Nothing really prepares you for your first visit to God’s Own Junkyard. It’s just so unexpected. Despite my glorious photo (ahem!) and what you may have seen online before, the visual impact this place makes on your first visit is jaw dropping.
I think it’s the combination of such an uninspiring surrounding (it’s on an industrial estate in Walthamstow) and the overwhelming floor-to-ceiling neon that does it. It’s incongruous but all the more glorious for it.
God’s Own Junkyard is world-famous and rightly so. It is the place that visual artists come to for inspiration or advice. It is where TV and film companies come for iconic pieces to fill the background. It’s where stars buy neon art. And, amazingly, it’s where everyone can buy something. Almost all the neon signs are for sale! Ever wanted a massive neon arrow filled with ‘thrills’? This is the place.
Once you’ve wandered around and taken a huge amount of photos (as I did the first time I went) you can sit down for a cup of tea and cake, in what must be one of the most surreal settings for a good old-fashioned English caff, because The Rolling Scones Cafe is open for food and drinks all weekend.
If that isn’t enough for you and you need something stronger to help take it all in, the fantastic Wildcard Brewery is opposite and open every weekend too.
Incredible neon and craft beer on an industrial estate in E17 make the trip to the end of the Victoria Line totally worthwhile.