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

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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Another level of living

Review Date Mar 2021

Really nice area with lots of lovely walks / bike rides etc. Lots of countryside feel whilst living in the city! Great transport links into the city.
Downfall is no parking on site even though there is empty parking spaces not being used.

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The development has been designed/finished to a high standard with a modern feel and finish throughout the buildings. Building management is good, all public areas are kept clean and tidy. Very convenient having 24hr concierge on site.
Facilities are varied and excited to be able to use them post Covid.
Dennis have been very helpful and accommodating the day we moved in and the whole team are really friendly and welcoming.

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

Wish we had of known about the guest passes to the health-club being very limited.

What is the best feature of your home:

Lots of natural light – floor to ceiling window in living area.

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On the expensive side, but you get what you pay for!

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Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Despite being in lockdown, we are having a great time. Very close to the tube, a lot of parks around if you want to go for a stroll or a run. Walthamstow really feels like a community (rare in London!).

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Amazing modern design, everything is taken care of with attention to detail. We haven’t been able to use swimming pool or gym (because of the lockdown) but Front of House team have been great. A big shout-out to Denis, always available, kind and willing to help.

We look forward to the end of the lockdown to try the swimming pool and the gym 🙂

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

1. The nature around is amazing. We love the parks and the wetlands.
2. Heating with eON is quite expensive and you can’t change provider.

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

No concerns. We didn’t have much to be fixed, but when we called (or emailed), everything was taken care of in no time.

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Lovely modern living

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Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Tube accessibility
Quite neighbourhood
Modern design

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Nice set-up of the rooms and flat
Nice interiors and furnitures well-thought out
Energy saving appliances are a nice touch
Generous portions for the rooms
Fairly priced rent
Located conveniently near the station
Quaint neighbourhood and green spaces

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

New construction noise

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

Trash disposal
Noise/ developments
Light
Furniture requests

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Design
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Location
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Thank you very much for your review!

Great place to live

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Great transport link, pretty close to shops and some restaurants, can’t really hear outside the flat cause the windows are thick. Not happy we can’t use the parking spots cause they’re supposed to be for disabled people or something which is ridiculous, there are a lot of parking spots around the building. There are also plenty of green spaces around but they unfortunately close around 4pm.

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Great design but terrible choice of coffee table as it stains like hell.

Bin chutes are mostly broken but I enjoy the rest of the facilities.

Front of house is super helpful especially Darek, he always helps me, even replies to out of hours messages.

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

That we can’t park around, I was planning to buy a car but this stopped me.

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

Had issues with the heating and they came multiple times to check if it was working was very pleased.

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Manager Response

Hi Ruxandra

Thank you for your review and constructive feedback. I am sorry if the marble coffee table is marking, I will look into this further and be in touch with what we can do to help with this.

Apologies, I know we’ve had some difficulties with the bin chutes during lockdown, but we are in discussions with the contractor to prevent this from happening again.

The parking restrictions at the development are part of the planning agreement with the council I am afraid, although I do appreciate it seems a little of odd given the number of space available.

It was great to see that Darek has been so helpful & you’re enjoying the facilities.

Best wishes,

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