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Living in Chigwell

The East London Suburb Charles Dickens Referred To as “The Greatest Place in the World”and… the Home of Alan Sugar

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To be completely truthful, Charles Dickens also described Chigwell as “an out-of-the-way rural place”. However, that part didn’t make the title since it certainly isn’t true anymore. Chigwell is now a quintessential suburban haven with great access to Central London. A perfect mix between lush greenery and historic and lavish properties with modern amenities. All topped off with two Central Line Underground stations that will take you to Liverpool Street in 35 minutes and Stratford in 25. And let’s not forget the Staplefordairfield where you can land your private jet or charter one if your budget is not there yet.

Chigwell is defined by its historic charm, leafy streets, massive properties, and proximity to some of the best and largest green areas in Greater London. Bordering Epping Forest and sitting on the outskirts of Essex, it offers residents a wide range of contemporary amenities and has an exclusive character that other London areas could never match. In recent decades, the appeal of this suburban town has increased dramatically, and property prices have gone up with it. With reality TV and icons accelerating its celebrity status, Chigwell is a secluded yet accessible area everyone seems to want to live in.

Chigwell estate agents are unsurprised to see that average home prices in the area have soared. They notice first-hand how buyers, investors, and renters alike are lining up to capitalize on the area’s growing popularity. Far from its rural and humble farming community beginnings, Chigwell is now known for its glamour, influence, and prestige, and more and more young families, entrepreneurs, and city professionals working in London’s business districts are moving in to shape this area’s future.

About the Area – Chigwell

Chigwell is located near the northern boundary of Greater London, in the Epping Forest district of Essex, and offers the best of both worlds. Its rural tranquillity and great access into Central London, tree-lined streets, and mini-mansions make it perfect for families and professionals looking for peace and quiet. Its historical feel is coupled with the exclusive and expensive character of the luxurious properties and lush gardens built or revamped here in recent years. Private schools, golf courses, an old village centre, and Ye Olde King’s Head complete Chigwell’s image of perfection.

South Woodford is a part of Essex and sits very close to Epping Forest. It offers a vast range of properties and amenities like chain stores or charming independent shops to its residents. On top of that, traditional pubs and restaurants are peppered throughout the area, alongside locales offering international cuisine and drinks. It even has a local cinema. All in all, South Woodford offers everything you’ll ever need to never worry about a dull moment.

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London Underground – Central Line

  • Chigwell
  • Grange Hill


London City Airport – 30 minutes by car

Chigwell – Know the Area

Chigwell may have a rural feel, but it certainly does not lack modern amenities. Especially around the Chigwell Underground station, residents can find pretty much anything they set their minds to. From local shops to beauty salons, coffee shops, and restaurants, the area has it all. However, its proximity to hundreds of acres of forest park and nature reserves is probably highest on the list of amenities. Outdoor enthusiasts have no shortage of amazing activities to choose from for their leisure time. Playing fields, play areas, horse riding, golf, nature walks. You want it, Chigwell has it. Our Chigwell estate agents recommend these as the most popular attractions in the area:



  • Epping Forest – a 2,400-hectare green wonderland, sitting between London and Essex, that was formerly a royal forest and is now part Site of Special Scientific Interest, part Special Area of Conservation, part forest park
  • Hainault Forest Country Park – a wide green space with many walking trails and an adventure play area, also including a zoo and fishing lake
  • Roding Valley Park – a 160-acre green area carved out by the River Roding, a great setting for many activities such as nature walking and cycling, as well as admiring wildlife
  • Fairlop Waters Country Park – a vast parkland featuring many outdoor activities such as golf courses, a driving range, a lake where you can practice windsurfing and sailing or angling, nature trails, a wildlife sanctuary, as well as the High Ropes and Climbing facility- the largest boulder park in the UK
  • Woolston Manor Golf Course & Country Club – an 18-hole golf course with wonderful views of the river also hosting events and golfing lessons plus a pro shop
  • David Lloyd Leisure Centre – located right off Roding Road, this sports centre has amazing facilities like indoor/outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools, and a gym
  • Topgolf Playing Centre – a deluxe golfing centre with over 50 hitting bays over two floors, a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as a private event space
  • Chigwell Golf Club – an exclusive 18-hole and par 71 parkland golf course and member clubhouse dating back to 1925
  • Stapleford Airfield – a privately owned airfield where you can land your private jet, charter one, take flight lessons, and book sightseeing flights
  • Ye Olde King’s Head – now a Turkish restaurant operated by Lord Alan Sugar, this old pub building is said to be what inspired Charles Dickens’ Maypole Inn from Barnaby Rudge



Chigwell’s property market offers a lot of variety. Luxury mansions, Georgian houses, as well as apartment developments are all available for buyers and renters. Depending on budget, you can find semi-detached and detached homes dating as far back as the early 1900s or new builds with modern amenities like swimming pools and large gardens.

Forest Lane has the most impressive and grand houses in Chigwell, as does Manor Road. High Road is also a popular area for period homes, large mansions, as well as newer and older apartment buildings. For luxury apartments, you can check out the area around Grange Hill station.


With the ancient Epping Forest on its doorstep and minutes from Hainault Country Park and Roding Valley, Chigwell is the epitome of a green residential neighbourhood. These country parks and nature reserves offer endless possibilities for outdoor fun, practicing sports, or simply enjoying being in the midst of hundreds of acres of forest land.

