Named after the locally renowned hornbeam tree, the Hornbeam Centre aims to
- engage with residents of Waltham Forest, enabling and empowering them to live more sustainable lifestyles.
- develop local projects focusing on healthy, affordable, sustainable food, waste reduction and conserving resources.
- provide an affordable space for local groups to meet, where people can to learn about local events/meetings/groups and find out how they can get involved.
We do our best to operate ethically. Our cafe food is vegetarian and we use local, organic and fairly traded ingredients as much as we can. We have a zero waste policy, and are working towards reducing our energy and water footprint; click this link for a summary of what we have achieved, and our plans for further reductions.
The Hornbeam is organised and run by its users, and is a not-for-profit limited company.
Getting to Hornbeam
The Hornbeam is located near the junction with Lea Bridge Road. It is a former shop on the corner of Hoe Street and Bakers Avenue, a short residential cul-de-sac. This is one block up from (north of) Lea Bridge Road and the former Bakers Arms pub (now a betting shop). [Click here to see a map] There are many buses running along Hoe St such as nos 20, 48, 69, 97, 230, 257, 357, W15 & W19. Nearest bus stops are opposite Hornbeam and just along Hoe Street. Buses 55 & 56 run along Lea Bridge Road.
Of course there are cycle stands just outside Hornbeam for those coming by bike!
Nearest train stations – Walthamstow Central (Victoria line), 10-15 minutes walk away and on the bus routes; also Walthamstow Queens Road and Leyton Midland Road stations (Barking to Gospel Oak line) – we are approximately midway between these two.
The Hornbeam Cafe & ground floor meeting room is wheelchair accessible.