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All You Read Is Love

All You Read Is Love

My absolute fave hang out is this uber cool independent bookshop, café and bar run by a lovely Danish pair in Bushwood, Leytonstone. They hold great Scratch Nights for up and coming artists. Real unique personality to it - comedy, magic, music gigs and book launches. Fab cocktails and coffee too. In the daytime, it's the perfect place to buy or just chill with a book.

The Red Lion

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.

Wanstead Farmers' Market

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.

All You Read is Love

All You Read is Love

Great cosy atmosphere, superb coffee and cocktails, second hand books and records!



Love the coconut-infused southern Indian flavours. Friendliest service and the mixed grills and Dosas are to die for.

The Olive

The Olive

Excellent Mediterranean Restaurant right near Leytonstone tube station in Bushwood Area. Atmos and cuisine every bit as fine as Upper Street at much better prices. Top haunt.

The Luna Lounge

The Luna Lounge

This music venue hosts live music nights on two levels. Love the summer with the doors open, view of the church and gorgeous live jazz. Also they do rock and blues, and open mic nights. But for me, to have a cracking jazz venue minutes from my front door is the best.

Le Petit Corner

Le Petit Corner

Le Petit Corner is my absolute fave café in the Bushwood end of Leytonstone. It's Bugaboo central, but the kids can play downstairs, so upstairs is chilled and they have a secluded garden. Top toasties and apple tart and just started doing select gourmet food evenings, perfect for date night!

Oven East

Oven East

The best oven-fired pizzas. My partner lives for the Iskender from the Turkish section of the menu.

Theatre of Wine

Theatre of Wine

Their weekly wine tasting evenings - really relaxed, social events and so informative. Great craft beers too.

The Birds

The Birds

Amazing Sunday Roasts. Cool pub based on Alfred Hitchcock - Leytonstone's most famous son. Set right in heart of Bushwood Area. Great crowd.

The Wild Goose Bakery

The Wild Goose Bakery

Amazing cakes and pastries, lovely atmosphere. Best place to catch up with other Mums.

North Star

North Star

Situated in Leytonstone Village near Bushwood, this pub has a food menu with a Thai twist and a beer garden out the back.

Little Saigon

Little Saigon

Funky vibe, Shoreditch-y look with in house tuk tuk. Serves excellent soft shell crab and the noodles are fabulous.



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!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Wanstead, Leytonstone, Aldersbrook, Leyton, Forest Gate, , Cranbrook, Manor Park, Maryland and Walthamstow

"Vinegar Alley behind Saint Mary's Church, Walthamstow is so called because local people used vinegar to sanitise the plague pits that were dug around here."

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

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The opening of the Overground line at Walthamstow Station has really boosted the area.

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There's nothing you can't buy from Walthamstow Market, the longest outdoor street market in Europe.

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  1. My offices recently moved to Stratford, so now my commute is just 5 mins on the Central Line from Leytonstone tube station! Used to live West, but Bushwood Area has none of the space compromises and bigger Victorian houses and gardens on more friendly streets. I’ve woods and ponds like you wouldn’t believe at the end of my road.

  2. I love Leyton because of the village atmosphere, the diversity and wonderful cultural activities and the continuing investment from Waltham Forrest and local people.

  3. I love the vibe and general community spirit in Leytonstone.

  4. Bushwood is so easy for shopping – all the big places, John Lewis, Waitrose, Superdry, Hollister are all just two tube stops away from Leytonstone at the enormous Westfield. This leaves Leytonstone High Street, especially the main Bushwood part, with all the cute, indy cafés and bars you really want, just moments away.

  5. So many of my mates now moving to Leytonstone in East London. Artistic crowd, very friendly neighbourhood, Victorian houses and so near to Westfield Stratford make it an awesome location.

  6. Balance of tranquil, tree-lined streets and proximity to work in Central London. My husband is always home from city in time to see kids to bed. Every size of Victorian house in a friendly few streets. Bushwood Area of Leytonstone is so perfect for families. Also love the villagey feel of cottages in Browning Road.

  7. I’m a massive foodie and the Bushwood end of Leytonstone is booming with indie cafés and eateries opening up. Dead lucky to get in on a Victorian house in one of the leafy streets. Bushwood is a quiet haven just off a buzzing high street, so it’s urban London living without any of the downside. I go jogging in the open green spaces of Wanstead Flats, which is less than 5 mins away.

  8. Leafy Victorian streets with loads of family-owned homes in Bushwood, It's close to the tube and before the Central line splits. Area is really on the up with loft and rear extensions going up everywhere. No wonder people fight so hard for the flats and houses round here. Never moving!

  9. The great vibe and real community feel. The local residents' group even host parties for neighbours to get to know each other. You can't beat Bushwood in Leytonstone.

  10. 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.

  11. Good transport links, a growing community and close to Epping Forest too!

  12. I love E11 for it's green open spaces, diversity and sense of community.

  13. 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.

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 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 theory, because Leytonstone is on the Central Line in Zone 3. I know lots of areas in London half as good and twice as expensive. Bushwood is an undiscovered gem.

  17. 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 Central Line. It is a quiet and peaceful area with still a lot of potential.

  18. 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!

  19. 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 be long before it is the Chiswick of the East!

  20. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NCT Leytonstone Bumps and Babies

The 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

Acting Bugs-Wanstead

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 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

Tiny Time Music-Walthamstow Toy Library

Walthamstow Toy Library
Music classes for babies and toddlers in Stoke Newington and the surrounding area. Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Website

Tiny Time Music-The Hornbeam café

The Hornbeam Cafe
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Website

Bongalong Early Risers

St Mary’s Welcome Centre
Up early on a Saturday morning? Not allowed to go back to sleep? Head along to Bongalong Early Risers, a lively mix of singing, dancing, stories and games with some percussion fun too for children under five and their carers. £6 per child over 6 months. £10 for siblings under 5 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: [email protected] Website

About E11

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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