Walthamstow market

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Dating from 1885, Walthamstow Market is the longest outdoor street market in Europe.

    Walthamstow High Street is a vibrant, varied place of trade and focus for the Town’s communities and activities. Walthamstow town centre is changing. The council recognises this opportunity to facilitate positive, inclusive changes to ensure the future of the market.  We would like to collect your thoughts on how the high street and the market could change to improve business and the experience of residents.   

    Why are we developing a vision for the future of Walthamstow High Street?

    Walthamstow is home to Europe’s longest street market, with over 350 pitches from the Town Square to St James Street, and 100s of shops and businesses. The High Street connects the town centre, where The Scene and St James Street improvements have already transformed its eastern and western ends.

    The proposals for Walthamstow High Street and Market aim to improve design, management, and operation, celebrate the unique character and heritage of the area, support business owners and traders, making Walthamstow of the future a more attractive place to live, work, and visit. 

    How do we want to involve you?

     These proposals provide more information on opportunities for place-making along the High Street.

    History of the market Click to get info

    Dating from 1885, the market is the longest outdoor street market in Europe and spans roughly a kilometre of Walthamstow High Street. Stalls sell an array of food, clothes, and household goods and are complemented by a wide variety of cafes and restaurants selling everything from Caribbean cuisine to traditional cockney fare like pie and mash or jellied eels. 

    Market opening times Click to get info

    The market is open:

    • Tuesday-Friday, 8am-5pm
    • Saturday, 8am-5.30pm

    Travel directions Click to get info

    The market is held between Cleveland Park Avenue and Pretoria Avenue on the High Street, Walthamstow E17 within easy reach of both underground and main line rail services to Walthamstow Central/St James stations and local bus services.

    The market can easily be reached by train or tube (Walthamstow Central) and by the numerous bus routes that travel through or terminate at the bus station next to the town square, including the 34, 97, W19, 215, 230 and 212.

    Transport for London journey planner.

    Trader information Click to get info

    Currently only casual trader licences are being issued to trade in the market and you should contact Waltham Forest Direct and ask for the Street Trading team if you are interested in obtaining such a licence. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee that a casual trading licence will be allocated to you. This will be dependent on availability of trading sites and the commodity you wish to sell.