.
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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
Opening hours: Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm
Transport: Tube: Walthamstow Central/Wood St rail
Price: Free
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tastemaker

I love this place! It is neon signs galore and #insta heaven rolled into one! They have all kinds of quirky lights, statues etc. A really cool spot to walk around and definitely worth making a trip to Wandsworth for.

tastemaker

Without a doubt, one of London's most amazing places! 

Went to check this neon jungle out this weekend, and could not believe I hadn't been before. I love all things lettering and neon so I was in heaven. An incredible signage collection, with vintage ephemera scattered around meant I didn't know which way to look first! The Rolling Scones cafe, as well as having a great name, also does generous slices of homemade cakes, which you can eat on one of the comfy sofas dotted around the cafe space – a great vantage point to soak up the crazy variety of signage on the walls. 

It's not a big place, so I'd get there as early as possible, as it was packed just after lunchtime. It's also located in an industrial estate so I'd recommend parking on one of the residential side roads nearby. Can't recommend a visit to this place enough. 

tastemaker

My brother said seen as we are on Walthamstow we must go to Gods own Junkyard. Now I feel I have heard about this before but as soon as I got to the entrance I realised ah yes an Instagram heaven so this is where I've seen it before.

I was sort of gutted to only have 15 minutes to walk around (we had roast club to attend)

The place is the holder of all neon signs known to existence (disclaimer - I cannot guarantee this fact) and a delightful little kitchen serving home made cakes and yummy looking foods plus booze too. Then a cute little junk based Garden space outside which is a little gem.

Next time in Walthamstow this is my first stop for food and I won't be restricted on times.

If you love neon signs and a good independent venue with food this is for you or if you are a curious instagrammer it's a no brainer!

tastemaker

Free to enter, you'll step into a wonderland full of delicious neon delights! There is a cafe inside when your eyes need a break, and there are some breweries outside too. Worth the trek to the end of the victoria line!

tastemaker

So it was a while ago since I had been to this little attraction, but it was one of the first to pop up and cause a stir, as well as being the start of the hipster revolution in the stow. Tucked away in a little corner of Walthamstow, this place is a wonder and if you get dizzy looking at all of the lights this wonder is also a cafe. Or if you fancy something a bit stronger pop next door to mothers ruin, a cozy little gin joint.

tastemaker

Gods Own Junkyard is basically a neon lovers heaven- trashy or quirky who knows? All I can say is its a wonderful place filled with amazing neon light pieces ranging from dancing flamingos to 70s style porn advertisements . I would argue there is something for everyone here whether or not you like a simple neon sign that says 'cocktails' or a massive heeled shoe with a huge neon dollar sign in it- i'm sure there is something to tickle your fancy. 

I was also surprised to find that there was a cafe and outside attached to this vibrant junkyard stowed away in Walthemstow. Me and a friend shared nachos with all the trimmings and each had a glass of sauvingon blanc which was perfect and made the trip feel like more of a day out. While Gods Own Junkyard is a shop I would argue it is also a gallery as the pieces are excellent and there is so much going on to appreciate, I would definitely recommend the trip.

tastemaker

After googling ‘Quirky things to do in London’ this was one of the top on the list so my friend and I decided to try it out – and we are so glad we did! Located around the back of an old industrial estate its far away hidden from everyday life, adding to its wonderful weirdness. Walking into the property was literally like walking into a rainbow of colour and light, we didn’t know where to look first! Literally every wall and surface is crammed with hundreds of neon signs and installations, and then there were even more covering the ceiling. We walked around for about an hour just mesmerised by the bright lights and signs, we then sat down for a coffee at the lovely little onsite café to take it all in. The owner was happy for us to take pictures and explore his wonderful work creations. A fantastic place to visit!


A trek to get to, but so worth it.


So.much.to.look.at. 


It's fun to get lost in and makes for a 10/10 instagram. There's a quaint cafe in the back of this warehouse with light drinks and eats. 



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.


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)


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


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


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


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.


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


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

Tastemaker

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.

tastemaker

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!

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.

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.


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.

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. 

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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!

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.


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


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!


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

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...

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! 

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