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Living in South Woodford

The East London Refuge Welcoming Young Families and Business Commuters with Convenience and Outdoor Fun


South Woodford is a green haven with a great location. Nestled in northeast London, it is a suburban community with leafy streets and plenty of parks and green fields surrounding it. However, there is more to South Woodford. Many consider that its main advantages are the fairly priced properties and the short commutes into central London. With two easily accessible Central Line Underground stations and good road links to and away from London as well as a diverse and low-priced housing market, its convenience is hard to beat.

South Woodford estate agents have seen an increase in demand from buyers, investors, and renters alike and are convinced the area’s popularity is only going to continue to grow. Young families and professionals who work in London’s business districts make up the largest part of new residents. They all appreciate the quick access into the city and the large number of country and local parks where they can enjoy various outdoor activities. In addition, the area has good schools and a bustling high street with plenty of amenities. As for property prices, they may not still be what they were 5 or 10 years ago. But finding an inexpensive home with generous square footage is still easy in South Woodford.

About the Area – South Woodford

South Woodford, as the name would imply, is located south of Woodford’s centre. It lies in northeast London, in the Borough of Redbridge. Charing Cross is only 8.9 miles away and London City Airport is 25 minutes by car. South Woodford is a tranquil place to call home. Residents here can enjoy all the benefits of suburbia without feeling cut off from the hustle and bustle of Central London. All it takes is for them to hop on the Underground and they can reach Liverpool Street station in 25 minutes or Stratford in less than 15 minutes.

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.

South Woodford entrance west


London Underground – Central Line

  • South Woodford
  • Snaresbrook

London Overground

  • Wood Street


London City Airport – 25 minutes by car

South Woodford – Know the Area

South Woodford is perfect for young families and active fresh air enthusiasts. Outdoor activities are numerous and diverse. Shopping opportunities are also not far behind. South Woodford residents can enjoy nature walks in Epping Forest, play sports like cricket, rugby, golf, or soccer, or simply admire the local wildlife. As for retail therapy, South Woodford’s high street is filled with various shops from quaint boutiques to large brand names. And if that selection doesn’t satisfy your shopping needs, the 15-minute trip from South Woodford to Westfield Stratford City will. Our South Woodford 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
  • Roding Valley Park – an extensive green area extending from Redbridge roundabout in the south to the Borough boundary in the north. It is carved out by the River Roding, and it’s a great setting for many activities such as nature walking and cycling, as well as admiring wildlife
  • Ray Park – home of the James Leal Centre, a state of the art, eco-building hosting a café, exhibitions, and interactive wildlife displays. Next door you can find a great children’s play area, an outdoor gym, and tennis and basketball courts
  • Leyton Flats Park – a very large open space with lush greenery, walking trails, and ponds
  • Claybury Woods and Park – a Green Flag Award park that covers an area of over 70 hectares, home to many species of ancient oak and hornbeam woodland, as well as woodland spring flowers. It features extensive meadows, wildlife ponds, and wetland
  • Elmhurst Gardens – a great destination for nature enthusiasts, home to a wide variety of trees and plants, as well as a recently landscaped colourful resting area in the centre
  • Odeon Multiplex – a modern chain cinema showing blockbusters in 2-D or 3-D format
  • Hainault Forest Country Park – a wide green space with many walking trails and an adventure play area, also including a zoo and fishing lake
  • 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

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If you love Edwardian properties, you will love South Woodford. These homes are more spacious than other types of properties and their historic charm is unique. South Woodford has wide tree-lined streets sprinkled with quiet green pockets.

You can also find council flats in several locations, as well as a few new builds here and there. The largest benefits of the South Woodford property market are the spacious homes and affordable prices. In addition to this, their location so close to major country parks and nature reserves make them ideal, especially for young families.


Proximity to Leyton Flats, Epping Forest, and the Olympic Park makes South Woodford a refuge for nature lovers.  You can easily enjoy a variety of nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries here, as well as landscaped gardens and lush parks.

Residents of South Woodford are big on playing sports like rugby, football, or cricket on the local playing fields. For more relaxing moments, they can choose nature walks in forest parks. Children’s playgrounds are also widely available, as are more dynamic activities such as the largest boulder park in the UK.



South Woodford has a population made up of 13,295 residents according to the data provided by the 2011 Census. Locals have diverse origins, and the average age of this community is rapidly decreasing as more and more young Londoners settle in.


South Woodford offers a large selection of local shops and services. Locals can find everything they need in the independent and chain stores on George Lane. The area also has many bars and restaurants for almost every taste.In addition, locals can take a short 15-minute trip and enjoy the 250 shops and restaurants available at Westfield Stratford City.

