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Clockwise: Performers at the Hornbeam Café; architectural plans for the Regal cinema; the entrance of Mirth, Marvel and Maud.

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+ This area has a strong sense of community and creative entrepreneurship, and it loves film + for a modernised version of their grandma’s house. The restaurant features distinctive pub food and the venue’s live music, spoken word, burlesque and comedy events all feel quite special too – inspirational and grounding in equal parts. Film fans are also enjoying life in the borough. In addition to The Scene in Walthamstow – a 1,200-seat Empire cinema showing box office movies which opened in 2014 – there are plans to reopen the Regal Cinema in Higham Hill, which hasn’t screened a film in 50 years. The Regal will draw students and cinephiles interested in avant-garde. Miller says: “We want to bring an independent boutique cinema back to Higham Hill and we are determined

to reopen the iconic cinema. It will be a terrific boost for this area, which has a strong sense of community and entrepreneurship. And it loves film.” Creativity comes to life in many ways: from the ashes of old buildings; from whispering echos of former selves; from grassroots community organising; from the burning desire of people to express themselves and help each other out. There are always challenges to overcome to bring about culture, but through its communities and commitment to become the recipient of the London mayor’s culture prize (see page 24), new places to enjoy music and film and the restoration of iconic venues are bringing a buzz back to this east London borough.

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Invest Waltham Forest 4  

This fourth edition of Invest Waltham Forest looks at how the borough is prioritising culture-led regeneration and good quality design.

Invest Waltham Forest 4  

This fourth edition of Invest Waltham Forest looks at how the borough is prioritising culture-led regeneration and good quality design.