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The Night Shift guide to wandering in Walthamstow

Fri Feb 15 2019

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‘They face away from the audience and the instrument is covered in felt. They play in the most tender and devastati……


The Night Shift guide to wandering in Walthamstow

Walthamstow – a leafy district of East London – has a fascinating cultural history. 

Recorded as the settlement of Wilcumestou in the Domesday Book of 1086, it’s been the home of hundreds of cultural luminaries like the artist and author William Morris, who was born there and lived there for several years.  More recently it’s been the subject of an album by East 17, the birthplace of X-Factor Winner Fleur East, and a stronghold for grime music.

So it makes sense it’s now a major cultural centre, as part Waltham Forest – London’s first Borough of Culture. What does this mean? Awarded by the Mayor of London, the scheme will highlight the diversity of arts and culture in the area, exploring the theme of Radicals, Makers and Fellowship in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives.

Ye Olde Rose and Crown

God’s Own Junkyard

William Morris

Not content with being a musical hotspot, Walthamstow is the home of the longest daily street market in Europe, and the marvellous E17 Art Trail – a sprawling festival of exhibitions, talks, walks and performances that takes place in June. If you’re a keen Grammer, you’ve probably come across the trippy delights of God’s Own Junkyard, a gaudy palace of neon signs made by Chris Bracey, who has produced props for directors like Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan. This free gallery is open from Friday-Sunday. Get your picture taken there before everyone else does.

As part of #WFculture19, we’re very excited to pay a visit to Walthamstow on Thursday 28 February at Ye Olde Rose and Crown. This pub has a phenomenal beer selection, pop-up street food kitchens, and regularly hosts major stand ups like Stewart Lee to packed crowds in its 100-capacity venue.

Hopefully our jokes about Haydn will enjoy a similarly warm reception!

The Night Shift, Walthamstow, Thursday 28 Feb

The Night Shift – Walthamstow

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