A locals' guide to E11
"Perfect for commuters, Leytonstone is only five stops on the Central line from London Liverpool Street."Joshua Mugume
"A lovely place to relax or have a picnic, Epping Forest has a picturesque lake where you can hire a boat for £15 an hour."Natalie Mills
"With Epping Forest on the doorstep, you feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of London..."Alexandra Lega
Where do E11 locals go?
Best place for a lazy brunch. Proper platefuls and superb salads and Sunday roasts.
Submitted by Ava
Love the coconut-infused southern Indian flavours. Friendliest service and the mixed grills and Dosas are to die for.
Submitted by Owen
Funky vibe, Shoreditch-y look with in house tuk tuk. Serves excellent soft shell crab and the noodles are fabulous.
Submitted by Joel
The Red Lion
Awesome pub with a beer garden, a great vibe, great people and a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights. It's also very close to Leytonstone Underground Station.
Submitted by Marcin
Situated in Leytonstone Village near Bushwood, this pub has a food menu with a Thai twist and a beer garden out the back.
Submitted by Natalie
Authentic Sardinian food. The perfect hidden restaurant - although it recently got 5 stars and a whole page in The Evening Standard so now everyone knows about it!
Submitted by Sally-Anne
Wanstead Farmers' Market
Great locally produced food. Look out for TTaste street food serving freshly made gyoza (Chinese dumplings) served with TTaste homemade chilli oil.
Submitted by Maria
Great Middle Eastern-style food, stunning venue and a fantastic atmosphere. Will certainly be going back! You can spend your whole evening here, as there's a cocktail bar with live music for pre or post-dinner drinks.
Submitted by Alexandra
Woodford Wine Room
A small and friendly wine shop. They even sell wine from a barrel if you bring your own bottle to fill up.
Submitted by John
Traditional food and a cosy atmosphere, this family-run pub is in a fantastic position on the edge of Epping Forest.
Submitted by Sue
Virgin Active, Repton Park
Not somewhere accessible to every local, but worth a mention all the same. The pool here is set within a converted church and is one of the most relaxing places to come and reflect upon your day...or just reflect on life.
Submitted by Kayleigh
Home to a variety of wildlife, Wanstead Park and its pond are fantastic on a lazy Sunday; take a stroll and feed the ducks and geese.
Submitted by Charlotte
A fantastic green open space situated between Forest Gate, Manor Park and Aldersbrook.
Submitted by Natalie
Serving afternoon tea on a Sunday at Mother's Ruin Gin Palace, I recommend the Guinness cake!
Submitted by Jacob
Why do you find E11 a great place to live?
"Hearing the bells of beautiful St John's Church in the heart of Bushwood, as I take Angelino, my Bichon Frise for his walk in the woods by Wanstead Flats. "
"Good transport links, a growing community and close to Epping Forest too!"
"I love E11 for it's green open spaces, diversity and sense of community."
"Being able to host friends for garden barbecues in real space and still be at my desk in Finsbury Square in 20 minutes every morning."
"Cafes and restaurants are better (and cheaper) than more expensive parts of town. There's a really arty buzz going on in the Bushwood area of Leytonstone. Gorgeous Victorian houses lie right between town centre (and Central line tube) and the beautiful lakes of Wanstead Flats. And neighbours know each other. Real community going on. Wouldn't move if you paid me! :o) "
"Bushwood gets better by the week. Never seen such a fast improving high street and the properties are gorgeous – Victorian houses on tree-lined streets. It's real London, the perfect bridge between urban and suburban. Knocks the socks off of so many areas and still remains amazing value. "
"Bushwood is the best area of Leytonstone. I moved to London 5 years ago from Sweden. So happy I bought in Bushwood last year. Love it. It's right by the village with a beautiful church and next to stunning parkland called Wanstead Flats, with ponds and forest. Adore Dim Sum at Panda on Leytonstone High Street followed by pancakes at Sunflower Cafe. Yum. And I am at work in the City in fifteen minutes!! And not only in theo... more
"Leytonstone is a leafy area dominated by beautiful Victorian houses benefiting from large front and back gardens. Epping Forest with its lakes is within walking distance. Commuting to Central London is quick by Central Line - it takes about 12 minutes to get to Liverpool Street. Cycling via Canal Routes to The City takes 30 minutes. Westfield Stratford with variety of shops, bars and restaurants is only 5 minutes away by Centr... more
"Wanstead has a great village feel, with lots of independent shops, cafes and local events. There's a great community feel and a lot of green space considering it's in London!"
