With a team of estate agents all resident in the local area, we’re pretty confident that you’ll love living in Leyton, and with growing demand for homes in this area, there’s something for every type of buyer – take a look at our Leyton area guide for the local lowdown.
As one of the East London districts starting to really benefit from regeneration over recent years, Leyton lies between Walthamstow and Leytonstone, and encompasses the E10, E15 and E20 postcodes. While hard to pin down in terms of a specific ‘vibe’, the young families that have chosen to call this lovely suburb home have driven some key developments in the area’s offerings, along with an influx of boutique and independent stores that have added to the positive energy in and around Leyton.
When it comes to property in Leyton, there’s a mix of old and new, with a large spread of terraced houses built in the late 19th and early 20th century and some more modern developments – with properties available for both sale and rent.
For celebrity fact fans, Leyton has given rise to several stars over the years, including heavy metal band Iron Maiden, presenter and writer Frank Muir, pianist and actor Bobby Crush, premiership footballer Curtis Davies and the creator of the famous London Underground map, Harry Beck.
With nearby Epping Forest, the local Leyton Orient football club (heavily supported by musical maestro Andrew Lloyd Webber) and a range of things to keep you busy, there are lots of reasons to enjoy living in Leyton – so let’s take a closer look…
Schools in Leyton
If you’re moving into the area with a family or planning on starting one, you’ll be particularly interested in the schools in Leyton – in fact, even if you’re not then it’s a good idea to consider this aspect of the local area anyway.
Because the availability of good schools in an area has a crucial impact on the housing market, and therefore prices, which can make all the difference when the time comes to sell up, ready for your next move.
We’re pleased to say that Leyton has a range of highly-regarded and in-demand schools across all age groups to ensure that your children have access to a great standard of education, and that your property has some additional appeal for future buyers.
Here’s a list of schools in Leyton and surrounding areas - all reachable by foot, car or bus - plus their most recent Ofsted ratings.
Primary schools in Leyton
- Riverley Primary School – Outstanding
- Willow Brook Primary School – Outstanding
- Newport Primary School – Outstanding
- Dawlish Primary School – Good
Secondary schools in Leyton
- George Mitchell School – Good
- Connaught School for Girls – Good (in nearby Leytonstone)
- Norlington School for Boys – Good
There’s also a SEHM school in Leyton called Belmont Park.
You can see all the local schools on our map to help you pick the perfect property.
Getting around - transport in Leyton
There are lots of great options when it comes to transport in Leyton, which is useful for both work and play! In the same way that schools effect property demand and prices, good transport links are also a primary factor – especially for those who work in central London but prefer the slightly more relaxed atmosphere of East End suburbia.
Transport in Leyton is both regular and reliable, so even if you don’t drive or choose not to have a car, you’ll still be able to reach all the London highlights and local offerings – just another reason that makes living in Leyton pretty appealing.
Bisected in part by the A12 and mostly lying north-west of this M11 link road, you can quickly head out of Leyton by car, with the M25 in near reach to take you anywhere you need to go.
Tube, rail and bus
Leyton tube station is located in Zone 3 and runs on the Central Line of the London Underground. Not only does this offer real commuter convenience, it also means that Leyton residents can head out for a night in the bright lights of the city on a Friday or Saturday and grab the Night Tube back home.
Here’s a selection of travel times for the most popular journeys from Leyton tube station:
- Epping Station – 25 minutes
- Stratford Station – 2 minutes
- Liverpool Street – 14 minutes
- Oxford Circus – 23 minutes
- Holland Park – 34 minutes
- Ealing Broadway – 50 minutes
In addition to the tube, Leyton also has its own London Overground station – with the route affectionately known by locals as the GoBlin, so called because it runs from Gospel Oak to Barking. During peak hours, trains call at Leyton four times per hour for travel in both directions.
Leyton is also served by a local bus station, located right next to the tube station, with services including:
- 58 to Walthamstow
- 69 to Canning Town
- 158 to Stratford
- W14 to Cross Road
- W15 to Hackney
- N26 – night bus to Charing Cross Station/Trafalgar Square
For keen cyclists, Leyton residents also benefit from the London Cycle Network Route 9. This allows access to the heart of London via Hackney and Shoreditch, from Lea Bridge Road.
Parks and green spaces
One of the best things about living in Leyton is the mix it offers between city life and a more relaxed pace thanks to plenty of green spaces where you can exercise, socialise, walk the dog (or kids!) or enjoy a picnic in the summer sun.
Being in close proximity to parks and green spaces has always been a bonus for homebuyers in the London area – and as new developments continue to spring up and they become harder to find on the fringes of the capital, buying a property close to these essential spaces will only add more appeal and value.
Buying a property in Leyton will ensure you have a great selection of parks and outdoor spaces to enjoy, such as the fantastic Abbots Park, which covers 1.67 hectares and features a range of play equipment for different age groups, picnic tables, tennis courts and table tennis plus a large area for ball games and other sports.
You’ll also have easy access to the following parks and playgrounds:
Another benefit of living in Leyton is that you’re also right on the edge of amazing Epping Forest – giving you approximately 6,000 acres of natural beauty to explore!
Events and activities in Leyton
Leyton has plenty to do as you would expect from any London suburb, with one of the main attractions being Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – which is so big it also spans across several neighbouring areas too! The park is a hotbed of activity, hosting various events throughout the year including concerts, fêtes, sports and festivals.
Leyton Great Hall is a popular East End spot too – a Grade II listed building that plays home to a variety of concerts, cabarets and theatrical performances, while for sporting fans, there are regular matches at Leyton Orient FC , a cricket and hockey club and the Lee Valley Regional Park with its indoor velodrome and outdoor BMX track.
If you enjoy delving into the past, Leyton has its own Historical Society, and arts and work space Narrow Yard often holds events such as exhibitions and pop-up shops promoting local artists and designers.
There’s also Leyton Cross Social Club, Leyton Library and a range of other societies and events held at various locations across the town.
Shopping, pubs and restaurants
The Leyton area is packed full of places to eat, drink and shop – so you can socialise and get most of your supplies locally or in nearby Leytonstone.
With Leyton Mills Retail Park on your doorstep, you have easy access to high street favourites such as Next, Currys/PC World, TK Maxx, Sports Direct and B&Q to name but a few. A stroll along the High Road or Lea Bridge Road area will cater for all your usual, day-to-day needs, with a mix of express stores and independent shops stocking all the basics you need and some nice treats too!
There’s an Asda and Tescos for your big supermarket shops and New Spitalfields Market which is open every day for all your fresh fruit and veg.
For making merry, you can try some of the local pubs and bars:
Or to save cooking with a nice meal out, try one of these lovely local restaurants:
Essentially, whatever your culinary tastes or the type of atmosphere you like to relax and socialise, Leyton will have something to suit you!
Your personal, local Leyton area guide
As you can see, there’s plenty to love about Leyton – there’s always something to keep you occupied, there’s a good mix of property to choose from and you have London just a short trip away. Sounds pretty perfect, right?!
If you’re thinking of living in Leyton but you’re not familiar with this part of the East End, our Leyton area guide is a good starting point to introduce you to this spectacular suburb – and as experienced local estate agents, our team are always on hand to help you find your ideal property in Leyton or to provide you with any further information you require about the area.