The latest London Living feature on the East Village’s neighbouring towns and boroughs has our eye firmly focused on Leytonstone.
David Beckham, Sir Alfred Hitchcock and Damon Albarn are just a few of the illustrious figures born and bred in the East London town.
Thanks to Leigh from Leytonstone Today for this image.
In the heart of one of London’s Olympic boroughs, Waltham Forest, Leytonstone showcases a strong mix of chain stores and small, family-run shops with a flurry of historic pubs and modern bars. Aptly bridging the Essex borders of Epping and Woodford with the City’s Liverpool Street and Tower Bridge, this small-knit, traditionally working class area is still revelling from ‘Olympic effect’, and has finally earned its place as an ‘up-and-coming’ hotspot. Here’s our pick of the Leytonstone landmarks all visitors simply must see.
When your thirst is in need of quenching, the Red Lion pub in the centre of town provides a warm welcome and plenty of knees-up spirit. Zulu’s, Luther’s and The Robin Hood are among the flurry of previous names in this legendary pub’s two hundred year past, but the current set-up has been a hit with locals and looks here to stay. Combining a range of decent pub grub with high ceilings, large windows and comfy sofas, this is a place to settle down in for the day. That’s not to say they don’t know how to throw a party – head down on Friday nights, when a DJ spins crowd pleasers, or come and nurse your hangover with live music on Sundays.
Horizon Patisserie & Viennoiserie
A place for relaxing, gossiping and blowing the diet, Horizon is the most popular café in the area. On Leytonstone High Road, the cosy little spot serves delicious cakes and creamy lattes in an airy and light setting, delivering a slice of Vienna in the East end. Perfect satisfaction for the sweet-toothed.
The best Turkish cuisine in London is normally found in the Northern reaches of the capital but The Olive restaurant, after only two years of service, has proved to be a worthy challenger for fine Mediterranean and mezze gastronomy. Barely a stone’ s throw from Leytonstone Underground station, its friendly, family-run atmosphere is the perfect setting for family celebrations or just a chilled evening out. With something for everyone, the grub is suitable for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, delivering everything from authentic bistro bites to the full Mediterranean feast.
Living in Leytonstone isn’t all about drinking and eating; there are also plenty of green spaces to do some exercise or perhaps take the dog for a walk. Throughout the year, this playing field is home to many of East London’s amateur footballers, model flying clubs, horse riders, cyclists and picnicking families.
Stretched between Leytonstone and neighbouring Wanstead and Forest Gate, the playing fields regularly have a 5km weekly park run for runners; with a fantastic socialising opportunity to meet and talk to other locals, enjoy the beautiful park and burn off the calories from all that beer and cake…