"Bushwood has everything. Wanstead Flats is as big as Hampstead Heath and on your doorstep. Leytonstone tube station is round the corner and the Central Line can have you in Oxford Street in half an hour. There are fab cakes in the Wild Goose Cafe, the Red Lion for lunch, The Olive for dinner... And with the Bushwood Area Residents Assoc (BARA) organising social events for neighbours, it is a massively friendly area. Won't ... more
"Leytonstone's central location is ideal for travel with tube /buses or to the hospital. We also have really a good brand new cinema opened, with 8 new screens and also senior citizens day for £3.00. a great location, also nurseries, good shops and brilliant shopping with Westfield on our doorstep. Also local GP 50 yards away from our house.What more can we want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"I love living in Leyton because it is close to everything I need, the transportation is very good, there are comer stores at will and also buy supermarkets too. I can't imagine living in another area. And most of all I feel safe here and it's ok close to my place of work and close to Stratford Westfield shopping centre too."
"I have lived in Leyton for 12 years now... It is a great place to live and is getting better every day... The council has given millions to the area and the demographics is changing too. The housing stock is Victorian/Edwardian? and 1930's. There are good pubs here and good restaurants. The schools are very good and getting better. However the house prices are going ballistic, as the demographics change and that can only b... more
"Upper Leytonstone is where town meets country. A few steps to Hollow Ponds - Epping Forest yet only 10mins to Central Line tube for a 15mins journey to the City and 22mins to the West End. The blocked off roads means you have peace and quiet from traffic noise and the tree lined streets give that rural village feel. It's a friendly village with a good age and ethnic mix. There are good pubs and cafes on the high street suc... more
"It is full of shops and schools and is near the Olympic Park so life is good."
"So close to Central Line stations yet one minute walk to Epping Forest. Good local (I.e. corner) shops, forever open, only minutes from the High Road with more shops, restaurants, pubs, etc. Nice Victorian/Edwardian houses (some split into flats), easy access to the Essex countryside and the motorway network. What more could you ask for? "
"Upper Leytonstone is a hidden gem. There are lots large houses on tree-lined streets full of friendly families. Hollow Ponds is across the road and great for walking the dog or rowing on the boating lake. The primary and secondary schools are very good, including Leytonstone School, which is situated in Upper Leytonstone. It's a very liberal place with a strong community made up of people from many different backgrounds. T... more
"I've lived in Leytonstone for the past 5 years and it is such a great area, close enough to town to get in easily but quiet too, nice big properties and they are cheap too."
What do you like about E11?
Did you know?
"The first motor car built in Britain was by Frederick Bremer at his house in Walthmstow in 1892. The car currently sits in the Vestry House museum."
Child-friendly activities near E11
Acting Bugs specialises in early years drama and has over ten years experience in teaching young children and toddlers. We use puppets, bubbles, sensory props and stories to ignite your little one's imagination whilst developing confidence and focus in a safe and friendly environment. Website
Just Kidding ChorusWanstead United Reformed Church,
The Just Kidding Chorus is a feel-good choir for parents with babies in tow, and is directed by Mich Sampson ably assisted / hindered by her baby, Penny! Mich is an experienced choir director who specialises in working with adult beginners and makes sure everyone has a great time. Website
NCT Leytonstone Bumps and BabiesThe Red Lion Leytonstone
It's a chance to meet other mums & dads in the area for an informal chat. The pub serves food and drinks. All welcome. When: Third Friday of every month Website
Toddler SenseThe Scout Hut
Toddler Sense introduces a whole new world of adventure for toddlers and children. Great music, great equipment and great new ideas! Imagine climbing a snow mountain, going on safari, digging for fossils, swimming with dolphins and hunting for dinosaurs? Every week introduces a whole new adventure. The main emphasis is on mobility, excitement and adventure. It is a fast-moving, action-packed programme. Website
Music-Rucksack Music IncSpringfield Park Café
Come and enjoy a relaxed, guided musical session For children (0 - 4 years old). Website
NCT Coffee MorningsWaitrose cafe
We have coffee mornings planned WEEKLY and hosted by Janine. They will be at Waitrose cafe 92-96 High Street South Woodford E18 2NA. Please join us from 9.45am For more info please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website
Held once monthly is a one off commitment that gives your partner time to learn about the basics of baby care giving confidence and understanding in an area that for most men is completely unknown. In an informal and friendly environment make friends with other men in similar positions whilst gaining knowledge and confidence. Website
E11 is the postcode district in East London incorporating the areas of Leytonstone, Wanstead, Aldersbrook (part), Snaresbrook, Cann Hall. The local authorities covering E11 are Waltham Forest, Redbridge. The postcode area does not cover all of east London; the remainder is covered by the RM (Romford) and IG postcode areas.
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