God's Own Junkyard

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Shernhall Street, London, United Kingdom

God's Own Junkyard London Reviews

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Supercool Neon Sign Fun Nov 12, 2017
This snappily-titled place, riffing on the “God’s Own Country” phrase as a means of suggesting the Almighty may not look so favourably on this particular spot, is a bohemian, alternative, cheekily subversive space. In an increasingly sanitised and conformist world, it’s refreshing to see that leftfield expressions of art are still very much alive and kicking.

Walls aglow with seemingly hundreds of neon lights, the kitsch conversion of what is essentially a shabby warehouse on a rundown industrial estate harks back to the Soho days of yore. These days, Soho is just another central London district, overrun with expensive coffee shops and ‘PA consultancies’ and other ‘blue sky thinking’ modern corporate firms. But once upon a time it was a fun, but edgy, spot, all seedy drinking dens and underground sex shops, symbolised by its host of bright neon lights.

The vintage neon signs on show at God’s Own Junkyard have not just been salvaged from Soho, but have featured in movies from Blade Runner to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They’re all the creations of Chris Bracey, lighting designer and heir apparent to Electro Signs – the company responsible for the (in)famous Soho signs – and this warehouse essentially represents his collection, the largest of its kind in Europe.

There's so much more than just neon signs and objects on display, though, as other quirky touches supplement the technicolour fun. Several enormous mirrorballs hang from the ceiling, complementing the blaring disco music pumping out of the sound system, and models and mannequins are also on hand to make wink-wink, nudge-nudge statements. The highlight as far as this goes has to be the Jesus figure in a converted shed who is packing a pair of neon pistols in his hands. Told you the Almighty would not approve!

Truth be told, you could probably scoot around the place in less than half an hour if you just wanted to take a surface look and snap pictures. But it’s worth your while to linger and study the finer details, with a bar/café on hand that serves drinks and snacks, plus a garden out back that you might want to make use of in the warmer months.

The industrial estate God’s Own Junkyard is located on is a short walk from Walthamstow Central Underground station, the Northern-most terminus of the Victoria Line. So it’s not exactly close to central London tourist hubs. Another minus is the limited opening hours; Friday to Sunday at the time of writing, although it does remain open late on Friday/Saturday. But it is very much worth a brief excursion, and the clear and concise walking directions from Walthamstow Central on the website certainly help!
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Paulovic says:
Really love this place! :)
Posted on: Nov 22, 2017
joseph98 says:
Hahaha, very much so!
Posted on: Nov 12, 2017
vances says:
Looks like a great place to go when you need a little light humor......

Posted on: Nov 12, 2017
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