Walthamstow Market and Eat 17

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Looking for somewhere new to shop? London’s Walthamstow Market is the longest street market in England and sells everything you could possibly want at bargain prices.

The market is great for groceries, homeware and fashion. You can kit out your kitchen, bulk buy bananas and hoard some new handbags at discount prices. The market also has a few high street favourites including New Look, Peacocks and Dorothy Perkins.

There are hundreds of stalls so you’ll need to rummage to find amazing stuff, but it’s worth it. I spent all day Saturday bargain hunting and didn’t even get to the end of the road!

My favourite thing about Walthamstow Market is the haberdashery. There are lots of stalls selling sewing threads, buttons, ribbons and amazing carnival sequin trims. If you look hard enough, you’ll even find Kylie and Bros patches for your jeans.

There are plenty of cheap and cheerful places to eat in the market but we followed a tip from a friend and took a 10-minute walk to find Orford Road, a hidden street of lovely restaurants.

We picked Eat17 as most of the locals were eating there, looking happy and well fed. The hamburgers were delicious but we had food envy over every dish coming out of the kitchen. I didn’t have room for pudding, but will be going back to try them all, especially the one which appeared to be served in a flowerpot.

What’s your favourite London Market?


  1. Nic says:

    hopelessly middleclass that it is (except for the rampant pickpockets – do watch out), it has to be Columbia Road flower market. nelly duff, marcos and trump, the window that sells prawns and sausage sammies, the second hand market round the back with the coffee and bacon sandwiches, future vintage, angela flanders… i’ve been known to barter fresh apples from the store for a herb pot. LOVE it

  2. Lilac says:

    Is Walthamstow market near Walthamstow tube? I’m moving to Seven Sisters soon so this could be an excellent shopping destination for me !