Neon art is hot right now, with restaurants, bars and shops vying for bright lights to make their businesses stand out and be Instagrammable. One particular part of the capital famous for its neon signs is Soho, particularly the night clubs and adult establishments (both of which are diminishing in numbers today). The late artist and designer Chris Bracey is one of the names behind the neon lights of Soho, at one point he was responsible for nearly all of the area’s sex club signage. Dubbed ‘Neon Man’ or ‘Master of Glow’, Bracey created thousands of signs over his career for businesses, homes, artists and films. His lights have appeared in Hollywood movies, such as Batman, Blade Runner, Eyes Wide Shut and Mona Lisa. Sadly, Bracey passed away in November 2014, aged just 59 after a battle with prostate cancer. Today, Bracey’s legacy continues at Gods Own Junkyard, a warehouse doubling as a shop and gallery in his hometown of Walthamstow. It’s a neon wonderland, with a contrasting mix of saucy, religious and humorous pieces. There’s also a café so you can enjoy the warm glow of the lights on your face as you sip a latte.
- Gods Own Junkyard, Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, E17 9HQ. Nearest station: Walthamstow Central or Wood Street. Open Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. On-site café Rolling Scones open all weekend. For more information, visit the Gods Own Junkyard website.