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Living in Barkingside

A Revived Urban Centre Perfect for Nature Lovers and Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Barkingside is a suburban town in the London Borough of Redbridge. It offers all the perks of suburban living and ample green spaces within a few miles of Central London. It is a dynamic, ethnically diverse community very invested in regenerating and reinventing this lesser-known area of East London.


Offering great access to public transport and links to the City Centre and all of London’s major districts, Barkingside also has a great housing stock at affordable prices, plenty of parks and recreation grounds, as well as a wide variety of shopping and dining options. There is also no shortage of good schools and medical care units in the area. Barkingside is, therefore, ideal for young families looking for an energetic neighbourhood to call their home.

About the Area – Barkingside Guide

The suburban town of Barkingside sits 3 miles north of Ilford Town. Before being included in the Borough of Redbridge in 1965, Barkingside was a part of the county of Essex. Its history is marked by the Holy Trinity Church set up in 1840 and the Barnardo chapel and Barnardo children’s charity founded in 1866. It hosts an Underground station in a former Edwardian railway station site and has a large Jewish population.


The urban development of the area was accelerated by the arrival of the Great Eastern Railway in 1903. The current Barkingside Tube station was inaugurated then as part of the GER branch line running from Woodford to Ilford via Hainault. It was shut down temporarily due to World War I from May 1916 until July 1919. Following the 1921 Railways Act, the Great Eastern Railway became part of the London & North Eastern Railway and part of the Central Line in 1948.


One of the upsides of living in Barkingside is taking advantage of its suburban feel and ample green areas while still being less than an hour away from Charing Cross. Easy access via the Central Line will take you directly to Tottenham Court Road station in 45 minutes. London City Airport, Poplar, and Canary Wharf are also accessible by Central Line to Stratford and then connection via DLR.


The Barkingside housing stock is mostly made up of interwar 1930s homes, with some Victorian and Edwardian, as well as modern properties available too. The area boasts many local shops and eateries where locals enjoy spending their leisure time and it is close to the Stafford Shopping Centre and the Ilford Retail Park. Westfield Stratford City – the largest mall in Europe is just a 30-minute commute via the Underground Central Line.


Parks and recreation grounds are widely available in Barkingside, with Fairlop Waters Country Park and Barkingside Recreation Ground offering many options for sporting and leisure activities.

arking Line to serve the project’s transport needs.

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TUBE – Central Line stations

  • Fairlop
  • Barkingside
  • Newbury Park


128, 150, 167, 169, 247, 275, 462 and N8


London Airport – 25 minutes by car

Barkingside – Know the Area

Barkingside has many outdoor adventure options for sports enthusiasts and plenty of recreation grounds. There is also a great range of local restaurants, cafes, and pubs, as well as retail opportunities. Our Barkingside estate agents recommend these as the most popular attractions in Barkingside:


Fairlop Waters Country Park – an amazing area filled with outdoor facilities such as 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses, a floodlit driving range, windsurfing & sailing lake and angling, pathways, as well as wildlife sanctuary. The park also hosts a large function hall/meeting room, bar and restaurant and a small function room for hire, and the High Ropes and Climbing facility, the largest boulder park in the UK as well as a large natural play area for younger visitors.

Barkingside Recreation Ground – easily accessible for all Barkingside residents, on Barkingside High Street, this park offers cricket and football pitches, play areas, tennis courts, and an outdoor gym.

Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre – a sports centre dating back to 1972 with numerous facilities such as squash, table tennis, badminton and tennis (indoor and outdoor), a fully equipped gym, aerobics, salsa, pilates studios, steam room, sauna, hockey, soccer and cricket pitches, tai chi, kung-fu, karate and thai/kick boxing, ballet for kids.

Redbridge Cycling Centre – a well-known facility for cyclist enthusiasts with road, BMX & off-road tracks and a large stock of hire bikes, as well as cycle coaching for groups and individuals.

Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre – a large sports complex including a 25m swimming pool with diving boards, modern gym, and aerobics classes.

Fullwell Cross Library – a 50-year old town centre landmark, with a distinctive circular shape and a raised dome roof studded with 16-sided huge clerestory windows and finished in green copper designed by the renowned modernist architect, Sir Fredrick Gibberd.

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Most properties in Barkingside are built around 1930 and have an interwar style. There are also a few modern buildings and some Victorian and Edwardian properties.


Green spaces are widely available in Barkingside, with the Barkingside Recreation Ground, the Fairlop Waters Country Park, as well as several pocket parks offering residents plenty of outdoor activities

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According to the 2011 Census, Barkingside has a population of just over 12,500. The community is made up of Jewish, Hindus, Christian, and Muslim residents. Many young professionals have moved to the area to enjoy its suburban feel while still benefitting from a reasonable commute to the City Centre.


Shopping in Barkingside is concentrated along the revived High Street and there are numerous local shops, as well as larger retailer shops and international brands available to Barkingside residents.

