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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great location

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Verified Resident
Review Date May 2024

close to the tube station, not enough parks for dogs, no parking available, not enough restaurants, the area has became slightly unsafe

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great building, friendly staff, cool working space, dog friendly! beautiful design, very clean, constant updates on what is going on in the building, beautiful gym and nice swimming pool. not warm enough water in the swimming pool, but overall I’m happy to be here

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bugs from the wetlands aren’t ideal, otherwise all good

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has repaired a broken dishwasher door within a week

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The development is always kept well clean and maintained.

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date May 2024

Good aspects is how centralised everything is around you – the transportation links are a big winning factor for me.
What could be improved is having a private service lift for extra large furniture for ease transitioning.

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The development is always kept well clean and maintained. The co-working spaces are extremely efficient for me to work from home and the unlimited usage of the coffee machine makes soo much sense!
Prior to my move-in date, I was in the local area with some family and I wanted to show them around Equipment Works, thankfully, Kiew was able to accommodate this for us which was really kind of her to do so. She was also able to recommend us good brewery around the area which has stuck by us ever since.
Equipment Works is just tucked behind so the noise control has been proven to be good, away from the busy main roads and you do not hear the trains either.

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Parking is unavailable so you have to refrain friends/family to not drive to the area.

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The team respond to your emails fairly quickly from what I have noticed. Sometimes maintenance requests take some time but I understand there are 2 gentlemen who oversee this department so I understand this can take a while. Though once my request is fixed/ dealt with, it is to a good standard.

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Thank you for the wonderful review! We’re pleased to hear that you’re happy with our service, and we truly appreciate your kind words about our team members!

I am happy with the design of my home and the development overall

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Apr 2024

Love the area. Shops, restaurants & bars are excellent. Transport links are amazing with the tube station just across the road. There is no parking though, but that’s pretty much standard across London with newbuilds.

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I am happy with the design of my home and the development overall. The facilities are standard, which is good for keeping those service charges at a minimum. We are about to get a Residents Management Company running, which is excellent for managing things as a community of residents.

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I’m pleased with the fact that there is a Residents Management Company registered by the developer from the start with the freehold about to get transferred to it.

What is the best feature of your home:

Modern amenities, open layout, sleek kitchen, and convenient location.

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I loved living here

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Review Date Apr 2024

The location is amazing.
However the road outside is busy and the stairs attract drinkers and asb. Shame

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I loved living here. The flat was clean, tidy. In the best location. I was lucky with my neighbours too.
There’s was a small time issue with the communal door, but as soon as it happened it had been fixed.
There’s a lot of great things about this building.

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You can’t check your own gas and electricity meter. Also the bins get bad

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

Things happen. And the building management always supported and came back quickly

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