I've been reading so many posts the last few weeks but have never seen much on this area except to mention the huge street market there. My husband and I are going to London in a few weeks from Inverness, Scotland where we live and we will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express at Chingford. I've been to and visited London many times coming over from America since 1988 and have always stayed around the Belgrave area (easier with my kids along) but now it's just him & I and figured it will be nicer to be away from all the hustle and bustle of city life so I picked Chingford. Plus I got a really good deal at ��39.00 a night for a family room with continental breakfast. Being American and staying at Holiday Inns on both sides of the pond I have never been disappointed. Figure what I save in hotel costs will pay for the Zone 1-3 tube/bus 7 day pass and with all my researching of hotels I couldn't find anything decent for less than 50-70 quid a night. Looking at a map of the hotel I see there is a superstore (name?) close by and was wondering if any of you have been to or live in this area and can tell me a bit about it? Would it be better to take a taxi to the hotel from Walthamstow Central or is there a bus that goes right by it? Thanks in advance for any help. Another quick question while I'm thinking of it...why is London called "The Smoke?"