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Barkingside Property Prices 

Barkingside is ideal for young families and young professionals and offers great deals for first-time buyers. Its housing stock is made up of older properties, out of which some are renovated and some require an update. Prices in the area are reasonable, and spaces are larger than Central London.

Average sale prices for properties in the Barkingside area are around £240,000 and average rental prices are around £275/week.

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New Developments in the Area

New builds have become the new rule for Barking housing. With so many developments that are either finalized, in progress, or undergoing design, Barking will not disappoint in terms of its stock of new homes. Here is a shortlist of Barking’s new residential projects:


  • Barking Riverside – 10,800 new homes on 443 acres along the banks of the River Thames. Residential units vary in size and shape and the project also includes 65,000 square metres of commercial space for shopping, restaurants, cafés, community and leisure facilities, healthcare and schools
  • Gascoigne West – a modern project featuring 850 new homes to be built in three development phases. The first phase is to be delivered in 2022 and comprises 200 residential units
  • Barking Central – one of the most raved-about revitalization projects in London comprises 500 flats in 7 buildings and a Learning Centre, a 66-bed hotel, 9 retail units, a café, and a new town square.

Schools in Barkingside

Young families have very good options for schools in Barkingside. Here is a shortlist of the most well-ranked schools in Barkingside:

  • Avanti Court Primary School
  • Clore Tikva School
  • Fullwood Primary School
  • Caterham School
  • New Rush Hall School
  • St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School
  • Valentines High School
  • Beal High School
  • Clayhall Nursery and Pre-School
  • Gilbert Colvin Primary School
  • Mossford Green Primary School
  • Kantor King Solomon High School
  • Ilford County High School
  • Ilford Jewish Primary School
  • Redbridge Alternative Provision
  • Fairlop Primary School
  • Atam Academy
  • Seven Kings School
  • Oaks Park Secondary School


Residents of Barkingside benefit from a wide range of medical care units and facilities that are easily accessible. Here are some of the hospitals and medical facilities around Barkingside:

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  • North East London NHS Treatment Centre, King George Hospital
  • Barley Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG3 8YB
  • +443333211914
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Barkingside Regeneration

Barkingside High Street benefitted from multi-million-pound investments made by London authorities for its regeneration.

The plans put in place by the office of the Mayor of London and Redbridge Council revamped the Fullwell Cross Library and leisure centre located at the end of High Street. Investments included the creation of a new public square in front of the leisure centre and new pedestrian routes.

Massive investments were also made toward improving shopfronts. Sums of up to £100,000 were allocated for these investments, as well as up to £50,000 for the new town square public art.

The regeneration scheme also included the revival of the annual Fairlop Fair at Fairlop Waters Country Park. This community event attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy traditional games, live music and dance, pet shows, fortune tellers, and fire-eaters. The local community also celebrates Light Night, when the town square is decorated with colourful lighting and filled with food vendors, live music, and an open-air cinema.

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Fun Activities in Barkingside

Barkingside is loved by residents for offering amazing country walks and water sport activities only 30 minutes from Central London. For cycling enthusiasts, Redbridge’s cycling centre has a Cycling Club that organizes events on Saturdays and Sundays and there are also plenty of bike tracks and bike hire amenities.

For water sports fans, the Fairlop Rowing Club hosts a wide range of water activities such as sailing, canoeing, or angling.

Residents can enjoy a wide range of pubs and restaurants in and around Barkingside. The Two Brewers pub in Chigwell is very popular, as is Sheesh, a locale with a heated outdoor terrace that you can enjoy year-round.

Capricho Portuguese Kitchen offers great meals and authentic dining experiences in the heart of Barkingside and Yosi’s Kitchen is very popular with Barkingside residents for Saturday night fun.

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Fairlop Waters Country Park Activities

The Fairlop Waters Country Park is a great place to spend the weekend in Barkingside. They host a large number of weekly activities that take place around the park grounds and cater to the needs and likes of young and older visitors.

You can try your hand at sailing or try out the popular buggy fitness program. Regular activities also include the Walking for Health Group meets, which are popular with joggers and walkers in the area.

Orienteering is another sport you can try if you enjoy running and walking. You can get your map for £1 from the Bar at Fairlop Waters or from the Fairlop Outdoor Activity Centre. Orienteering is great if you want to improve your navigation skills and it offers great outdoor fun for the entire family.

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Fairlop Waters Country Park Facilities

The Fairlop Waters Country Park also hosts the UK’s largest boulder park. You can find it near the park lake. It is made up of 9 individual boulders built from sprayed and carved concrete that you can climb on and practice bouldering and traversing. They come in various heights and shapes and are great fun for beginners to experts alike. There is also a High Ropes and Climbing facility with activities suitable for all ages.

If you enjoy golfing, the Fairlop Water Country Park has a 9-hole and an 18-hole golf course that cater to novices and golfing specialists. There are also windsurfing & sailing courses available on the lake regularly. If you want to enjoy some quiet time, there are plenty of accessible pathways you can walk on year-round, as well as a network of natural routes that you can access to observe the local wildlife.

The Country Park hosts weddings and civil ceremonies, as well.

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