At Trading Places we live and breathe Leytonstone so it’s hardly surprising that we would sing its praises. But Leytonstone really is a great place to live, work and bring up a family. Leytonstone is so close to the City you could virtually walk there. Yet the borough has a distinct character and feel all of it’s own. We think it’s just the right size – it has all the amenities you could wish for but still keeps a villagey atmosphere. We brainstormed the top 10 reasons to live and work in Leytonstone.
1. Working in London is a breeze
Just 8 stops and 30 minutes on the Central line and you’re in Tottenham Court Road. It’s just 14 mins to Liverpool Street. If your job is in north or west London, the new London Overground will be your new best friend. Jump on at Leytonstone High Road, and take in Walthamstow, Tottenham, Islington, Hampstead, Willesden, Acton, and all the way down to Kew and Richmond in South-West London.
2. The schools are fantastic
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3. The houses are beautiful
Make no mistake, Leytonstone is not your typical London suburb. Much of our housing stock is original Victorian and Edwardian. In Leytonstone you get a lot of house for your money. There are plenty of flats available of course. The best thing is the prices – our area has realistically-prices property that’s within the reach of real people.
4. We have some of London’s best pubs
It’s official. We have the best boozers in the capital. The North Star on Browning Road is a brilliant back-street pub, and garners a mighty 7.2 out of 10 from Beer in the Evening. There aren’t many pubs that can boast such a high score. “I feel like the street this pub is on should be called Narnia. It’s like escaping into another land.” said one reviewer. With the best beer and great food, it’s an all-round star attraction.
If you’re more of a “chain” person, we have a Wetherspoons and an O’Neill’s. Variety is the spice of life.
5. Restaurants to drool over
There’s no need to go into town if you’re hungry in Leytonstone. The town has some of the highest-rated restaurants and gastropubs in London. Try the Red Lion on Leytonstone High Road – famous for its food as well as the drink. Very highly-rated with mums with buggies. Attentive staff, wonderful cooking, what more could you ask for?
If Mediterranean food takes your fancy, The Olive could be the answer. Meze, a fantastic grill and fine wines makes for a fabulous night. There are dozens of other cafes and restaurants, all waiting to be sampled.
6. Attractions galore
You don’t have to stay in when you move here. Apart from the obvious attractions of central London there are many local attractions to help you get the most out of life, especially if you have kids. . We have a working farm at Waltham Forest, a fab, fun water park in Leyton. There’s ice skating at Lee Valley, places to golf, walk and learn to horse-ride in Chingford.
7. Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone
Amazingly, the Hollywood master of suspense and psychological drama was born at 517 High Road Leytonstone. Sadly he left the area to become an internationally renowned movie director, but his legend lives on in the aptly-named Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel on Whipps Cross Road (a slightly imposing and gothic-looking building to this day with perhaps more than a passing resemblance to Bates’ Motel!) It’s located moments away from Hollow Ponds – beautiful on a sunny summers day with boating on the lake followed by a relaxing bite to eat in the Hitchock beer garden.
8. Football fans’ dream location?
Where in London is better located for going to football matches? You are just a short tube journey away from West Ham, Arsenal and Spurs. Millwall and Charlton Athletic are just over the river. And of course our very own Leyton Orient are just around the corner. There are many other non-league clubs just a tiny way away. It’s a footie-fan’s dream.
9. Sport and exercise are never far away.
If you are a walker or jogger, you’ll love Wanstead Flats. A wide open expanse of green, surprisingly like the open countryside. You would not know you were in a London borough with miles of grassland, lakes and ponds. There’s tennis at Aldersbrook tennis club. Swimming and gym facilities at Cathall Leisure Centre.
We benefited from having the 2012 Olympics on our doorstep. Which means just a hop-and-a-skip down the road in Stratford we have the Copper Box – a 7500-seat sporting and entertainment arena. It also has a gym and badminton courts. And of course we have the London Aquatics Centre, scene of Tom Daley’s brilliant diving performance, with two swimming pools, a 25m diving pool, gym and creche.
10. David Beckham is our most famous son
Continuing the sporting theme, we just want you to know that David Beckham was born right here at Whipps Cross hospital, Leytonstone. Other famous Leytonstoners include Jonathan Ross, Derek Jacobi, cricketer Graham Gooch was born here and both Tony Robinson & David Bailey grew up here. So, will you raise the next generation of footballers or filmstars right here?