ASK SOMEONE what they know about Walthamstow. Your answer will probably be something relating to dog track racing, or that Steve from EastEnders occasionally crosses the mythical border of Walford and does dodgy deals up there. Yes, Walthamstow does have one of the largest dog tracks in the country, but there's more than just panting greyhounds and fictitious neighbours to this London neighbourhood.
Walthamstow High Street is always bustling with life - never more so than on a weekend. It boasts a street market over a mile long (one of the biggest in Europe), on which you can find everything from microwave ovens, seafood snacks, fake Calvin Kleins and, of course, fruit and veg. The longevity of so many traditional East End stalls and shops on the market, combined with its multiculturalism, are what gives Walthamstow its unique, flavoursome character.
For an authentic East End feed go for pie and mash with green liquor sauce at Manze. Its interior remains unchanged since the Edwardian era. At the top of the high street, you can browse in Hammicks bookshop, with a free coffee in one of their leather armchairs. It's billed as East London's biggest bookshop! You could easily spend an evening eating out in the village at one of the good Italian, Indian and modern British restaurants.
Dotted about are numerous pubs, the best of which (The Village, Central Station and The Ferry Inn) have excellent beer gardens, as well as serving good food. …