Wander Around Waltham Forest

Explore the green spaces central to the borough's history

By Google Arts & Culture

With 'forest' in its name, Waltham Forest isn't without its share of green spaces. Step outside central London and (virtually) wander around the borough's outdoor spaces. Click and drag on each image to explore...

Walthamstow Wetlands

Ever wondered where London's tap water comes from? The ten reservoirs at the Walthamstow Wetlands were built by the East London Waterworks and provide drinking water across the city (don't worry – it is filtered first).

Lloyd Park

Although you won't find any green space inside the William Morris gallery, step outside the building devoted to the Victorian designer and you can enjoy Lloyd Park (renamed from the William Morris Park in honour of its benefactor).

Tottenham Marshes

Going back thousands of years, the Tottenham Marshes were used as a flood plain for the River Lea. More recently, the marshes have been used as a recreational ground and was the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, who played their home games on the marshes until 1885.

Vestry House Gardens

The Vestry House Museum showcases the history and heritage of Waltham Forest, and the gardens themselves literally grew out of this history. Before the Great Fire of London in 1666, you could find a 12th century churchyard in this space.

Epping Forest

The forest was transformed during the two world wars, with many of the lakes and ponds created from bomb craters. At Wanstead Flats, you can still find evidence of the war as some tethers from barrage balloons and goals posts from the prisoner of war camp remain.

Coronation Gardens

These gardens were named after the coronation of King Edward VII in 1903. This is where you can find the boroughs only surviving bandstand from this era, built in 1904 for events and concerts.

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