Welcome to the Hornbeam:  a community organisation working with a range of partners in Waltham Forest and beyond.

  • SPACE for communities to meet in E17 and E4
  • TIME and support to develop community initiatives
  • SKILLS and knowledge about low cost, low impact living.

Our E17 space hosts the Hornbeam Café, run by Norman Loves with Hornbeam volunteers… serving affordable vegetarian food made from organic, seasonal, locally grown and/or fairly traded ingredients.

Follow the Hornbeam on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date news and events.


Rosamund DJing at Hornbeam Nights
Rosamund DJing at Hornbeam Nights

We are now open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings for Hornbeam Nights events – including Spin-a-Disc evenings, Soulfulised music nights, Music Quizzes, Clothes Swap, Coffee & Cocktail nights, and much more.

Follow Hornbeam Nights Facebook and Twitter for events schedule.


  • Apple Day at Vestry House Museum – 8 Oct 2016 September 21, 2016 Rebecca Tully11am-3pm Apple Day is one of Walthamstow’s regular highlights of the year so join us again for another apple-y adventure held in the gorgeous gardens of Vestry House Museum and organised by The Hornbeam Centre and Cafe with partners OrganicLea and Artillery and involving lots of amazing local community organisations. Lots of Arts and Crafts for all the family to ...
  • Sat 10th and Sun 11 Sept – Cultivate festival at the Hornbeam September 9, 2016 Rebecca TullyThe Cultivate Waltham Forest Festival is for everyone interested in growing food in Waltham Forest. Whether your food growing space is squeezed into a window sill, a doorway, stretches across an urban garden, transforms a community garden or is an enterprising market garden. Sat 10 Sept: -Local organic vegetarian & vegan street food. -Sustainable living demonstrations, advice, demos – OrganicLea -Fresh, organic ...
  • Food Standard Agency: Hornbeam is excellent 4 out of 5 September 9, 2016 Rebecca TullyWe are delighted to inform customers that our food hygiene rating is an excellent 4. However, PLEASE NOTE: The Hornbeam’s rating is incorrect on the Food Standard Association’s own website. See email transcript below from the Food Hygiene Agency to Jenny Parker, Cafe Manager at the Hornbeam cafe. From Anne Heeney the food standards inspector back in Feb: ‘Dear ...
  • Rescue Food! with Best Before Project September 7, 2016 Rebecca TullyThe Hornbeam and This is Rubbish are seeking passionate Food Rescuer Volunteers across Waltham Forest. They are working with anti food waste campaigning and redistribution organisation ‘Best Before‘ to raise awareness among local food retailers that it is not illegal to sell food that is passed its best before date. Volunteers will encourage and support ...

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Community cafe, event space and environment centre // 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH // 020 8558 6880