God’s Own Junkyard is a psychedelic paradise made of handmade vintage signs and neon lights, all hidden inside a warehouse in Walthamstow, East London. The place, managed by third-generation neon artisan Marcus Bracey, has many functions: recycler and dealer of signage for businesses, prop shop for photoshoots and films, and free art gallery and Instagram heaven for the public.
The amazing collection includes thousands of props, signs, and figures, all displayed inside a single warehouse space. Crazy emblems of hotels and hotels blink from wall to wall. Every kind of fun and entertainment is represented here, made with light and hung from the ceiling or stacked on the floor: pinball, casinos, disco, karaoke, cocktails, rock n’ roll. Illuminating religious images share can also be seen among the variety of signs.
You can easily spend hours looking at this jungle of light, and in the end, it would still feel as time well spent. If you get hungry along the way, God's Own Junkyard operates their own café, called The Rolling Scones.
The story of God’s Own Junkyard is as interesting as the place: late owner Chris Bracey a.k.a. the “Neon Man”, started by making signs for the famous Soho’s brothels and strip clubs. Soon, his talents were spotted by Hollywood, and he began making props for directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, and Christopher Nolan.
God’s Own Junkyard is only open to the public on weekends and it’s completely free to enter.
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