North East London

North East London may not receive as much attention as its more glamorous neighbours. However, this buzzing corner of the capital is attracting plenty of property hunters right now… Great value homes? Check. Top schools? Check. Diverse, lively culture? Check and check. Developers have transformed swathes of North East London in recent years, with Walthamstow and Leyton in particular welcoming a new generation of renters and buyers into a varied selection of sleek new homes.

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Best places to live in North East London

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Walthamstow Gateway in North East London

Walthamstow

Walthamstow residents have plenty to say about the nature reserves, friendly locals and wealth of cafes, bars and restaurants. They also praise the parks and swift transport connections into central London:

The community is great in Walthamstow. There are so many different cultures that come together, whether it’s in the markets or just crossing people on the street. The amenities are great – you have every shop you could need on your doorstep combined with gems like the Village and Lloyd Park. The transport links are fantastic – friends are often surprised how quickly they can get to Walthamstow from central London.
– Sam, Verified Resident, Walthamstow Gateway

The location is great! Just a 2 minute walk to Blackhorse Rd tube (and so convenient as the Victoria line is so quick). There are 2 small supermarkets nearby, and lots of lovely new coffee shops/breweries and restaurants in Walthamstow. The area is very ‘up and coming’ which is fab, there’s always something new to explore.
– Sophie, Verified Resident, Fizzy Walthamstow

I love Walthamstow as a community as well as a location – fantastic transport links (Victoria line is incredibly efficient). The area reflects a strong melting pot of cultures where everyone and anyone can fit in, as well as lovely restaurants, parks and beautiful nature reserves.
– Amber, Verified Resident, Blackhorse Mills

Sir Alfred Hitchcock studio publicity shot

Leyton/Leytonstone

Leyton and Leytonstone are also attracting an influx of new residents. These booming suburbs offer great value homes and some excellent schools. Leytonstone also celebrates its strong connections to renowned film director Sir Alfred Hitchcock, with colourful mosaics around the tube station celebrating his birth and residence in the area.

I like that it’s close to many local amenities, the bank, Tesco, Iceland and many Asian supermarkets as well as halal butchers. Fruit stalls line the streets. It is a 10 minute bus ride to Walthamstow Central on the Victoria line.
– Dinah, Verified Resident, Pearl Apartments

Families in Leytonstone enjoy close proximity to open green spaces such as Epping Forest, Wanstead Flats and Victoria Park. Meanwhile, the Red Lion pub is a local landmark with a rich history as a music venue. The tavern hosted Led Zeppelin’s first ever UK gig!

Just to the west, Leyton was once seen as Leytonstone’s cheaper, less well-to-do brother. However, redevelopment works there have meant house prices in the two areas are broadly similar.

Chingford

Tucked under the southern tip of Epping Forest and right at the northern tip of the Walthamstow extension of the London Overground, Chingford is named after the River Ching that runs through the district. Historically part of Essex, Chingford is now an urban district and part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

North east London green space, E17 London postcode

Green Spaces

Walthamstow Marshes comprise just over 90 acres of fields, wetland, footpaths and waterways that attract locals seeking open green spaces, as well as flora and fauna rarely seen in the rest of Greater London. Just north of the Walthamstow Marshes, Walthamstow Wetlands is one of the largest urban wetland areas in Europe. It’s a major draw for anglers as well as birdwatchers drawn by the rich diversity of its resident and visiting species.

The ‘Lungs of London’, Epping Forest sits just north of Walthamstow. This ancient woodland offers 5,900 acres originally set aside by Queen Victoria for Londoners to explore. it is now a very popular spot for mountain bikers, with regular rides organised by local clubs on the weekends.

Transport

Overground services provide the most extensive travel options for North East London. Walthamstow Central station also provides connections into central London via the Victoria line, while the Central line runs from Stratford and up to the loop serving the area around Chigwell, Redbridge and Woodford. The Central line also runs further north up through Loughton to its terminus at Epping.

North East London celebrities

Celebrities connected to North East London include Alfred Hitchcock, who was born in Leytonstone. Singer-songwriter Damon Albarn, footballer David Beckham and acor Derek Jacobi were also born in Leytonstone. Celebrated Apple designer Jonny Ive and footballer Harry Kane are both from Chingford, while Winston Churchill was MP for Epping from 1924-45.

Reviews in North East London

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Safe, high quality vibrant place to live

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Verified Resident
Review Date Nov 2022

The area is great, Blackhorse Road provides a quick and easy link into central London. Big Penny Social puts on regular programming and activity for people of all ages. Parking is an issue though and I do have to park my car a tube ride away.

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I love living at Blackhorse Mills, there is a real sense of community both online and in the property itself. There are always planned events and efforts arranged to support the local community. The Staff are friendly and always happy to help. Dennis and Darek in particular have been great.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

That the area was a no car development and you wouldn’t be able to get a permit for street parking

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Issues are responded to quickly and efficiently by the on site team.

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Cost-effective, happy!

Review Date Nov 2022

It is next to Blackhorse road victorian line/overground station, ideal for young professionals. There are yoga, climbing studios, cafes, pizza, and grocery shops. Wetland and the view over the wetland are the biggest aspects of why I chose to buy here. The people in this community are friendly and positive.
Bad: It is not as “posh” as hackney but feel like it is getting there.

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The flat’s layout and design make sense, it is handy for people like me – who don’t have enough time/experience to think about complicated plans. I only need to buy some key pieces of furniture, that’s all.
The flat completes on time, which is very helpful for me to deal with legal/financial paper works, really happy about it.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Give myself/yourself more time to think about the furniture, because some furniture need 3 months

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They are always approachable via phone/email and answer my questions to the point.

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BHM is a very nice place to live.

Review Date Nov 2022

The blackhorse mills development feels very well put together and is situated immediately adjacent to the Walthamstow Wetlands- which provides a tranquil view out. It is a short walk to the tube station and less than 15 minute cycle to a few large grocery stores as well as the farmers market held near Walthamstow Central.

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It is clear that immense thought was put into the design and layout of the Blackhorse Mills development.
Additionally, it was the first built-to-rent development in London to achieve the Home Quality Mark which proves the design team strove to go above and beyond the minimum sustainability and occupant wellbeing requirements for homes.
For an extra charge, you can have your dog or cat- which is a huge relief compared to taking your chances with other landlords.
Finally, the amenities on site (outdoor terraces, tennis court, gym, pool, and internet for that matter), which are free to use for residents, are an amazing bonus included in the rental price, increasing the value for money.

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I wish I would have known that the wetlands (although make for a magnificent view, don’t get me wrong- like almost unparalleled in London) does not allow walking your dog along the paths.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Building management is very responsive, kind, and pleasant to work with.

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Parcel room is a god send

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Review Date Nov 2022

No parking available sadly, but excellent location to transport, 5 minute walk to the tube station and 15-20 minute walk to to Walthamstow central.

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Regular community events put on by the team and super friendly concierge team. Maintenance manager is very approachable and helpful! Parcel room is a god send and communal areas are functional and kept very clean and tidy. Just very sad that we’ll be out priced at the end of our lease, due to steep increases.

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Location to the marshes means loads of insects… but the view is worth it!

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Have only ever flagged issues via email and response have always been quick and attentive

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Manager Response

Dear Nikki,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and providing feedback on the development. I am so pleased to hear that you have had such a positive experience with the team here at Equipment Works and specifically our Facilities Manager. I will be sure to pass this review over to the team