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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Fantastic facilities with friendly staff

Review Date Jan 2023

Very convenient transport links and reliable network. Street is developing which is nice but there are some anti-social issues with youths which is concerning sometimes.

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The staff at Blackhorse Mills are brilliant and very helpful – especially Toye. They are especially good with the pets in the building. The facilities are fantastic for a building of this kind, especially compared to others in the area. My only issue would be the lack of car park spaces.

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Lack of secured convenient parking nearby.
Super dog friendly.

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Very responsive and personable. Always gone out of their way to make sure problems are fixed as soon as possible. Derek is fantastic.

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Lovely suburban living.

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Review Date Dec 2022

It’s a leafy & quiet development if that is your life style. Parking is beginning to be an issue. Children’s play area is now ready.

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All flats & houses are new build. Parking is the only negative. The local council conducted a consultation recently so hopefully some improvements are in the pipeline. A very lovely area to live in, the children’s play area is now open although the promised park and cycle path are still pending, a bit far from any shops or cafe’s.

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Parking could have been better planned. A small store would probably have been a great option.

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We have not faced any problems that were not resolved quickly or proactively.

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Thank you Blackhorse Mills

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Review Date Dec 2022

Public transport access is very convenient and close proximity to the Walthamstow Wetlands and nearby greenbelts an added bonus.

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We absolutly loved our stay at BHM, we made good use of the facilities especially the pool during the heat wave and the gym in the winter. There were some lovely social events set up where all the residents were made to feel welcome. I would like to make special mention of Darek who was there to welcome us into BHM 2 and a half years ago and was there to say goodbye when we left, always had a smile and willing to help. I would also like to mention Anna who was our initial contact into BHM and secured a wonderful apartment for us as we were overseas when looking, and Rosa who was also always very happy to help. We were very sad to leave.

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Register with the Resident’s Facebook group as it is informative.

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The building management has responded well, but were often let down by external providers.

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Manager Response

Dear William,

Thank you for your lovely review!

It’s lovely to read that you had such a nice time living here at Blackhorse Mills. Should you ever wish to return, the team will be happy to assist.

I will ensure the team all see your great comments, especially those who you’ve personally mentioned.

Thank you,

Luke

Great place to live

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Review Date Dec 2022

Great area, feels safe, peaceful and secure, also lots of things you need on your door step and plenty to do.

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Property management/facilities are friendly and helpful, always happy to assist. Complex feels safe and secure with great amenities, this pet friendly development is fantastic place to meet new people, the complex is very peaceful and energy efficient.

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None

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Needed a minor maintenance issue resolved and a picture put up, all sorted in a reasonable timeframe.

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Manager Response

Hello JB,

Thank you for your great review, a nice way to start off the year!

I will ensure I pass your great comments onto the team.

Warm regards,

Luke