Saturday, 16 April 2016

God's Own Junkyard

You probably already know of, and are avid readers the wonderful blogs of Sophie and Tara, two ladies I'm lucky enough to have befriended via blogging. For our latest meeting, we took to Yo Sushi (I cannot get enough of their pumpkin katsu, I am obsessed) before catching the tube across to Walthamstow. What were we doing there?
Allow me to introduce God's Own Junkyard, a mismatched chaos of neon art and signage, religious bric-a-brac, fairground cast-offs, and vintage paraphernalia created by neon God Chris Bracey. He designed, created and restored lights for nearly 40 years including pieces for fellow artist David Lachappelle and numerous movies such as Tim Burtons's Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. Situated in an out-of-the-way industrial estate, this rainbow-coloured treasure trove is a pleasant 15 minute stroll from Walthamstow Central Tube Station. Directions, complete with photos are available on the website which, alongside the idyllic surroundings of pretty parks and cute cottages, made the journey there fun.
On arrival, I was overwhelmed by how much there was to see. I'm a magpie: I love shiny things, anything glittery and all things tacky and kitsch so it's safe to say, I was in heaven. Us girls spent almost an hour there taking it all in - finding lights with our initials in and taking photos, because, duh, we're bloggers and I hadn't played around with my Instax in ages.
I was really surprised to find entry to GOJ is free; however I chose to give back by donating to the Just Giving page set up in memory of Chris who died in 2014 after a year long battle with prostate cancer. There's a cafe area where drinks and baked goods were sold and tables are surrounded by yet more bright and beautiful lighting. Some of the neon lights are for sale and you can also hire the space for photo shoots. If you're ever in the area or, fancy taking your friend or lover somewhere a little bit different, definitely pay God's Own Junkyard a visit!
Have you ever been to God's Own Junkyard? Have you visited somewhere else in London you'd recommend?
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