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?
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
Funky vibe, Shoreditch-y look with in house tuk tuk. Serves excellent soft shell crab and the noodles are fabulous.
Submitted by Joel
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.
Submitted by Calvin
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!
Submitted by Alicia
Amazing Sunday Roasts. Cool pub based on Alfred Hitchcock - Leytonstone's most famous son. Set right in heart of Bushwood Area. Great crowd.
Submitted by Mark
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.
Submitted by Nate
Theatre of Wine
Their weekly wine tasting evenings - really relaxed, social events and so informative. Great craft beers too.
Submitted by Bethany
All You Read is Love
Great cosy atmosphere, superb coffee and cocktails, second hand books and records!
Submitted by Harry
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
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
Best place for a lazy brunch. Proper platefuls and superb salads and Sunday roasts.
Submitted by Ava
The Wild Goose Bakery
Amazing cakes and pastries, lovely atmosphere. Best place to catch up with other Mums.
Submitted by Millie
Love the coconut-infused southern Indian flavours. Friendliest service and the mixed grills and Dosas are to die for.
Submitted by Owen
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.
Submitted by Christina
Traditional food and a cosy atmosphere, this family-run pub is in a fantastic position on the edge of Epping Forest.
Submitted by Sue
Why do you find E11 a great place to live?
"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."
"I love Leyton because of the village atmosphere, the diversity and wonderful cultural activities and the continuing investment from Waltham Forrest and local people."
"I love the vibe and general community spirit in Leytonstone."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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. "
"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!"
"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."
"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
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
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
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: email@example.com 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
Music-Rucksack Music IncSpringfield Park Café
Come and enjoy a relaxed, guided musical session For children (0 - 4 years old). Website
Programme assists with a child's Early Years Foundation Stage development and centres on developing basic motor skills through running, jumping, throwing and catching games. Valuable life skills (such as: communication, listening, sharing, taking turns and teamwork) are gently introduced and developed throughout the programme ensuring children not only benefit from increased stamina but also confidence and self-esteem all of which is vital for a healthy lifestyle. Website
Mummies and Babies BalletWoodford 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
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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