Going by the local history books, Walthamstow's market used to be open 24 hours, probably due to the selling of raw meats and fresh fish. The local pubs would have been like an episode from the film Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. As gritty as it looked, post-war London seemed a fascinating time. Photographer John Deakin and friend of Francis Bacon, captured the Soho scene of the 1950s pretty well. I'll keep an eye out for Walthamstow's alternative.