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Living Leyton

An Accessible London Neighbourhood Surrounded by Lush Green Spaces

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Leyton has a lot of perks to offer residents. It is easily accessible, affordable, and has an abundance of parks and nature reserves on its doorstep. Young professionals will appreciate the good transport links and short commutes to the city centre and financial districts it offers. Students are attracted to its proximity to the London borough University of London. And, on top of it all, everyone will be thrilled to live in such close vicinity to the largest shopping mall in Europe, Westfield Stratford City.

Minutes away from the Queen Elizabeth Park that hosted the 2012 Olympic Games, Leyton also includes large green areas of public parks, nature reserves, and marshland. It is a quiet, intimate, mostly residential area with period homes, as well as new, more modern housing estates. Young families and more and more young professionals are queuing up to take advantage of all the benefits it offers.

Leyton is served by the London Underground, the London Overground, and great cycling routes. It gives residents plenty of transport options and good access. You can get to Central London and Canary Wharf in only 40 minutes and to Stratford in 20 minutes. You are never far from the London scene if you live in Leyton.

About the Area – Leyton

Leyton is included in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It sits only 6.2 miles east of Charing Cross and is neighboured by Walthamstow, Stratford, and Lower Clapton. Its many parks and green areas include Leyton Flats, Hackney Marshes, the Walthamstow Wetlands, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as smaller parks like Leyton Jubilee or Lee Valley.

Residents of Leyton have numerous outdoor activities to keep them entertained and access to many fun events hosted here. From walking paths to jogging routes and sports activities like football, rugby, cricket, or cycling, Leyton is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. The area also hosts annual festivals such as the Shake the High Road music festival.

Affordable properties and short commutes make up a recipe any London resident wants a piece of. Leyton is an area that delivers on all that with a touch of tradition and charm, as well as modern innovation.

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Transportation

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Overground stations
Leyton Midland Road

Rail stations
Lea Bridge

AIRPORT
London City Airport – 25 minutes by car

Leyton – Know the Area

There is never a dull moment in Leyton. Unless you are looking for one. Even in that case, you will find plenty of quiet, pristine areas to satisfy your taste for peace and silence. However, if you are active and enjoy outdoor activities, Leyton has something to offer for everyone. From young children to adults, everyone can find a playground here. Our Leyton estate agents recommend these as the most popular attractions in the area:

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  • Lee Valley Ice Centre – an indoor ice skating rink large enough to host 800 people that offers open sessions and skating lessons, plus disco nights on Fridays and Saturdays
  • Lee Valley Riding Centre – a horse riding school with great trainers and facilities
  • Lee Valley VeloPark – an indoor velodrome with a capacity of 6,000 seats and an outdoor BMX racing track
  • The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – home to the London Aquatics Centre, the Copper Box Arena, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centres, and London Stadium
  • Hackney Marshes – 136 hectares of marshland and green open spaces with football, rugby, and cricket pitches
  • Leyton Jubilee Park – featuring green spaces, a pirate-themed playground, a café, and outdoor exercise and sports equipment
  • Leyton County Cricket Ground – a cricket pitch and pavilion, the former home of the Essex County Cricket Club
  • Leyton Flats Park – a very large open space with lush greenery, walking trails, and ponds
  • Leyton Leisure Centre – a fitness centre offering fun activities for the entire family, complete with a large gym and leisure pool
  • Brooks Farm – a great place to experience farm life in the heart of the city, with sheep, donkeys, ponies, goats, rabbits, and hens

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Architecture

The housing market in Leyton is made up of numerous Victorian and Edwardian homes, most featuring lovely bow-fronts. It also includes older apartment buildings and modern builds to suit the taste of young residents moving to Leyton from other London areas.

Renters and buyers can find many good options at affordable prices.

Parks

If there is one thing that says Leyton, its parks and green areas. There are plenty of things to do and many outdoor and sports activities to try here. From the Olympic Park to Leyton Flats and Hackney Marshes, Leyton offers wide green areas for all ages and preferences.

Leyton has plenty of fitness centres, cycling routes, walking paths, pools, and sports pitches.

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Shopping

Open-air markets, quaint local shops, superstores can all be found in Leyton. There is no lack of basic shopping options, as well as more high-end stores. Westfield Stratford City is also just minutes away, offering more than 250 shops and restaurants.

Leyton hosts many restaurants and pubs with local and international cuisine and drinks menus.

Population

Leyton hosts residents of many nationalities from Russia, North Africa, Portugal, and Italy. They make up the majority of 42,061 residents, almost half of which are under the age of 30.

