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Where to hang out

Walthamstow Village, 10 minutes from Walthamstow Central, is a sophisticated hub, with delis, organic food shops and charming pubs and restaurants, including Eat 17, which is making waves for its Brit fare ( Also try tapas restaurant the Orford Saloon (32 Orford Road E17 9NJ). There are also decent pubs on Wood Street and Coppermill Lane. During the day, stock up on fruit and veg for a steal at Walthamstow Market, Europe’s longest outdoor market.

And journalist Janine Kelso, 33, says: “For cheap vintage clothes, vinyl and antiques, I recommend Wood Street Indoor Market.”
Get lungfuls of fresh air at the marshes and canals – a wonderland for walkers and cyclists. Plus, the area’s central green space, Lloyd Park, has just been given a multi-million pound re-vamp and now has a skate park. Also steal on over to Lea Bridge Road for ice skating and horseriding.

What can you rent?

The Warner flat is unique to Walthamstow and probably provides the best value, says Huseyin Sem, of Kings Group, in Hoe Street. “They are one-, two- or three-bedroom maisonettes, a majority of which can be found in the Lloyd Park area and around Blackhorse Lane,” he explains. More expensive, and smaller, are the Victorian Terraces, found in the Village area.
However, Bairstow Eves’s Mike Buniak warns Walthamstow’s property bargains won’t last much longer. “Prices will rise,” he says. “The trendy effect is bubbling out.”

What the locals say

Eleanore Robinson Journalist, 35: “Walthamstow is a little gem people rarely venture out of Central London to discover. At the heart is its vibrant street market and unpretentious cafes and pubs.”

Nick Daly Ops Mgr, 30: “It’s really easy to get to from the City, but far enough away so there’s peace and quiet when I want it – plus, I’ve got a garden with a barbecue, and that’s sublime.”

Pawel Kolat Software engineer, 34: “If you’re prepared to look beyond the grimness, Walthamstow has a really bohemian feel to it, as lots of artists and media types seem to be moving into the area.”

E17 Info

Borough Waltham Forest

Council Tax £1458.93 per year, Band D

Travel time to London 20 mins

Tube Zone 3; Victoria line, Overground; National Rail

Average room share 1-bed £481pcm

Average rental 1-bed  £850pcm

Average flat 1-bed £170,000

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