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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Living in BHM

Review Date Jan 2022

A quiet neighbourhood with convenient access to the city via underground, overground and bus. I like the blend between nature, whilst living in a modern build.

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The facilities at BHM are great, with gym, swimming pool, work rooms and more to offer. It has enough places to relax in and change your environment especially if you are working from home. The property management is great, everyone is very friendly, helpful and professional. We have been shown around and introduced to all the amenities and when there has been issues in the flat, they have been urgently resolved. Darek and Dennis are especially great, always ready to help.

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Walthamstow is not as far as it looks, easily walkable distance, although I do wish there was a bigger grocery shop around besides co-op.

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

The urgent issues are always solved promptly. However, the smaller, non-urgent request do take a little bit of time.

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Excellent facilities management.

Review Date Jan 2022

We had a broken washer at the flat and I have to say the person who dealt with it — Denis — did an excellent job. He was responsive and followed up with very timely and clear communications. I was both happy and impressed with how Denis resolved the issue.

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Facilities management is excellent. Denis does a great job in managing the process. He is responsive and does the follow up that is required without needing to be chased. He communicates well, is polite and thoughtful. He ensured the works were completed with no hassle. Thank you!

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

None.

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

Outstanding building management: Denis in particular was excellent. He was responsive and managed the process well.

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A gem in Waltham Forest

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jan 2022

Good:
– Staff are great + Friendly
– Location right by the station
– Communal areas are always kept tidy
– Gym has all the latest equipment
– Pool is warm + clean
– Community events, food-trucks every weekend, and more.
– Pet friendly (for a fee)

Bad:
– Very few parking spaces (and ~£200 per month for the ones that are available), and not a lot of parking close-by for guests
– Quite a walk to access the Wetlands, although it’s right next door, it’s nearly a 10 min walk to access the entrance

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We’re really enjoying living in Blackhorse Mills! The front desk staff are always so helpful. Tommy & Darek check in often to see how everything’s going + are always super friendly to residents + visitors alike. Andy in the maintenance team has helped with a number of small issues efficiently + with a smile. There’s currently (Jan 2022) quite a bit of construction around the area, but with the sound-proofing, you rarely hear very much when the windows are shut. The place was spotless when we moved in, and the fact we were able to collect the keys on a Sunday made it even better! The Pool & Gym are great, and we’re really enjoying the local area with Blackhorse Road station a couple of minutes away. There’s a cafe in the complex, a yoga studio, F45, and hopefully a bar + pizza place setting up soon !

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– Very few parking spaces (and ~£200 per month for the ones that are available), and not a lot of parking close-by for guests
– Quite a walk to access the Wetlands, although it’s right next door, it’s nearly a 10 min walk to access the entrance

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

Yes – the team here have been quick with any issues we’ve had and dealt with them professionally

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Manager Response

Hi Ayman

Fantastic review, thank you very much!

Great to read you’re enjoying living at Blackhorse and some really insightful points for anyone considering moving here.

All the best,

Robert

Security & Space all in one place

Review Date Jan 2022

The wetlands are just a stroll away and with dedicated cycle lanes and the canals nearby, there’s plenty of open space to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Blackhorse Mills provides security, space plus more all in one place. Fob access is granted only to your particular floor there is added security with cctv. With both home living and communal spaces, it provides the perfect blend to be able to work from home and connect with community. The addition of bookable dining rooms also means you can entertain right at home. Not to mention that the wetlands are a short stroll away and a heated pool is available.

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Unfortunately you can’t take dogs walking in the wetlands area as it’s a sanctuary for the birds. Saying that, Lloyd Park is a good stroll with an enclosed area and most residents use a local company who will take your dog out to a field for a day to run about in a group.

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

I have not had any issues within my flat, however have always found all staff to be approachable and friendly whenever I have had queries.

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Hi Jasmine

Thank you for your great review!

There are some really helpful points in there for future residents also.

All the best,

Robert