Walthamstow, situated in the East of London is a bright, energetic town. With house prices that are still affordable for some, it has become a very popular destination for first time buyers in recent years. I don’t go there to look at the houses though. For the best part of twenty years, I’ve visited Walthamstow for its market to pick up everything from patterned tights in my school days to meat and fresh fruit in my ‘adult’ years.
I went to Walthamstow over the weekend to grab some fruits and vegetable from the “paaahnd a bowl” stalls since I was already in London and even with the cost of driving to Walthamstow from North London, it still worked out cheaper than buying the same quantities of produce from a supermarket. Price aside, the quality of the produce seems better to me too! Anyway on with the facts and some pics from my last visit.
SEVEN Things you may not have known about Walthamstow Market
- ONE: Walthamstow Market is 1 kilometre long, making it Europe’s longest daily market
- TWO: It is home to L. Manze, one of the few remaining pie and mash shops in London. L. Manze opened in 1929
- THREE: Walthamstow Market is heaven on earth for textile lovers with a wealth of fabric stalls and shops
- FOUR: In 2004 a large part of the shopping centre which runs alongside the market was destroyed in a fire
- FIVE: The top of the market used to be home to a shopping arcade, built in the 1960s and demolished just before the millennium, only to be replaced with concrete for over ten years due to money shortages. There is now a cinema, restaurants and housing on this space.
- SIX: The market is walking distance from Walthamstow Central bus garage, underground and National Rail stations.
- SEVEN: Walthamstow Market is not open on a Monday! Throwing that in there because it’s caught me out many times!