This is one of those places that we are surprised to know is located in aneighbourhood of London. When this place appears on Instagram, surely grabs the attention, the colours, the lights, we can consider as one of the highest concentrations of neon (maybe falling behind Las Vegas 😉).
The interest generated around this place is impressive. But what is this place, what is it for, is it a tourist spot, where is it, how do I get there? Every time I talk about him on social networks, I get countless questions.
Gods Own Junkyard can be considered a neon gallery / museum in London.There you can find creations by Chris Bracey, one of the most famous names when it comes to neon, he is an artist who made plays for David La Chappelle, for numerous films such as “Eyes Wide Shut”, “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”, “Batman” (among many others).
Neons are created from new or old pieces, using old plates, signs, film pieces or vintage stores, this work is made possible by the renovation and reuse of all these materials.
Why are the neons all here?
After the movies, plays, parties, events the neons lose their usefulness, so this place serves as the last home of these pieces, which are always exposed, lit, so I believe it is fair to call the gallery / museum of the neons.
This place may not be a typical tourist spot, but it is certainly worth the visit of locals and tourists, who are interested in discovering an unexpected place in London, this is a tip. Anyone looking for an “ instagramable” place will not regret it, and anyone curious about new things will love to visit.
To make the visit even more enjoyable, Gods Own Junkyard has a café named Rolling Scones, great for a drink and a quick snack.
In addition to being an exhibition space for neons, some photo essays, videos are produced here.
Neons can be rented for filming, parties, and you can also order an art to call your own.
I love touring London and seeing these different and unexpected places, one of my favorite pastimes here.
The way to GOJ is easy, the nearest station is Walthamstow Central (Victoria- light blue line) from there it’s a 15 minutes walk. Admission is free. (Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate – E17 9HQ)