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Ilford

A well established town with shopping at its core

"Many people don't realise it's only a quick train ride into central London from Barking Station!"

Natalie Mills

"Barking has a lot to offer - shops, schools and river walks...and with a massive regeneration programme already under way, its future is very bright..."

Joshua Mugume

"Investment from the Mayor's Out of London fund has made a marked difference with new public spaces and community projects..."

Joshua Mugume

What is your favourite place?

Where do Ilford locals go?

Golden Fleece

A hidden gem in Forest Gate Village overlooking Wanstead Flats, this pub has recently undergone a full refurbishment and has a huge beer garden at the rear.

Wanstead Park

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.

Panda's Kitchen

Chinese takeaway if you're in between the Forest Gate and Upton Park Area. All fresh ingredients, amazing portions and cooked with loads of colour and flavour!

Wanstead Flats

A fantastic green open space situated between Forest Gate, Manor Park and Aldersbrook.

London Fish Bazaar

This excellent fish shop buys in their fish from Billingsgate Market. They cater for a variety of cultures, with a range of exotic fish.

Compôtes

This cafe next to Wanstead Park Station makes a great cappuccino!

Ambala

A fantastic Asian confectionary shop selling both sweet and savoury treats on Green Street, close to Upton Park Underground Station.

Corner Kitchen

Fantastic family orientated cafe serving unique stone baked pizzas, homemade cakes and featuring a basement playground with dedicated activities throughout the week for under 5's. Great place to take babies and toddlers.

Vijay's Chawalla

A down to earth vegetarian Indian restaurant, with tasty, inexpensive, healthy and authentic food.

Pie Republic

Great traditional pie and mash.

Dynamix Health Club

The perfect place to go to relieve stress after work. It has an amazing free weights room and a cafe serving healthy juices and shakes made from a choice of protein brands.

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.

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

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

San Marino

Best place for a lazy brunch. Proper platefuls and superb salads and Sunday roasts.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Manor Park, Barking, Aldersbrook, Plashet, Forest Gate, Upton Park, Wanstead, Upton, Plaistow and Leytonstone

What do you love about Ilford?

Why do you find Ilford a great place to live?

R.S.

"Really quick commute to work. Lots of shops and fresh food, so cost of living is low"

February 2015

Tyrone

"Excellent housing stock. Fantastic schools and education. Good transport links with access to National rail / Cross-rail, Central and District lines. Great parks. A true hidden gem that's showing signs of change."

December 2014

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Child-friendly activities near Ilford

Multi-Sport Holiday Club-Dorothy Barley Academy

Dorothy Barley Academy
Inspire to Engage is Premier Sport's brand new holiday course initiative. Your children will keep busy and active with a huge variety of activities and sports for them to enjoy during the school holiday. The fun environment on our holiday courses means they mix with loads of children of their own age, get active and most importantly have fun. The scheme is not avaliable on Good Friday and the Easter Bank Holiday on Monday 6th April. 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

Acting Bugs-Wanstead

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

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

The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole
The magic of Alice in Wonderland has arrived in Lincoln in the form of a new tea room in Lincoln. Expect to find the beloved characters from the novel painted on the walls with creative décor throughout and a range of food and drink based around the book!

Baby Dance

Stratford Circus
This popular class provides babies with a movement, sensory, rhythmical experience in a playful environment supported by their parent or carer. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Website

Glee Club

Stratford Circus,
If you love acting, singing and performing, this club is for you and all levels of experience are welcome. Glee Club members take part in singing and songwriting workshops, dance master-classes, drama games and exercises, and create their very own productions and sharings for friends and family to enjoy. Website
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