Walthamstow is London's coolest neighbourhood, apparently.

The Telegraph recently voted the sprawling north east London district the number one coolest neighbourhood in Britain, while Time Out voted it Britain's third coolest hood. 

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Once famed for spawning 1990s band East 17 and for being a bit rough, Walthamstow has gone through a regeneration in recent years and is still evolving into something new. 

Home to long-time east Londoners, a buzzy creative community, ageing hipsters priced out of Hackney, and all walks of life in between, Walthamstow's charm is a mix of intrepid and eclectic creativity, gentrified comforts and old school London charm. 

The Blackhorse Beer Mile is a collection of independent breweries that regularly holds pub crawl-like events, bank holiday parties and fun stuff like gigs. Housed in an industrial pocket, many of these breweries have huge suntrap beer gardens for summer sessions too. 

God's Own Junkyard is a chaotic neon wonderland and neon-sign factory regularly papped on Instagram. Found on an industrial estate, Pillars BreweryThe Wild Card Brewery and taproom, and gin palace Mother's Ruin are next door. 

Stalwart fringe theatre, comedy and new writing hub Soho Theatre, is in the process of restoring the Grade II listed picture house on Hoe Street into a mid-sized performance venue, cinema and community space, Soho Theatre Walthamstow. This is due to open sometime this year.

LGBTQ venue The William Morris has a stacked programme of queer events and drag nights, and there are many long-standing neighbourhood boozers to discover too.

Food wise, plant-based Indian restaurant Spice Box is a locals' fave, thanks to its luxurious curries and cheerful interiors. Head to Sodo Pizza for delicious sourdough pies and keep an eye out for Supperclub Tube where you can dine in a refurbished 1960s London Tube carriage. 

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Pootle through the Village to window shop with a coffee and pastry in hand, or maybe a cheeky pint, or step out into nature for a stroll at the glorious Walthamstow Wetlands.

For a hit of arts and culture, head to the William Morris Gallery, named after Walthamstow's famous arts and crafts era designer, or Blackhorse Workshop, a social enterprise that runs wood and metal workshops for all levels. Also look out for street art tours, run by Wood Street Walls.