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A locals' guide to Chigwell

"With Epping Forest on the doorstep, you feel a million miles from the hustle and bustle of London..."

Alexandra Haywood (nee Lega)

"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

"Perfect for commuters, Leytonstone is only five stops on the Central line from London Liverpool Street."

Joshua Mugume

What is your favourite place?

Where do Chigwell locals go?

Sheesh

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.

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.

Mode Beauty Therapy

I always visit this independent beauty therapy salon before any special event or just for a bit of me time. They offer a range of different treatments and the staff are always really friendly.

India Grill

Great for a family meal or a get together with friends. Traditional Indian curries and sides, all for a reasonable price.

Nu Bar

One of Loughton's late night spots, it's open from Thursday to Sunday and attracts a glamorous Essex crowd.

Two Kitchens

The best sushi and burgers around and all under one roof - choose between Japanese and Italian cuisine, or why not have both!

The Last Post

Great for drinks after work or a cheap pub lunch. It's location on the high street is really convenient too.

LuXe

This luxurious late night bar is Loughton's answer to the West End. Dress to impress, book a table and have fun with your friends.

OrganicO

Loughton's go-to store for all things healthy. As well as selling organic products and supplements, there is a cafe serving delicious vegan and gluten-free treats.

Wildwood

It may be part of a chain of restaurants, but they definitely don't compromise on quality. The pizzas are really tasty and even the salads are too!

The Olive Tree

This is by far my favourite restaurant in Loughton! Their Mediterranean and Greek food is delicious and it has such a great atmosphere too. It's the perfect place for a get-together or celebration.

FIFTEEN York Hill

Fantastic Sunday lunch. Lovely terrace. Great atmosphere and music on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Gardeners Arms

I love this pub because of it's hilltop position. The views towards London are beautiful and Epping Forest is just round the corner. It has a cosy, traditional atmosphere and it's dog friendly too!

The Victoria Tavern

This has to be the prettiest pub in Essex! It's in a lovely quiet spot near Epping Forest and the large garden is fantastic in the summer.

Foresters Arms

Traditional food and a cosy atmosphere, this family-run pub is in a fantastic position on the edge of Epping Forest.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Grange Hill, Chigwell Village, Hainault, Debden, Abridge, Fairlop, Fulwell, Barkingside, Loughton St John's and Buckhurst Hill

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"The name Theydon Bois is derived from "de Bosco's estate in the valley where thatching materials are obtained" . The de Bosco family held the manor in the 12th and 13th centuries."

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NCT Weekly coffee mornings in Woodford bridge

Costa Coffee
This is our Woodford Bridge Coffee Morning meet up which is held every Wednesday between 9.30am-12pm at Costa Coffee Woodford Bridge, 688-690 Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8AH. Everyone welcome for coffee and catch ups with other parents of babies in the area. Website

Toddler Sense

The Woollard Centre
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

Toddler Sense

The 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

Mummies and Babies Ballet

Woodford Memorial Hall
A new class for new mums who are looking to get back into exercising whilst enjoying precious time with their new babies. You can wear your baby and have them join in the class, or they can just stay by the side in the room with us whilst Julia (and baby Thomas!) put you gently through your paces. £5.75 drop-in or 5 classes for £25 Website

NCT Coffee Mornings

Waitrose 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: nct_redbridge_parents@yahoo.co.uk Website

Just Kidding Chorus

Wanstead 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

Tots Water World

Chingford Leisure Centre
A drop in session for children under 4. Children are invited in to the pool in an exciting environment with toys and songs. A water based version of Toddlers World which should be used as a pathway to Aqua Tots courses. Website
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