No matter if you are into horse riding, fishing, orienteering, angling, cricket, golf, or nature walks, you will definitely find it in Chigwell.

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Chigwell’s population is made up of 12,987 residents according to the most recent data provided by the 2011 Census. The average age of Chigwell residents has gone down dramatically since the area’s popularity has increased among younger families and professionals.


The area around Chigwell tube station is where you will find the majority of shopping options in Chigwell. High Street is also where most bars and restaurants are located. You can find many designer boutiques alongside chain stores and services such as hairdressers or laundry shops here.

As for restaurants and pubs, choices are endless. From gastropubs to quaint cafes and from street food to glamorous restaurants, they are all there.


Chigwell Property Prices

Mostly known for its lavish properties, Chigwell also has many options for flats and period properties. Spacious Georgian homes are peppered throughout the area, as are apartment buildings ranging from 1930s builds to contemporary condos. Of course, we can’t forget the grand houses with up to 7 bedrooms and modern amenities. There’s a property type for everyone in Chigwell and its tree-lined streetsoffer tranquillity and peace. It’s the ideal location for young families and professionals commuting into Central London. Property prices are on the rise, but good options can still be found at attractive prices.Our Chigwell estate agents encourage investments in the area as they promise to deliver good yields.

Here are the average property prices you can expect to find in Chigwell:

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Average Weekly Rental Prices

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Average Sale Prices

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New Developments in the Area

Apart from traditional properties, Chigwell is also home to luxury developments such as the ones found around Hainault Road or High Road.Modern apartment buildings are popping up to satisfy the taste for contemporary amenities of home buyers and renters alike. Most developments offer underground parking, large balconies, and community amenities such as gyms or swimming pools.

The area around Chigwell’s second Tube station, Grange Hill, is also a good place to scout for new developments with luxury apartments, great views, and a wide array of amenities. Apart from apartment buildings, you can also find detached homes around Chigwell’s High Road. One such project is Chigwell Village, a gated estate with 43 four-and five-bedroom homes.

Schools in Chigwell

There are a number of good schools in Chigwell, such as:

  • Chigwell Independent School
  • Chigwell Row Infant School
  • West Hatch High School
  • Wells Park School
  • Chigwell School of TKD
  • St Johns RC Special School
  • Bright Horizons Chigwell Day Nursery and Preschool
  • Chigwell Primary Academy
  • Chigwell Primary School
  • NAS Chigwell
  • Coppice Primary School
  • Chigwell and Hainault Nursery
  • Manford Primary School
  • Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College


There are several good hospitals and medical facilities available in and around Chigwell. Here is a shortlist of available medical units:

Silverthorne Medical Centre
  • Woodford Health Centre
  • 118-122 High Rd, South Woodford, London E182QS, United Kingdom
  • +443003001655
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Holly House hospital
Chigwell Medical Centre

Best Areas in Chigwell for Your Property Search

Forest Laneis Chigwell’s most desirable location. It has luxurious mansions with large gardens and modern amenities. Prices are also the highest in the area. So, you’ll need a sizable budget to access these properties.

Chigwell High Street and Stradbroke Drive also have large and lavish four- and five-bedroom houses with garages and private gardens.

Manor Road is another great area to look for detached properties, as well as exclusive apartment buildings with amenities such as indoor swimming pools, cinemas, and private gardens.

InHainault Road, you can find large detached and semi-detached homes with extensive gardens, as well as modern developments and period cottages.

The Courtland Estate is the most popular area for young families and features three- to five-bedroom homes in mock Tudor style.

The Bowls is the best place to look for more budget-friendly one-, two- and three-bedroom flats.

Close to the Tube stations and Hainault Road is where you will find most new developments in Chigwell. Gated apartment blocks with parking and communal gardens are great for young professionals commuting to the business districts looking for low-maintenance properties.

Central Chigwell has smaller and less expensive detached and semi-detached homes and maisonettes or flats ranging from one to four bedrooms.

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6 Reasons to Choose to Live in Chigwell

Chigwell’s most attractive amenities are:

  • Its large selection of properties that can fit any budget
  • Short commutes into the City via two Central Line stations
  • Its historical and elitist vibe
  • Tranquil and peaceful suburban atmosphere
  • Good public and private schools and plenty of green areas for families

Numerous bars, restaurants, and shops.

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Chigwell Commute Times

Canary Wharf

Distance:10.7 miles

By public transport: 50 minutes

By car: 30 minutes

By bike: 60 minutes

Liverpool Street Station

Distance: 11.5 miles

By public transport: 30 minutes

By car: 45 minutes


Distance: 7.6 miles

By public transport: 25 minutes

By car: 25 minutes

By bike: 40 minutes

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Chigwell Restaurants

  • Sheesh Restaurant
  • Casa Pipino
  • Chigwell King Kebab & Pizza
  • Jaipur of Chigwell
  • The Hive Cafe & Grocery
  • Papillon Chigwell
  • The King William IV
  • Indian Ocean
  • The Two Brewers
  • Eatalian Woodford/Chigwell
  • Soiree
  • Manor
  • Miller & Carter Chigwell
  • Mooro’s Family Restaurant
  • Gosht
  • Chigwell Fish Bar
  • The Queens Rooms Steakhouse / Cafe/ Wine Bar
  • Mezze Restaurant
  • Capricho
  • Tandoor At The Chambers

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