A locals' guide to Woodford
"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
"The opening of the Overground line at Walthamstow Station has really boosted the area."Stan Fung
Where do Woodford locals go?
Woodford Wine Room
A small and friendly wine shop. They even sell wine from a barrel if you bring your own bottle to fill up.
Submitted by John
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.
Submitted by Kayleigh
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
The Flower Pot
Fantastic quiz night on Tuesdays, music, really old feel pub, hasn't been gentrified. Very friendly, very low staff turnover which is a good sign.
Submitted by Madeleine
Serving afternoon tea on a Sunday at Mother's Ruin Gin Palace, I recommend the Guinness cake!
Submitted by Jacob
God's Own Junkyard
Enough to brighten any overcast day... Head over to this warehouse for a sensory overload. A crazy feast of colours with store signs and lights, it's a truly hipster place!
Submitted by Stephen
Mother's Ruin Gin Palace
A lovely range of gin cocktails made with any gin you can possibly think of!
Submitted by Jacob
Wildcard Brewery Tap Bar
A beautifully simple place with beers brewed on site. A lovely laid back feel with the occasional live band playing!
Submitted by Jacob
The Village Bakery
Great for al fresco breakfasts and lunch in the heart of the village and they do a mean BBQ Pork Bap Special!
Submitted by Stan
Recently reopened, this pub is a great place to enjoy a drink sitting on a lovely, comfy sofa in the garden.
Submitted by Ioana
The Italian Delicatessen of Walthamstow
The deli counter stocks a superb range of Italian cheeses, cured meats and crudités to enjoy as antipasti or ingredients. Freshly-baked breads include focaccia. Superb quality wines and spirits. The warm welcome and customer service is what makes this delicatessen authentic. A great shop in Walthamstow.
Submitted by Liz
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.
Submitted by Alexandra
William Morris Gallery
As well as showcasing Morris's works, you can also learn about the wider art world through exhibitions and workshops.
Submitted by Ioana
New addition to Hoe Street and another sign of positive improvement in the area. Affordable accessories for gentlemen, some of which are produced by local manufacturers; fantastic barbers, and plenty of interesting conversation while you sit and wait. The owners also produce their own beard oil on site.
Submitted by Lee
This restaurant in a converted ballroom has a varied menu of hearty British meals with a foodie twist.
Submitted by Alastair
Why do you find Woodford a great place to live?
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Did you know?
"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."
Child-friendly activities near Woodford
Toddler SenseThe 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 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website
NCT Weekly coffee mornings in Woodford bridgeCosta 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
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
Tots Water WorldChingford 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
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
Do you live in Woodford, or have you lived in Woodford recently?
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Woodford Green
- Buckhurst Hill
- Highams Park
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