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Walthamstow area guide

Your guide to the best restaurants, bars and secret spots in Walthamstow, London's Eden of the East

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You've heard the rumours of a haven at the end of the Victoria line, and you want to see it for yourself. As well as being home to Walthamstow Market – the longest in Europe!  and near to leafy Epping Forest, Walthamstow is as close as you can get to the countryside without leaving the city.

As young Londoners moved further out of the capital in search of cheaper rents and house prices, many found themselves in E17, turning it into an evolving young suburb. It's home to the annual festival Walthamstow Garden Party, a popular London brewery and a particularly special neon treasure. But it's a place that works hard to preserve its industrial heritage, and east London pie and mash spirit. New restaurants, bars and venues are popping up in the area every month, so we've picked a few of our favourites. 

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The best bits of Walthamstow

13 reasons to visit Orford Road in Walthamstow, E17
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13 reasons to visit Orford Road in Walthamstow, E17

It's one of London's prettiest streets, but it has edge to it if you know where to look. 

14 brilliant things to do on Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow
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14 brilliant things to do on Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow

This semi-industrial stretch of London is filled with small workshops and art studios. And you can get a decent breakfast.

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Things to do in Walthamstow

Lloyd Park
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Lloyd Park

A beautiful conservation space that plays host the Walthamstow Garden Party every year. 

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5 out of 5 stars
William Morris Gallery
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William Morris Gallery

See original patterns, rugs and prints made by William Morris in the pioneering designer's former home. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
God's Own Junkyard
Art

God's Own Junkyard

Give it the old razzle dazzle in this salvage yard filled with the neon works of artist Chris Bracey. It has a licensed café too. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars

Restaurants in Walthamstow

Orford Saloon
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Orford Saloon

Tuck into tapas outdoors or hide from the weather in the cosy dining room. It's little piece of Spain in the middle of Walthamstow. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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Eat 17
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Eat 17

Don't leave without trying the buttermilk chicken burger and the restaurant's own-brand bacon jam (unless you're veggie of course). 

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
La Cafeteria
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La Cafeteria

It looks like a café, sounds like a café and serves food in café-sized portions, but the globetrotting menu at La Cafeteria is more inventive than most local lunch spots, and the food of a much higher quality. It also now opens Thursday to Sunday evenings, thanks to public demand.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Urfa Ocakbasi
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Urfa Ocakbasi

A great choice of kebabs cooked on a traditional ocakbasi grill and quality mezze for the veggies. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Hotels near Walthamstow

The Lion & Key Hotel

The Lion & Key Hotel

A stylish little Leyton hotel located close to City Airport. 

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Best Western London Highbury

Best Western London Highbury

Best Western London Higbury overlooks Finsbury Park.

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Pubs and bars in Walthamstow

Ye Olde Rose & Crown
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Ye Olde Rose & Crown

Footy on the telly, folk club in the function room, banter at the bar, lager in the fridge. What more could you want?

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
King William IV Pub And Brewery

King William IV Pub And Brewery

Just a 10-minute drive from central Stratford, King William IV Pub and Brewery has a traditional pub and on-site brewery. If you miss your train, it just so happens to be a hotel, too. 

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Bell
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Bell

A big, busy pub on one of those big, busy London crossroads. Good ale, friendly staff and a varied food menu = a perfect Sunday. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Mirth, Marvel and Maud
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Mirth, Marvel and Maud

Sip elaborate cocktails in this Grade II listed former cinema filled with body-swallowing leather couches. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars

The perfect weekend in Walthamstow

Explore: Walthamstow Marshes
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Explore: Walthamstow Marshes

Spot wildlife in the Walthamstow Marsh Nature Reserve or go blackberry picking in this Green Flag award-winning grassland. 

Eat: Wood Street Coffee
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Eat: Wood Street Coffee

Get stuffed with a full breakfast stack in this speciality coffee house: halloumi, avocado, poached egg, spinach. The works. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Drink: Wild Card Brewery
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Drink: Wild Card Brewery

Have a locally-crafted pale ale in a car park at this micro-brewery and bar serving a range of bottled, cask beers and keg beers.

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5 out of 5 stars
Visit: God's Own Junkyard
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Visit: God's Own Junkyard

Give it the old razzle dazzle in this salvage yard filled with the neon works of artist Chris Bracey. 

Users say
5 out of 5 stars