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Neon Paradise // A Visit to Gods Own Junkyard


Hey lovelies, how's your week going? It's back to school for me now, 3 days in and I'm already sick of it but as a mid-week post I thought I'd look back on one of the highlights of my Easter Holidays: visiting 'Gods Own Junkyard.' You all know I'm a huge lover of my home city London, mainly because it's filled with hidden spots and amazing unique places that pop up all the time and this Neon Junkyard, tucked away in an Industrial Estate in East London is definitely and example of this! 

I first heard about the place from a friend and had been dying to give it a visit for ages, so I got the train there with my sister on a dull rainy day this holidays and if you haven't been I would now 100% recommend it. For sure, the electricity bill would make you faint there aha, but the hundreds of neon lights make for a stunning display ( and *CALLING ALL BLOGGERS* this is the perfect place to get those retro-light photos!) So to find out all the details about this place, almost like my own little London's Hidden Spots review, keep on reading.


Gods Own Junkyard is located in Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Walthamstow, London E17 9HQ and free-entry (yess!) It's bit of a trek to get there and difficult to find but all it takes is one step into the warehouse and you're blinded by a display of glowing lights - there's definitely no mistaking you're in in the right place.

The junkyard houses the work of artist Chris Bracey who was nicknamed 'The Neon Man' after all his light displays. The warehouse is filled with a massive selection of individual lights, some from Soho Bars, Streets and even some of Bracey's lights that were designed for movie sets. Including a few you may recognise from Bladerunner, Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more.
 more. You can then walk round the junkyard, packed from floor to ceiling with light decor and admire it as you walk round. 


And if you want to sit back, relax and enjoy the neon display some more, there's the cute cafe 'The Rolling Scones' inside. They serve coffees, hot drinks, sodas, and a selection of freshly baked cakes and food (all for cheap prices) so you can sit and eat as you take in the striking surroundings. Not to mention the and 70's and 80's style music that played in warehouse and basically encapsulated the whole atmosphere!


The actual junkyard is a somewhat hidden spot. We walked along a quiet grey city road to get there, surrounded by a street of ordinary looking terraced houses and there it was tucked away on the Ravenswood Industrial Estate. It took us roughly an hour and a half to get there by train, but well worth the visit and I could tell everyone else there felt the same,wondering about in complete awe at the display. Apart from all the east-london hipsters (which of course there were) there were also families and people who I'm sure had travelled even further journeys than us to visit the Junkyard. 

It's almost embarrassing how eager everyone inside is to take photos, but as a blogger I shamelessly joined them! No dslr cameras are allowed inside but phones are fine so (excuse the quality of my iphone camera) but in a neon paradise like this and with such quirky lighting it's impossible not to get beautiful photos no matter what kind of camera you're using. Each turn and wall is packed with light displays but my favourite section was near the bar where you could sit on a stool in front of a background of purple and blue-toned lights and sip you're hot chocolate.


If you're a Londoner or whether you're visiting London, God's Own Junkyard should be top of your London bucket list. I'm only annoyed that it took me so long to finally visit there! I'd love to know in the comments below whether you've heard of this place or whether I'm not the only one who's been oblivious to it's existence this whole time? Anyway, I loved exploring this little Neon Paradise and while Gods Own Junkyard was completely new to me, from exploring London I have many other of my favourite quirky spots and hidden gems in the City to share - so let me know in the comments whether you'd be interested in a new series of them on my blog. Thanks for reading, and I'll speak to you in next week's post


QOTD: IF YOU COULD, WHAT CITY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LIVE IN?
London would be my first choice always, but maybe Amsterdam?


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19 comments

  1. Gods Own Junkyard looks so cool! It totally looks like a bloggers hangout spot with all of the picture-worthy opportunities! The neon lights look pretty cool. Glad you enjoyed your time there!

    exquisitely.me

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    1. I can just imagine all the bloggers there snapping shots aha! X

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  2. This place sounds pretty cool tbh and kinda trippy haha. I love neon lights there's such a rave and a lot of them have cool but simple designs or phrases. I would've never known this place existed so thanks for sharing and I look forward to finding it when I explore London! :)

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    1. Same, if it wasn't from word-of-mouth hearing about it, I wouldn't have know it existed either x

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  3. My friends and I planned to go here for so long but never got round to do it! Guess I have to mention it again because these photos and the neon lights everywhere looks so amazing!

    venus | http://venusaby.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's so beautiful, you'd love it x

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  4. This is so pretty! I've never heard of this place before but it looks amazing! I love that it has a little cafe, and the name of the cafe. Shame about the no camera rule though x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Such a cute name, right? x

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  6. That place is a neon dream. It seems pretty cool. If I ever go to London it will be definitely on my list. If I could, I would live in London, it looks like such a rad city. The other city would be Cape Town, I've grown a massive love for that city. Sorry for the double comment, I had to delete the previous one haha, issues with copy/paste. Anyway, first time on your blog and it is soo pretty. Love it xx

    Laura M - http://www.thenoisygum.com/

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    1. Aha don't worry about that! Never visited South Africa but the city sound incredible <3

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  7. Wow, this place looks so cool! It looks like such a fun place to explore!

    http://roadesque.com

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    1. Perfect for any day out <3

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  8. I have heard of this place and seen so many pictures! It really is neon heaven and sounds like such an amazing place to go! i need to take my bf there next time he comes to London!

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  9. That looks so cool! If I ever visit London I will definitely have to visit!

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    1. One of my favourite spots in London x

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  10. I really want to go here- me and my friend tried to go a couple of years ago and it was a trek for us as well and when we finally found it (it is in such a weird location, walking through that part of London we were like uhhh is this place ever going to pop up) it was shut and we just never went back for some reason, but seeing your pictures and hearing more about it has put going to the top of my summer list! Such a funky place!x
    constantlylibby.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aww I'm so glad it's inspired you to go back! x

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Thank you, all your lovely comments make me smile!