Inside ‘Little Camden’: Walthamstow’s ‘hidden gem’ market where you can take £10 and come out with change

Inside ‘Little Camden’: Walthamstow’s ‘hidden gem’ market where you can take £10 and come out with change

Camden is one of London’s most iconic tourist areas, attracting crowds of people each day. But for some who don’t want to face the hoards of people getting their Instagram-worthy snap of Camden Lock, you can head to East London’s very own ‘Little Camden’.

Walthamstow is already well known for being home to Europe’s longest market, but there is one other in the neighbourhood that is a real hidden gem. Wood Street Market, a former cinema, has been running since the 1950s and is home to 30 shops. The horseshoe shaped market is full of vintage, quirky and handmade small businesses along with food stalls and salons that are all affordably priced.

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As you walk through this ‘hidden gem’ you’re immediately hit with different delicious smells from the food stalls, music from the record shops and beautiful colours and designs from the vintage and jewellery stores.

We spoke with Victoria Pike who runs Victoria Pike Jewellery. She has had her stall for two years and makes almost all the jewellery she sells by hand along with beautifully handmade crochet work that is all available to order.

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Victoria Pike Jewellery, A13 in Wood Street Market

Victoria said she was attracted to it after working at another market in South Wales, she told MyLondon, “We moved here for work, my husband had a job and then I looked around for a new market and this one was available.

“When I came here it was really quirky, you got all sorts of shops and people are really nice; it’s a little community so I was happy to take over a shop here.”

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The indoor market is generally quite quiet, which is great for having a good look at what’s on offer. However, this can have its downsides for the traders.

“The only thing is because nobody knows we’re here, most of the time it’s quiet,” Victoria said. “Saturday it gets better but then we’re not open on Sunday like normal markets, so we don’t get that crowd.

“I think another reason is because we’re only on the Overground train line with Wood Street, we’re not really on the map of London as far as the Underground’s concerned so people miss us, really. They don’t know what a little treasure this place is.”

Off the beaten track

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A typically quiet day

Customers have likened the vibe of the market to Camden but with a little more privacy, Victoria told MyLondon. “Most of the customers we get say that we’re a ‘little Camden’, but without the hustle and bustle because it’s quiet, nobody bumps you,” she added.

The market is full of different shops that everyone can enjoy. “It’s really quirky, it’s got everything you need. There’s no way you’ll come in here and leave empty handed,” Victoria said.

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Vintage records for as cheap as one pound

“If you’re a guy, you can come and buy a record, for the children there’s toys and for the ladies there’s jewellery and clothes. It’s got something to offer for everyone.

“So families really have fun here because they can all look at different things and we’re only a step away from Walthamstow Village and we’re close to the William Morris Gallery. We’re a really quirky place to be, we just haven’t been advertised well enough, we haven’t been put on the map.”

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The market has lots of affordable items that are as cheap as 50p. “Everywhere else has become quite expensive because the price of tables has gone up,” Victoria explained. “But here you can have a tenner and still have fun.

“I just want people to know that we’re here and we’re affordable, just get on the Overground train.”

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