One of London’s most unique spaces, a trip to God’s Own Junkyard is an absolute must while you’re visiting the city. We’ve compiled this brief guide to tell you all you need to know about this neon-tinted wonder in the most unlikely of places…
What is God’s Own Junkyard?
From vintage signs to flashing neon lights, God’s Own Junkyard has them all – and it’s all housed within a warehouse in Walthamstow. It was first started by Chris Bracey, who began his career designing signs for Soho’s eclectic nightlife scene, including everything from brothels to strip joints.
He later discovered his talents could be put to use in the creative arts, and was a sought after figure in the film industry, making props in films by the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan.
Today, the space is still littered with items which were once used in various film productions, alongside everything from disco balls to religious iconography.
There are hours of amusement to be had simply browsing through the thousands of signs on offer here, and it’s also a great space to take some incredible photos while staying at the M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City.
Can I buy things here?
For anyone entranced by the items they see at God’s Own Junkyard, there’s good news – they can be bought, though often for a high price tag. For anyone unwilling or unable to part with the kind of cash required to grab one of these illustrious signs during their stay at the M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City, they can also be rented – and have proven popular with those organising local events and eager to add some added decorative appeal.
What else is there to do?
It’s not just exploring neon signage which God’s Own Junkyard has to offer. If you’re feeling peckish, then the area has you covered, with its own eatery, the wonderfully named ‘The Rolling Scones’. If this doesn’t appeal, there’s also a bar on-site, situated opposite the yard itself. This is certainly an appealing area to spend some time exploring after parking in Shoreditch and heading out into the city’s lesser-known districts.
How do I visit?
The Instagram feed and website of God’s Own Junkyard are as impressive as you might expect, and also help to highlight special opening times and events which may coincide with your trip to the city. God’s Own Junkyard also regularly collaborates with other creative spaces in the city, such as its pop-up shop at London mainstay Selfridges during the 2018 Christmas period.
The space itself and the surrounding cafes have convenient opening times for visitors eager to see it all outside of usual business hours – the space is open Friday and Saturday between 11am and 9pm, and each Sunday between 11am and 6pm. Entry is free, and you can find God’s Own Junkyard at Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow.