At Airbnb, we know hosts work hard to provide amazing experiences for their guests. Whether that’s sharing the details of their favourite lunch spot or recommending a pop-up gallery exhibition, the best way to get to know a neighbourhood is through the people who know it best: the locals.  

That’s why the Airbnb community is excited to team up with Waltham Forest Council to launch a culture map for the borough, and help the rising numbers of Waltham Forest guests to experience life like a local.  

Featuring local’s favourite attractions in the area, the map serves as a one-stop-shop for all things Waltham Forest including hidden gems such as local shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries, bars, exhibitions and markets.


The news comes as new Airbnb data highlights the impact the Airbnb community has on Waltham Forest.  Over the past three years, bookings with Airbnb hosts across the borough have increased by almost 250 percent.  It’s also attracting guests from around the globe, and is most popular with Airbnb guests from Britain, France, America, Germany and Italy.  


James McClure, General Manager for Airbnb, said:

The popularity of Waltham Forest is growing fast and we are excited to see local residents share their expert tips with guests on what makes the borough great.  More locals are opening their homes to guests on Airbnb than ever before and showcasing how to live like a local in Waltham Forest and enjoy the local gems guest might otherwise have missed.

Ahead of the launch event, Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy said:

As the MP for Walthamstow I am always pleased to champion the fantastic range of local businesses we have here. The Waltham Forest Cultural Map highlights some of the best in the borough. It’s great that Airbnb have been working with local hosts who’ve contributed to this work which I’m sure will encourage many more people to visit our brilliant borough.


So what are you waiting for? Pick up your copy of the cultural map in businesses and institutions across the borough or view it HERE now.

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