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A student guide to Walthamstow, Alliot House

Posted in Community by on May 12, 2020

Set-in North-East London, Walthamstow embraces its old east London charm from the moment you step out of the tube. Now a lively, creative hub perfect for students to explore its variety of hip cafes, local shops and energetic bars. If your worried about being away from nature while in the capital, Walthamstow Wetlands, a beautiful nature reserve is only a 10-minute walk from Nido Alliot House.

New to London or fancy seeing some of the sights? Alliot House is based a 1-minute walk away from Blackhorse Road tube station. So central London locations such as Oxford Circus and Stafford for Westfields Shopping centre can all be reached within 20 mins.


Things to do


God’s Own Junkyard

A hidden neon wonderland to light up your life. The walls are full of film props, religious statues, disco balls ad retro signs. As well as selling neon art, they also have an inhouse café called ‘The Rolling Scones’ café which is open for food and drinks all weekend.

Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate Shernhall St
Walthamstow, E17 9HQ

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Any east Londoner will tell you; you can’t live in Walthamstow without trying the freshly baked pie’s & mash from ‘Manzes’. They also offer meat and vegan pies!

87 Tower Bridge Road
Bermondsey, SE1 4TW

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Walthamstow Wetlands

Only 5 minutes from Nido Alliot House, is a beautiful nature reserve, perfect for those weekend walks, runs and bike rides.

2 Forest Road
Walthamstow, N17 9NH

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Restaurants and Cafes


Wood Street coffee

A great place to work and get that caffeine fix we all desperately need. With hand-roasted coffee, and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. You can also buy their coffee to use at home, what more could you ask for.

1-2 Sutherland Rd Path
Walthamstow, E17 6BX

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The Green Grill

Sensational vegan street food, that’s good for your bodies, the planet and animals. With there distinctive 100% naturally coloured buns for their bad boy burgers, the promise of incredible flavours it right around the corner.

Crate 35, St James Street
Walthamstow, E17 7EY

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Bars & Clubs


Wild Card Brewery Taproom

Set in a converted junkyard, the hipster in you will have to check out the Micro-brewery. Severing a range of bottled, cask and keg beers.

2 Lockwood Way
Walthamstow, E17 5RB

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Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace

With over 80 lovingly hand-crafted gins to choose from for your weekend outings, they have it all. They also have live music and lots of eating events, including their ‘damn good curry’ nights.

Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, Walthamstow – The City Lane
Unit 18, Ravenswood Industrial Estate
Shernall St, Walthamstow, E17 9QH

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Shopping and Grooming


Walthamstow Market

Named the longest outdoor market in Europe, there’s nothing you can’t buy. For Tuesday to Friday the market offers fruit, veg, household goods and clothes. On Saturday they open for street food, antiques and handmade goods.

116 High Street
Walthamstow, E17 7JX

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Wood Street Indoor Market

In need of some vintage inspiration, the former Crown Cinema of Walthamstow is the place to be. With niche retail spaces open to everyone, this indoor market is full of unique shops and vintage clothes stalls.

98-100 Wood St
Walthamstow, E17 3HX

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Co-op Blackhorse Lane

Perfect for all your essentials, and only a 5 minute walk from Nido Alliot House, plus they do 10% student discount if you have a Totum card – Click here to order one.

5A/5B Blackhorse Ln
Walthamstow, E17 6SX

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Travelling to your Local Universities


If you are thinking of travelling by tube or by cycling to your uni of choice, Alliot House has everything you need. Based just a 1-minute walk away from Blackhorse Road and with our handy bike storage available it’s super easy to get to those 9am’s.

University Square Stratford

  • 25 Minute Cycle
  • 25 Minute Tube ride
  • 40 Min Bus Journey

Queen Mary University of London

  • 25 Minute Cycle
  • 25 Minute Tube ride
  • 1h 20 Minute Bus Journey

City University

  • 36 Minute Cycle
  • 30 Minute Tube ride
  • 1h 30 Minute Bus Journey

University College London

  • Minute Cycle
  • 20 Minute Tube ride


There are loads of reasons to stay in Nido Alliot House, and as you can see the local area is full of places to go, as well as some vibrant places to go out-out.

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