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, views, and facilities, and an outstanding on-site team

Review Date Jun 2022

The area has seen a rapid development and continuous improvement in the last few years, with many new developments being added to the Walthamstow landscape. Renting at Blackhorse Mills means you have the Walthamstow Wetlands at your door step and quick access to many other local green spaces like Lloyd Park, and St James’s Park. With balconies overlooking the Wetlands you can’t really get a better view. Transport is quick and easy with the Victoria Line and London Overground and plenty of buss lines. The area is rich with local shops, bars & restaurants, markets, and kids play areas and entertainment.

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My stay at Blackhorse Mills has been the best experience I’ve had with renting, ever. The development, facilities, and location are excellent. Apartments are designed with renters in mind and offer really generous size rooms, private balconies, and plenty of storage. The renting process and application are quick and easy and saved me lots of time, information was really straightforward and easily available, and the lettings team was very helpful throughout my application and move-in, and beyond. The on-site team really cares about providing the best experience to all residents, and creating a sense of community through events and activities for residents to enjoy and meet other residence.

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The flats are better quality and bigger than in any other of the new developments that have recently been built in the area.
The on-site team is amazing in going the extra mile to make your stay as good as it can be.
The development being pet-friendly is great, but not all pet owners will be responsible with cleaning up after their pets, so I’m always mindful about checking the area before letting my child play in the outdoor and indoor shared spaces.

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

Problems and issues were always resolved quickly and efficiently, and I’ve only had a few very minor repair request during my 18 months here as appliances are new and apartments are kept in a really good condition.

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Feel at home in a very nice area, but room for improvement

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Review Date Jun 2022

Very close to transport links, although the train can be patchy on weekends. Some good coffee shops and bars opening up in the area recently. Very close to many green outdoor areas, which is really lovely. Not enough infrastructure, e.g. GPs, dentist, gyms. Close to a main busy road.

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Overall design is okay, but property management has been very lacking, with a very unresponsive management company. Concierge service was excellent at the start, but has been inconsistent for a while now. Hill was usually very responsive when we needed to get someone out to fix any issues in the flat.

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Really strong sense of community woth neighbours has been key, especially during multiple lockdowns.

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

Hill have been quite responsive at coming out whenever we had issues on the flat. The management company, however, are unresponsive and takes chasing several times.

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Very pet friendly if you have any dogs

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Review Date Jun 2022

Surrounded by lovely green spaces, good access to shops, but still a developing area. Aldi is very close by which is great

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I love the design of the blocks, big balcony and great views of the sunset and community garden from my apartment. Very pet friendly if you have any dogs, and great space for them to play with other dogs in the community garden. Property management is also improving.

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There’s nothing that suprised me when I moved in which is great as I knew what I was buying into.

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Yes mostly apart from one issue with the drainage in the shower

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The best place to live

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Review Date Jun 2022

Moving to this development was the first time living In any part of East London and we immediately fell in love. There is great transport links with the Victoria line just a stones throw away from the development and the overground keep you well connected too. There is also a great choice of local breweries and nice coffee shops with close walking distance.

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I absolutely LOVED living in this development. Having a gym was brilliant – it had everything I needed and Reanne and Naweed (who work there) were always on hand whenever I needed advice for workouts. The pool was amazing to cool down with on a hot day too.
The building management were amazing too. Darek was always there with a friendly smile and great chat whenever we entered the building which always put a spring in my step.

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There was a lovely community vibe that you can throw yourself into as much or as little as you like. The team who work front of house regularly organise events to bring residents together and the result is that there is a lovely energy in the building of people knowing who their neighbours are and everyone is really friendly

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

When we first moved in we couldn’t get our washing machine to work and Dennis was great at resolving the issue for us. On the same day he swapped it out for a new one which worked perfectly.

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