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Average Property Prices

Leyton has grown in popularity in recent years due to its affordable properties and diverse housing market. More and more young families, young professionals, and creatives are flocking to this area to rent and buy homes. Leyton has properties with great value for money.

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

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New Developments in the Area

Homes in Leyton are diverse. There are Victorian and Edwardian properties, council flats, and also modern new builds available in the area.

Here is a shortlist of Leyton’s most recent new residential projects:

  • Motion – a joint venture project started by developer Hill and the Peabody housing association, with 300 studios and flats in six buildings of up to 18 storeys near Lea Bridge Road
  • Nest – a residential project comprising 61 flats in Dunedin Road developed by the housing association Newlon Living
  • Church Road- a project developed by Galliard Homes on the corner of Church Road, with 38 apartments with 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms, as well as two 3-bedroom townhouses
  • Ashby House – a residential project in Leyton High Road with 15 flats made up of 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms and three 2-bedroom houses
  • Liberty Court – a project offering apartments in Leyton High Road
  • Elizabeth Mews – a six home project in Coopers Lane

Schools in Leyton

Young families will easily find good schools for their young ones in Leyton. Here is a list of some of the most well-ranked schools in Leyton:

  • Newport Primary School
  • RiverleyPrimary School
  • Barclay Primary School
  • Connaught School
  • George Mitchell School
  • Leyton Sixth Form
  • Davies Lane Primary School
  • Willow Brook Primary School
  • NorlingtonSchool
  • Lammas School
  • Buxton School
  • Chobham Academy

Hospitals

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

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  • Barts Health NHS Trust Children’s hospital
  • The Royal Hospital, Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BB
  • +442073777000

Leyton’s History

Leyton’s name means “settlement on the River Lea” and until 1921 the area was known as Low Leyton.

In 1894, the Leyton parish was transformed into an Urban District within Essex. In 1926, it became a Municipal Borough and stayed that way until 1965 when it was included in Greater London and was combined with Walthamstow and Chingford to form the Borough of Waltham Forest.

High Road, the main road in Leyton is part of the ancient route to Waltham Abbey and ends at a crossroads with Lea Bridge Road and Hoe Street, in a junction known as Bakers Arms. It was a popular retirement area for wealthy merchants and bankers in the 1800 and 1900s.

Once the railway arrived at Lea Bridge Station in 1840 and Low Leyton in 1856, the area began its urban development. Although it was affected by Zeppelin raids in World War I, and the bombings of the London Docks in World War II, Leyton recovered and became a bustling urban industrial area. The industrial development of the area entered a period of decline after 1950, but its urban transformation was revived by the Olympic regeneration plans.

Following these developments, Leyton now has many parks and gardens, older buildings have been replaced by modern new builds, and storefronts on Leyton High Road have been restored as part of a £475,000 investment by the Waltham Forest Borough Council.

Leyton’s New Spitalfields Market

The New Spitalfields Market is one of the largest wholesale fruit, vegetable, and flower markets. It sits on a 31-acre site in Leyton and houses 115 trading units. The market features cold storage and ripening rooms, customer parking, and four buildings with self-contained units for catering supply companies.

New Spitalfields Market is one of Europe’s leading horticultural markets that specialize in the trade of exotic fruit and vegetables. It also has the largest revenue earnings of all the wholesale markets in the UK.

This location was built in 1990 to replace the old location of the Spitalfields Market in Bishopsgate and was inaugurated in May 1991.

Leyton Commute Times

Canary Wharf
Distance: 6.9 miles
By public transport: 45 minutes
By car: 25 minutes
By bike: 30 minutes

The City
Distance: 7.3 miles
By public transport: 35 minutes
By car: 45 minutes
By bike: 40 minutes

Westminster
Distance: 10 miles
By public transport: 50 minutes
By car: 50 minutes

Leyton Centre

Although it is hard to pinpoint Leyton’s centre, there are two main shopping areas here. Each of them is located at either end of Leyton High Road. Local shops are mostly found on and around Lea Bridge Road and larger retailers can be found at Leyton Mills.

There is a large selection of restaurants with international cuisine and there are plenty of quaint local pubs and bars along the High Road and on Lea Bridge Road.

For book enthusiasts, there are two public libraries in Leyton, and movie enthusiasts can catch a film in nearby Stratford. In addition, a stroll in the central Coronation Gardens, a park dating back to 1902, is a great way to get in touch with the area’s history.

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