Humphry’s Cafe

Humphry's Cafe, The Highams Park
Humphry's Cafe, The Highams Park

Set in the beautiful park “The Highams Park” and surrounded by nature with stunning views of Highams Park Lake,  Humphry’s is a vibrant but relaxing café and community space. Scroll down the page to see some sample menus showing some of the delicious food we serve.
Address: The Highams Park (near the lake), off Henry’s Avenue, IG8 9RB
Phone: 020 8505 7999
Website: this is our web page !
Opening hours: Seven days a week 9.00 am until 5.00 pm (or dusk whichever is the earlier).
Operator: Toni Hanshaw

Humphry’s is also home to many community based activities and is used as an exhibition space for work by local artists (if you would like to display your work please email

Food & Drink Menus
Humphry’s sells a variety of hot and cold food, ice creams, lollies, cakes, teas, coffee and other beverages and cold drinks. The menu varies from day to day but here are some sample menus:

Drinks list

Other Goods on sale:
We also sell goods by local producers, environmentally friendly duck food and doggy treats – see below.

Community Use
The toilets at Humphry’s are available for all to use when the cafe is open whether or not you purchase food or drink.
Community based activities are also welcome in the building subject to the agreement of the operator; depending on what activity you wish to do a small fee may be payable.
If you wish to use the building call Toni on 020 8505 7999 .

The story of of Humphry’s
A café with toilets in the park was the most popularly expressed wish when the Highams Park Planning Group (HPPG) was formed in November 2013. HPPG approached the Council to see if they would agree for the community to take over the unused Council building in the park.

The building was originally built as an air raid station during the Second World War. Post war it was the community hall for the people living in the prefabs (temporary housing built in the park after the war). Since the demolition of the prefabs, and restoration of the  park in 1964, the building has met various needs over time: as a grass keepers hut, boat storage for the scouts and community policing activities. Following a problem with the water supply the building fell into disuse and was left empty for about eight years prior to the HPPG asking if they could take it over for the local community.

The Council agreed to give us a ten year lease and, in June 2017, planning permission was granted and we started work on the building in earnest. The building needed substantial refurbishment and re-purposing. Well over 2,000 hours of volunteer efforts later and with expenditure of around £15,000, we estimate we have delivered a project in excess of £140,000 in value.

Humphry’s opened on Thursday 26th April 2018 and now provides much needed facilities in the park. This project was made possible by the support and good offices of the Council and Local Councillors who have supported us all along and granted the seed funding through the Community Ward Forums.

The actual implementation of the project was achieved by the amazing support of local businesses and volunteers who provided so much of their time, services and goods for free. They were incredible. This was a true community project in every sense of the word. There were so many people involved that it is impossible to mention them all but we would like to make special mention of:

  • The Highams Park Snedders (volunteers from the Highams Park Planning Group for getting down and dirty with the work)
  • Norton Mayfield Architects (for putting our vision on to paper and steering us through the planning process)
  • Paragon Building Services (logistical support, materials and hard graft)
  • McRae’s Estate Agents (the very first to believe in the project and sponsor the windows)
  • ReedSmith Solicitors (for their unstinting support in steering us through the legal agreements)
  • Gracious Living (toilets, wash basins, disabled alarm)
  • Magnet Highams Park (worktops & cupboards)
  • Total Security Services (security cameras, alarms and ongoing monitoring)
  • The Royal Oak Pub (coffee machine)
  • Waltham Forest Council (Parks Department & Dirty Garden’s Team)
  • The Complete Blind Service (window blinds and cinema screen)
  • GF Plastering (plastering of ceilings and walls)
  • Randburg Electrical Services (complete rewiring of the building)
  • Invek Services Limited (plumbing & boilers installation)
  • Platinum Design & Build Limited (partitions / doors installations)
  • PPC Tiling Ltd (floor tiling to toilets)
  • Toga Plant Hire Ltd (free loan of equipment)
  • Olympiad Signs Ltd (the Humphry’s sign)
  • Brian Goldstein (the Humphry’s logo)
  • Delta Commercial Flooring Ltd (vinyl flooring)
  • Pace Interiors Ltd (joinery)
  • CJ Decorations Ltd (paints & equipment)
  • Architectural Roofing (roof repairs)
  • Star Room Construction (cutting out the front door and raising the lintel)
  • Picture This (framing of history boards)
  • InflectionTech Limited (financial support)
  • The Pantry (activity table)
  • First Containers UK Ltd (donation of the storage container for the compound)