A special walking tour of Walthamstow, led by our professional Blue Badge Guides, exploring this unique outer London town centre, as part of NLA’s London’s Towns programme.
Linked to each other and central London by the 1972 Victoria Line, Brixton and Walthamstow represent two very different case studies of how London’s towns are developing and regenerating, providing thousands of new homes and jobs for London, improved transport infrastructure and cultural offerings, while maintaining their distinctive identities and acting as focal points for local communities.
Explore Zone 3 Walthamstow’s recent and upcoming regeneration plans, including anti-congestion initiatives, high street improvements and the provisions of increased housing and workspaces.
In 1972, the completion of the Victoria Line connected the satellite town of Walthamstow through central to south London raising the profile of a corner of Essex that was not part of London until 1965 when Waltham Forest borough was born. The London house-buying boom of the new millennium found the 500-year old village of Walthamstow on its radar, sealing its "affordable" reputation.
With a new generation of residents who campaigned and helped the council secure London funds for neighbourhood and village rejuvenation, Walthamstow began winning attention and awards, including a New London Awards in 2016 for ‘The Scene’. Success has inspired initiatives such as Community Gardens, Pro-Cycling and Healthy Streets, as well as anti-congestion schemes and the thriving station transport/market hub. This walking tour will explore the knock-on impact which can be seen in surrounding medium-scale office and residential improvements bringing a sense of inclusivity to the area’s growing young multicultural community, with further public realm advances expected to usher in more built developments to join borough landmarks including the renovated William Morris Gallery - former home of the artist and awarded Museum of the Year 2013.
Meet at Walthamstow Central Station, Bus Station exit, E17 7LP