As for foods, whether you prefer supermarkets or local grocers, you will find them all in South Woodford.


South Woodford Property Prices 

Most properties in South Woodford are spacious Edwardian homes. They are found on beautiful tree-lined streets and make up serene and beautiful neighbourhoods. The area offers a lot of square footage at very good prices, as well as outdoor spaces such as gardens or balconies. Young families appreciate its financial convenience and young professionals are attracted by its commutes. South Woodford estate agents consider this district a property hotspot for first-time home buyers and renters alike.

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

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New Developments in the Area

Apart from traditional properties, modern homes are also available in South Woodford. Here is a list of recent developments:

  • Marlyon Road, Chigwell – a new council home project made up of 45 one-bedroom flats, 25 two-bedroom houses, and 11 three-bedroom houses. The project also comprises community spaces and landscaped green areas. The second phase is expected to be completed in March 2021.
  • Old Mill Court, South Woodford – another Council-backed project comprising 4 one-bedroom flats, 22 two-bedroom flats, and 2 two-bedroom flats with wheelchair access. This project is also due to be finalized in March 2021.

Schools in South Woodford

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

  • Snaresbrook Preparatory School
  • Snaresbrook Primary School and Nursery
  • Oakdale Infant School
  • Woodbridge High School
  • St Aubyns School
  • Winston House Preparatory School and Kindergarten
  • London School of Science and Business (LSSB)
  • Fareacres Nursery School
  • Nightingale Primary School
  • Churchfields Junior School
  • Oakdale Junior School
  • Hatton School & Special Needs Centre
  • Woodford County High School for Girls
  • Woodford Green Preparatory School
  • Playdays Nursery – South Woodford
  • Saint Aubyn’s School


There are several good hospitals and medical facilities available in and around South Woodford. 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
Connaught hospital
  • Connaught Day Hospital
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital, Whipps Cross Rd, London E111NR, United Kingdom
  • +442085356601
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What Locals Say About South Woodford

As the oldest residents in South Woodford would tell you, this community is very tight-knit. Most people moving to this neighbourhood never leave. It has many local shops and restaurants and a good range of grocery and home product stores. The numerous country parks it has in its vicinity are very popular among residents and local playing fields are especially popular with young South Woodford locals.

Nightlife may not compare to Central London, but you can always hop on the Underground and get there in 20 minutes. Local bars and restaurants offer diverse menus and traditional as well as international cuisine. South Woodford is a safe place to live compared to other London neighbourhoods.

Locals appreciate its proximity to the city centre given the short Underground commutes and good road links especially the North Circular. South Woodford is also friendly as far as parking goes. You won’t be spending hours figuring out where to leave your car because they are widely available.

Overall, South Woodford residents are very happy to live in a suburban haven that is affordable and easily accessible from most central London locations.

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South Woodford Amenities

Most South Woodford shopping happens on George Lane and the surrounding areas. That is where you will find chain stores like Sainsbury’s, Boots, or Marks & Spencer. It’s also where you will find the majority of restaurants and cafes.

The Odeon cinema is a popular leisure-time destination for locals. They have 7 screens showing films in 2D and 3D. Popular local pubs include the 18th-century George pub, situated in an iconic historic building that was originally an inn. Epping Forest is also a local hotspot where South Woodford residents enjoy sports and refreshing nature walks.

South Woodford is also the home of the Redbridge Drama Centre where the young ones can have fun at various workshops as well as study and practice their drama skills.

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South Woodford Commute Times

Canary Wharf

Distance:7.3 miles

By public transport: 35 minutes

By car: 25 minutes

By bike: 40 minutes

Liverpool Street Station

Distance: 8 miles

By public transport: 25 minutes

By car: 35 minutes


Distance: 11 miles

By public transport: 45 minutes

By car: 40 minutes

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South Woodford Restaurants

  • Grill Hustle
  • Sakura (Sushi & Buns)
  • Gather E17
  • Grand Trunk Road
  • Parlay E18Cocktail bar
  • Divine Restaurant
  • Mezze Restaurant
  • Ezme Kitchen
  • The Gallery Bar and Brasserie
  • Zizzi
  • Nino’s
  • Nando’s South Woodford
  • Spicy Afro-Portuguese Chicken
  • Provender Cafe Bistro
  • Dynasty Restaurant
  • Wood Oven BBQ
  • Ark Fish Restaurant
  • Wood Oven Kitchen
  • Mohabir Restaurant
  • Salway Cookhouse
  • Prezzo Italian Restaurant

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