Time Out’s coolest neighbourhoods: Which London borough is one of the trendiest?

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Last year Dalston was ranked in 13th place in Time Out’s annual list, but the area fails to make an appearance this time alongside its eastside ‘rival’ in this year’s poll.

Walthamstow has been hailed as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world by Time Out magazine.

The influential city guide’s 2022 list placed Walthamstow as number 17 in its top 51 global hit list published on Tuesday.

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The magazine ranks the E17 neighbourhood, amongst trendy parts of other world cities including the colourful Vila Madalena in São Paulo, Shawlands in Glasgow and Shimokitazawa in Tokyo.

Last year Dalston was ranked in 13th place in Time Out’s annual list, but the area fails to make an appearance this time alongside its eastside ‘rival’ in this year’s poll.

Wild Card Brewery. Credit: Blackhorse Beer MileWild Card Brewery. Credit: Blackhorse Beer Mile
Wild Card Brewery. Credit: Blackhorse Beer Mile

What did Time Out say about Walthamstow?

On Walthamstow, Time Out said: “If you’re from London, Walthamstow has a bit of a rep. It’s where all your friends moved five years ago: the place with more prams than people, where the streets are awash with hoppy IPAs, sourdough pizza and obnoxiously expensive house plants.

“But this isn’t just where people priced out of Hackney go to have kids: there’s loads to do, tons of nice people call it home, and it’s an actual creative hub, a place where stuff gets made.

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“Over on Blackhorse Lane you’ve got the formidable Blackhorse Workshop, home to some of the city’s most creative folk, and the climbing wall-meets-yoga studio-meets-co-working space Yonder.

People and pooches enjoying the Blackhorse Beer Mile. Credit: Luis KramerPeople and pooches enjoying the Blackhorse Beer Mile. Credit: Luis Kramer
People and pooches enjoying the Blackhorse Beer Mile. Credit: Luis Kramer

“On the other side of the neighbourhood there’s God’s Own Junkyard, the neon-sign warehouse that’s a major local attraction, and right next door the Wildcard and Pillars breweries, beer and cider taproom The Real Ale Co and artisanal gin-makers Mother’s Ruin.

“Local stadium Wadham Lodge is home to mighty non-league football team Walthamstow FC, making pitchside craft beer an attractive proposition.

“Finally, you’ve got a new comedy-centric theatre – Soho Theatre Walthamstow – opening in the old Granada cinema next year. And what’s cooler than a theatre? Nothing, that’s what.

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“The perfect day Blackhorse Studios café is a lovely place to start the day. Swerve, if you like, the very popular William Morris Gallery and check out instead the Vestry House Museum of local history.

“Cineastes will want to check out the Empire Cinema, which not only shows a great selection of Walthamstow-friendly arthouse and foreign films, but is also relatively cheap.

“Meanwhile the lovely Etles Uyghur is a great opportunity to properly get to know one of China’s lesser-known (in London, anyway) regional cuisines.

Walthamstow has been listed as the 17th coolest neighbourhood in the world.Walthamstow has been listed as the 17th coolest neighbourhood in the world.
Walthamstow has been listed as the 17th coolest neighbourhood in the world.

“And no evening in Walthamstow is complete without a visit to the beer-and-pizza-powered Blackhorse Beer Mile.”

What is the full Time Out list of cool neighbourhoods?

51 - Versailles, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

50 - Festac Town, Lagos, Nigeria

49 - Stoneybatter, Dublin, Ireland

48 - Moda, Istanbul, Turkey

47 - Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, Australia

46 - Thonglor, Bangkok, Thailand

45 - Bandra West, Mumbai, India

44 - Haut-Marais, Paris, France

43 - Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand

42 - Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

41 - Barrio Escalante, San Jose, Costa Rica

40 - Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico

39 - Pagrati, Athens, Greece

38 - Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

37 - Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan

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36 - Dogpatch, San Francisco, USA35 - Kelham Island, Sheffield, England

34 - Chacarita, Buenos Aires, Argentina

33 - Marrickville, Sydney, Australia

32 - Noord, Amsterdam, Netherlands

31 - Letna, Prague, Czech Republic

30 - Northern Quarter, Manchester, England

29 - Coconut Grove, Miami, USA

28 - Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya

27 - Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia

26 - Levinsky, Tel Aviv, Israel

25 - West End, Vancouver, Canada

24 - Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark

23 - Barrio de las Letras, Madrid, Spain

22 - Wan Chai, Hong Kong

21 - Silver Lake, Los Angeles, USA

20 - Riona Sanita, Naples, Italy

19 - Little India, Singapore

18 - Sants, Barcelona, Spain

17 - Walthamstow, London, England

16 - Avondale, Chicago, USA15 - Neukolln, Berlin, Germany

14 - San Isidro, Havana, Cuba

13 - Vila Madalena, São Paulo, Brazil

12 - Dundas West, Toronto, Canada

11 - Shawlands, Glasgow, Scotland

10 - Cours Julien, Marseille, France

9 - Barrio Yungay, Santiago, Chile

8 - Cliftonville, Margate, England

7 - Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, Japan

6 - Barrio Logan, San Diego, USA

5 - Mile End, Montreal, Canada

4 - Ridgewood, New York City, USA

3 - Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2 - Cais do Sodre, Lisbon, Portugal

1 - Colonia Americana, Guadalajara, Mexico

To view the full list of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods, visit the Time Out website.

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