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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The BEST management company and staff you will ever have living in London! Move here!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2024

The good: The transportation links here are phenomenal. Even though you’re a bit further out from Central London, to travel in is about 20 minutes and all the main stations are on the Victoria line (King’s Cross, Euston, Victoria, etc). Additionally, in the area there are the beautiful wetlands to walk around in, great little independent shops (make sure to visit Nourished Communities), and more.

The bad: There really isn’t anything bad except that it is important to keep in mind that the area is still up and coming and therefore, there are maybe not as many restaurants/cafes/bars in the local area as you would get in Central for example. However, don’t let this stop you from moving here as things are opening all the time!

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The development is phenomenal. You don’t ever want to leave. The really spiffy gym as well as the pool during the summer is brilliant (and it’s ALL included in your rent). Additionally, the design of the building and flats themselves are so well executed as well as energy efficient. The architects really took their time with this development and their commitment to sustainability was unparalleled.

But what REALLY sets BHM apart from any other place my partner and I have lived in London is the staff here. They are absolutely the best you could ever have or ask for. They really treat you like human beings and when my partner and I were faced with a horrible external situation, they stepped in and went above and beyond to help us. I am not normally an emotional guy but it brings tears to my eyes just thinking of how much of a help they have been for my partner and I. Specific shoutouts to Katie, Kul, Rob, and Paul. We are so grateful to know you all and to experience living in a UrbanBubble run complex. You guys have made this place so special for us and we are so grateful for you all.

Overall, this is the best place you can live happily in London, move here! You will not regret it!

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How amazing the staff would be and how hard it is to imagine leaving here! If it wasn’t for external circumstances forcing us to relocate, I think we could imagine ourselves living here for years to come.

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

The amount or problems/issues we’ve encountered here are slim as they really keep the flats in top-notch shape as well as are relatively new as is. However, whenever we have had even minor issues, the building management staff have handled it right away and to an exceptionally high standard. It feels like they care just as much about the quality and longevity of the flat as we do!

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Fantastic front of house staff

Review Date Jul 2024

Great facilities, lots of onsite events. Overall a really pleasant place to live and I highly recommend this development.

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The lovely front of house girls Kiew and Marigona provide exceptional service levels on reception and beyond at Equipment Works. Their professionalism, attentiveness, and dedication to customer service make them outstanding assets to the building and maintaining the service levels.

Every time I am in reception, I witness Kiew and Marigona consistently going above and beyond to ensure that every visitor is greeted warmly and assisted promptly – their commitment to customer satisfaction always shines front and centre.

Kiew and Marigona, I cannot thank you enough for always being so helpful, five stars ladies!

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I feel I was definitely advised everything upon moving in here, they really went above and beyond to share all that I required.

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

Kiew and Marigona provide exceptional service and always resolve everything so promptly.

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Loving it!

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Review Date May 2024

Fantastic location, very conveniently located on the Victoria line for quick access to central London. Close proximity to commerces and loads of green spaces 🎉

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Great place, very convenient amenities (co-working space, gym, games room, cinema room, etc.), fun community events and activities… but the best part is the fantastic team making it all run smoothly! Shoutout to Kiew, Marigona, Sherise and Shingy for being absolute rockstars ❤️

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All good! Great location, great team and very lovely place to live

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

Super quick and responsive! The team is readily available to support with any issues that may arise

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Manager Response

Thank you for your wonderful review! We’re pleased to hear you enjoy the amenities, community events, and our fantastic team. Kiew, Marigona, Sherise, and Shingy are indeed rockstars, and we’re glad they make your experience exceptional. Your positive feedback on our responsiveness and support means a lot to us.

Great residency

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Review Date May 2024

Good Aspects:
Transport Links:

Excellent Connectivity: Blackhorse Road is well-served by the London Overground and the Victoria Line, providing quick access to central London and other key areas.
Cycling Routes: There are good cycling paths and routes, promoting a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transport.
Local Amenities:

Shops and Restaurants: The area has a variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants, offering diverse culinary options and convenience.
Green Spaces: Proximity to Walthamstow Wetlands and Lloyd Park provides residents with beautiful green spaces for relaxation and outdoor activities.
Community Feel:

Vibrant Community: Blackhorse Road has a strong sense of community, with local events and markets that bring residents together.
Creative Hub: The area is known for its creative and artistic vibe, with several studios, galleries, and workshops.
Development and Growth:

Regeneration Projects: Ongoing development projects are enhancing the area’s infrastructure and housing, making it an increasingly desirable place to live.

Bad Aspects:
Cost of Living:

Rising Costs: With the area’s growing popularity and development, the cost of living, including rent and property prices, has been increasing.

Traffic Congestion: Traffic can be heavy, particularly during rush hours, which might be a concern for drivers.
Limited Parking. Also parking is very scarce.

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1. Modern Design and Amenities:
The design of Equipment Works is contemporary and stylish, featuring high-quality finishes and modern appliances. The apartments are spacious, well-lit, and thoughtfully laid out, making them very comfortable to live in. The development also offers a range of amenities, including a gym, enclosed communal garden, and a residents’ lounge, which enhance the living experience.

2. Community Feel:
The development fosters a strong sense of community. There are regular events and activities organized for residents, which help in building a friendly and welcoming environment. The communal areas are well-maintained and provide great spaces for socializing and relaxing.

3. Sustainable Living:
The developers have incorporated several eco-friendly features into the design of Equipment Works, promoting sustainable living. This includes energy-efficient appliances, recycling facilities, and green building materials, which contribute to a lower environmental footprint.

Overall, Equipment Works is a great development that offers modern, comfortable living with excellent amenities and strong community spirit. Its convenient location and emphasis on green and sustainable living make it an attractive choice for those looking to live in a vibrant and connected part of the city. Despite the minor drawbacks mentioned, the pros far outweigh the cons, making Equipment Works a highly recommended place to live. Also not to further mention the property management staff are a delight, particularly Kiew who I have known since the beginning of my residency; She has been a detrimental happiness in our stay here.

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Parking availability is scarce. As my wife has disabilities it does possess some difficultness, however the team have been accommodating in ensuring we could offload/ pick up/ drop off efficiently.

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

Niki and Kenneth are very efficient and always complete tasks to a high standard. Their dedication and professionalism ensure that everything runs smoothly and that residents are well taken care of.

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Thank you for your fantastic review! We’re pleased to hear that Niki, Kenneth, Kiew, and Marigona have made such a positive impact on your experience. Our team is dedicated to providing exceptional service, and your feedback is greatly appreciated.