Up-and-coming Leyton, located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, is becoming more of a focal point as attention shifts to the East of London. Located nearby to the well-known areas of Walthamstow and Stratford there is an increasing interest in Leyton due to property being cheaper and more affordable than its neighbours.
Known for being multicultural in terms of residents this is reflected throughout local shops and eateries. Becoming more cosmopolitan has made Leyton an exciting and diverse area to live, bringing together an array of choice from food to clothing.
Galliard Homes is known for helping regenerate areas to reach their full potential and Leyton is no exception to this.
The new development of Church Road will house 38 highly-specified one, two and three bedroom apartments along with two luxurious three bedroom townhouses. All will include a private balcony, terrace or garden area except the townhouses which will have their own private gardens and a second floor terrace space. Being only a 15 minute walk from Lea Bridge station means residents will have direct links to Stratford city in just eight minutes.
History of Leyton
Initially Leyton was considered as part of Essex and it wasn’t until 1965 that Leyton officially became part of London. Originally known as ‘Low Leyton’ due to part of it laying low by the River Lea, in 1921 the ‘low’ was removed becoming the Leyton we know today.
Places of Interest
Just a nine minute drive from Leyton is the renowned Westfield, Stratford. The third-largest shopping centre in the United Kingdom has approximately 280 shops, from high-end brands such as Mulberry to well-known high street brands like Topshop. The perfect way to end a hard days shopping is with a meal at one of the 70 places to eat here, you’ll be spoilt for choice! That’s not all; Westfield features a Vue Cinema with 12 all-digital screens, as well as All Star Lanes for a luxury bowling experience.
The convenience of being so close to such a large shopping centre means having hundreds of brands on your doorstep. Leyton is situated the perfect distance; close enough to get to for those last minute buys, yet not too close to be affected by the influx of shoppers.
For the latest concerts and events, the O2 Arena is just 15 minutes away via train. Not only can a wide variety of artists be seen here but delve into your adventurous side and try Up at the O2, where you can climb to the top and take in London’s breathtaking skyline. Alternatively, enjoy the 360 degree views from the Emirates Airline, taking a total of 10 minutes and found just outside the O2 Arena.
Food and Drink
Due to its multicultural origins Leyton has a number of restaurants offering various cuisines to try. One thing that won’t be hard to find here is good food, the only hard decision that may be encountered would be which one! Below is just a few of the area’s great tasty restaurants to try.
Full of flavour and infused with mouth-watering spices, Sahara Grill has got something delicious for everyone and all of their food is halal. From chicken to fish, all of the food is seasoned with a special blend of spices using their signature Sahara Grill combination. Be sure to try out the ‘Sahara Lamb Chops’ bursting with flavour and punching a fair kick, the tender meat melts in your mouth and will leave you wanting more.
If you’re looking for tasty peri peri chicken then Five Lads is the place to stop. Their flame-grilled blend of spices will hit every part of your taste buds. Better yet it doesn’t stop at chicken, a selection of delicious burgers are available – whether it be lamb, beef or even chicken – they’ve got it covered.
With Lebanese origin this halal restaurant brings classic Middle-Eastern flavours to East London. Named after their most popular dish, Shawarma offers a variety of succulent meat and vegetarian dishes. ‘Shawarma’ is a combination of tasty chicken, vegetables and sauce, wrapped together in pita bread - something not to miss.
Where Portugal meets London, prepared using only the best ingredients and combined with their passion for food, this restaurant offers an authentic menu. As you enter you’ll be greeted with a warm and friendly atmosphere, mix this with the great tasting food and you’re in for a treat. This family-run restaurant makes you forget you’re in East London from the moment you step inside especially as the menu is in Portuguese as well as English. From traditional stews to a selection of fish, choosing which delicious dish to have might be tricky.
Located inside the local Leyton Star and the winner of the best Buffalo wings, We Serve Humans offers a selection of great tasting food. London’s Wing Fest saw their ‘BUFFHELOO’ wings win the judge’s choice award, consisting of buttermilk chicken with their signature hot sauce - this one is not for the faint-hearted. If you fancy something different there is also a wide selection of burgers to choose from.
Located on Leyton High Road, this rejuvenated venue has become a hit with locals. With interiors designed by Hackney-based artist Lady Ray, the atmosphere here is both stylish and contemporary. As well as offering an abundant selection of wines, cask ales and lagers, customers can enjoy two-for-one cocktails on Thursday nights. Various entertainment includes televised live football matches and the beer garden which is perfect for the summer. Or why not try the monthly tasting session and cocktail masterclass? See if you have what it takes to be the next mixologist!
Situated in Leyton’s Great Hall with many of its original features restored, the exterior of this historic building will entice you in whilst the atmosphere and drinks will make you want to stay. Open till late on Fridays and Saturdays, guest DJ’s make the night perfect for a weekend hangout with your friends. If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, grab a drink on Wednesday and join in the pub quiz and test your knowledge.
When in Leyton, the Coronation Gardens Park is the place to visit for a choice of things to do. Built in 1902 to commemorate the Coronation of King Edward VIII this park not only has a lot to see but a historical presence. To relax, take a stroll around the ornamental gardens and stop by the fountain and pond. The bandstand, located in the gardens, can be booked for activities and stages everything from jazz bands and orchestras to dance groups and exhibitions.
Every Saturday until December the Coronation Garden Parks will see host to Leyton’s Food Market from 9am to 5pm. This family-friendly event predominately offers food and drinks from around the world but also hosts live performances in the bandstand as well as art and craft stalls. Some of the hot foods available include Vietnamese street food, artisan pizzas and Middle Eastern falafel.
The Jubilee Park in Leyton is an ideal place for families to access leisure facilities. The park has a remarkable pirate ship for children aged three upwards to enjoy and get stuck into. Alternatively, there is also an outdoor gym, natural play equipment, football pitches and wildlife areas to keep children entertained. In 2018, new and improved facilities will arrive at the park, the expansion will include, a weather football pitch, beach volleyball court and enhancements to Ive Farm.
The iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is just a six minute drive from Leyton. Host of the 2012 Olympic Games, this park is free to visit any day of the week and has an endless list of experiences and sights to see. Watch international sports tournaments or explore your arty side and discover hidden artworks spread out around the park. Take a break along the canal with a guided boat tour and discover the numerous little-known facts surrounding the park’s history. With more than just attractions to offer, there is a selection of café’s around the park as well as juice shops and restaurants.
There is also the ArcelorMittal Orbit which is one of London’s most exciting attractions featuring a 178m slide – the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide! Due to high demand this is something that should be booked prior to visiting.
Newport Primary School has been awarded an “outstanding” Ofsted rating along with Chobham Academy in the Olympic Park in Stratford. The majority of other schools in the area have been judged as “good” by Ofsted.
Leyton Sixth Form College was awarded the “Gold Champion status of Investors in People” award in 2014 and had a 99% A-Level pass rate in 2017.
Lea Bridge, located just a 15 minute walk from our Church Road development has quick links to various stations including Stratford in 8 minutes. From Stratford, TFL Rail, Central and Jubilee lines, the DLR, and London Overground services can be accessed. London City Airport is a little over 20 minute journey away from Lea Bridge via train. For more destinations, Tottenham Hale, a seven minute journey from Lea Bridge station, has access to the Stansted Express service.
Key destinations from Leyton station include Liverpool Street in 12 minutes as well as Bank Monument Station in 13 minutes. Walthamstow Central also has direct links to the Victoria line.