The Borough of Waltham Forest is located in north east London. With a variety of reservoirs, open space, small sections of Epping Forest, parks and playing fields, which together cover a fifth of the borough, it is an interesting and diverse place to live.
To the west, the River Lea and the surrounding parkland forms a green corridor, traditionally separating north and east London. Waltham Forest was one of the six London boroughs that hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics. A hidden gem near Walthamstow Central is Walthamstow Village, an ancient nuclear of present day. A designated conservation area, it contains a 12th Century church, a 15th Century timber-framed Hall House as well as the iconic Nag’s Head Pub, housed in a perfectly-preserved Victorian building. Not to mention the best tapas in town can be found at the Orford Saloon.
If classic cinema is your thing, Alfred Hitchcock, film maker and master of suspense, was born in 1899 at 517 High Road. Leytonstone and his name lives on locally in the Alfred Hitchcock Hotelon Whipps Cross Road E11. The entrance to Leytonstone tube station also has 17 glass mosaics showing some of his most notable films.
A couple of notable buildings in the area are the Waltham Forest Town Hall and the now-empty Walthamstow Stadium. Both offering a hint of art deco, the former is a stunning Grade II listed building housing the entire borough’s civil service.The latter once showcased speedway in the 40s and 50s, stock car racing in the 60s and most recently served as one of London’s few remaining tracks on which to race dogs. There is a campaign to save one of Walthamstow’s iconic structures, but it might pay to check it out before its unfortunate end is confirmed.
Walthamstow Market claims to be Europe’s longest street market and occupies all but the last 100 metres of Walthamstow High Street. A cross between a typical East End street market and a souk, there’s no better place to see the vibrant, multicultural character of the borough. The market began in 1885 and operates everyday except Monday. On Sunday it hosts a farmer’s market and occasionally on Saturday our Gallic cousins from across the channel, who come to temp us with French cheeses.