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Cultural capital

You’re most likely familiar with the annual anointing of European and UK urban centres as ‘cities of culture’, but now London Mayor Sadiq Khan has named Waltham Forest as the capital’s first ever Borough of Culture. A magnet for artists and designers fleeing the gentrified rents of Shoreditch and Hackney, the area is awash with pop-ups, studios and galleries (including neon showroom God’s Own Junkyard, pictured). E17’s creative highlights are well worth exploring, even if you object to its slightly nauseating nickname: Awesomestow. Find out what’s on at

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