I went to this place just last saturday! Pakistani food, with authentic taste. Its not the nicest of restaurants walthamstow has to offer in terms of ambience...but this where you go to feel like you have been transported to Pakistan or India. Its a very friendly local atmosphere and there is a queue on the weekends with all sorts of people, English, African, Asian. This shows it appeals to lots of people.
Favorite Dish: Haleem with Naan is excellent! Make sure you squeeze some lemon and take the garnishings! Its just a mix of lentils and fine crushed meat, but very tasty Punjabi food!
Walthamstow probably never rated highly on the foodies map of London, but it should, and this place is the reason why. A proper Italian restaurant of the chalkboard variety (no printed menus) with excellent quality food and patient, friendly service.
Favorite Dish: I cannot recommend any one thing because there is no printed menu - food is prepared according to what's in season. But it's all good.
It is the longest street market in Europe - over a mile long!
What to buy: Anything you want? from daily groceries to clothing and lots of ethnic products, music, home furnishings - EVERYTHING!
What to pay: you never come back empty handed!! for a weekly shopping of fresh fruit and vegetables and great prices - expect to spend about £10 for 4 people.
I love the mixing of cultures in Walthamstow, everyone is down to earth and friendly. The ethnic mix means you can enjoy different foods and items that you mostly get when you travel - especially Pakistani food! It is a colourful part of London.
It is a cheap part of London to live, with great links into central london - just 20 minutes! we have both underground and overground rail connections. Also very very quick for London Stanstead and London City Airport. Heathrow Airport is 1h 30 minutes on the Underground train, but its easy because only one small change 5 metres walk across the platform at Finsbury Park!)
Walthamstow also has alot of history! William Morris the philosopher and artist (who also invented wallpaper) used to live here and you can see his William Morris Gallery inside Lloyds Park which used to be the home of John Lloyd a victorian printing tycoon who made a beautiful house and gardens for himself.
Also there is the first ever motor car in London in the Vestry House Museum on Vestry Road. This is located in the old walthamstow village, just across Hoe St from the station. Its a very nice characterful part of Walthamstow with an old church and graveyard in the middle!
The Waltham Forest Townhall near to my home is great, its is used in movies and commercials regularly and my brother got married there!
The Walthamstow Market and all its action is a must see also - see below.
Fondest memory: The walthamstow Market - is the longest street market in Europe - it is a great experience where you can buy virtually anything at cheap prices! Its great fun - its like a theater!