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Golden Fleece

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

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.

Wanstead Flats

Wanstead Flats

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

The Larder

The Larder

Great Coffee and Cake - It has only just opened!

Panda's Kitchen

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!

Compôtes

Compôtes

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

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.

Corner Kitchen

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.

London Fish Bazaar

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.

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.

Ambala

Ambala

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

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!

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.

All You Read is Love

All You Read is Love

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

Pie Republic

Pie Republic

Great traditional pie and mash.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Ilford, Cranbrook, Clementswood, Seven Kings, Newbury, Manor Park, Loxford, Aldersbrook, Goodmayes and Longbridge

"The only complete skull of a mammoth to be discovered in the UK was unearthed in 1860 on Ilford's High Road."

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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...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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