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Things to do in London Borough of Waltham Forest, Greater London


The London Borough of Waltham Forest is on the outer edge of northeast London, between The London Borough of Enfield and The London Borough of Redbridge.

Facts and Figures:

Waltham Forest is one of London's larger boroughs by area, covering almost 39km. It has a population of 218,000 with 21.5% under the age of 16. The area is 64% Ethnic white.

Waltham Forest was where the Bremer, Britain's first internal combustion engine-driven car, was produced in the 1890s.

This borough has more green space than any other London borough and will be the home of the "Angel of Leyton", the wind turbine for the 2012 Olympic Park. The area has extensive forests, reservoirs, parks and playing fields.

The borough has spawned many musicians over the years including Blazin' Squad, Jammer and Ozzie B. It is also home to many artists including Sally Moore and Eamon Everall, who founded the "Stuckism" Arts Movement. The borough promotes the E17 Art Trail each summer and has several art galleries.


Waltham Forest dates back to the Stone Age with evidence in the borough of Bronze Age and Roman civilizations. The area boomed during the Industrial Revolution and was the home of small industries involved in copper refining and milling. The Royal Small Arms Factory, which supplied weapons to the military, was based in Waltham Forest and diecast Matchbox Toys were also made there in their thousands.

The London Borough of Waltham Forest is now a busy shopping area, boasting Europe's longest daily street market at Walthamstow, the borough's main administrative centre.

Celebrity residents include the artist William Morris and film director Alfred Hitchcock, who were both born in the borough, as was footballer and England Captain, David Beckham and cricketer, Graham Gooch. The poet Pascale Petit lives in Walthamstow and the borough has a thriving Poetry Society.

Borough Attractions:

Walthamstow Village is a designated conservation area and is a charming place to get a feel of the old historic area. Within the village setting, there is the Vestry House Museum, built as a workhouse and laid out with a typical Victorian parlour and a police cell.

The former home of artist and craftsman William Morris is now home to the William Morris Gallery in Lloyd Park. It has exhibits of his fabrics, wallpaper and stained glass on display.

Getting There:

The borough is served by stations on the Central and Victoria lines of the London Underground. The London Overground also has several stations in the borough and Waltham Forest is on many London bus routes.

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