What if we told you that hidden away at the end of the Victoria line is a haven… spoken of by many… but seen by so few? Well… we’d be telling the truth! Sort of. It’s definitely a haven. And whilst it’s true that Walthamstow historically has been surprisingly under-acknowledged; these days, young families especially flock here for the fantastic schools, great value homes, quirky shops and green open spaces. Here’s everything you need to know about this now thriving part of East London.
Why is Walthamstow a haven? Because it is blessed with green open space. It’s about as close to the countryside you can get, without actually leaving the city. The breath taking Epping forest, with its 50,000 trees and 100 ponds runs alongside Walthamstow. Then there’s Walthamstow wetlands (a 211 hectare complex of ten reservoirs), Lea valley – and the beautiful conservation space that is Lloyd Park.
Whilst it used to be the case that buyers were only really interested in the village (with the ancient church, independent shops and pretty cottages) – the rest of Walthamstow has now caught up, and is very much sought after too. And although these previously ‘rough around the edges’ bits have seen some massive changes in recent years – Walthamstow has worked hard to retain it’s industrial heritage and pie and mash spirit. You’ll find quirky independents aplenty here – and the high street hosts one of the most famous markets… a kilometer long paradise of street stalls, fruit and veg, homeware, clothing (to name a few). There’s literally nothing you can’t buy at Walthamstow market!
Walthamstow is also well known for being home to the the award winning William Morris Gallery, the annual festival Walthamstow Garden Party (held in the stunning Loyd Park), an incredible London brewery and a much coveted neon treasure. If you talk to the locals, you will hear them describing Walthamstow as friendly, lively and diverse, with great schools, parks, paygrounds and a fantastic sense of community. Couple all that with the explosion of independent shops, cafes and bars the area has seen in recent years… it’s safe to say you’ll fit right in – and you’ll never be bored. It’s an easy place to call home.
What’s on there?
You won’t be short of things to do in Walthamstow. There’s the previously mentioned William Morris Gallery … the only public museum devoted to the English Arts and Crafts designer, socialist and source of all that flowery wallpaper. Then there’s God’s Own Junkyard – enough to brighten the gloomiest of days! Head over to this funky warehouse for a sensory overload of vintage signs, neons and other eclectic bits. Sunny? Why not take a trip to Europe’s largest urban wetland reserve? Walthamlow Wetlands not only provides drinking water for London – it’s also recognised internationally for it’s importance to migrating birds. Just 15 minutes from central London, you will experience a unique environment to explore and connect with nature. Shopping? Don’t miss Walthamstow Market! It’s the longest in Europe don’t you know!
How much does it cost?
A 1 bedroomed flat in Walthamstow will cost you on average £310,000 to buy or £1,134 a month to rent. A 4 bedroomed property will cost you on average £712,000 to buy, or £2,077 a month to rent.
E17 is the Walthamstow postcode.
Walthamstow is close to central London, and the area is extremely well served by buses. There are trains to Liverpool Street from Wood Street, Walthamstow Central and St James Street, while Blackhorse Road and Walthamstow Queen’s Road are on the Overground Gospel Oak to Barking line.
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