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Living in Woodford

A Serene and Leafy East London Neighbourhood Perfect for First-Time Buyers and Property Investors

Home of the illustrious Winston Churchill, Woodford is a rural community in East London that offers generous properties at very convenient prices. On top of this, the area is well served by public transport and road links and offers short commutes to Central London. It has not one but two London Underground stations at Woodford and South Woodford and accessible road routes to destinations outside and inside the city. As a result, Woodford property prices are on the rise as interest in the area is steadily increasing. However, great deals are still available and first-time buyers, as well as buy-to-let investors, can still benefit from great yields.

Woodford has a special appeal for young families. Not only do the homes here have large surfaces, but the schools in the area are very well-ranked and cater to the needs of students of every age and skill level. In addition, access to numerous green spaces in the surrounding areas, as well as outside of London, is a great attraction for anyone looking to spend quality time outdoors. Woodford is also particularly attractive to young professionals commuting to the business districts. To top everything off, the short and easy commutes available through the London Underground service can take you just about anywhere in London in 30 minutes. Connections to London Overground are also available only a short distance away, as is London City Airport.

The number of residents in Woodford has been increasing fast in recent years, as interest in the area’s tranquil pace, short commutes, and plentiful green spaces has soared. Our Woodford estate agents have been following the market trends and are confident property prices in Woodford will continue to grow, bringing good yields to investors and first-time buyers alike.

About the Area – South Woodford

Woodford is located in northeast London, in the Borough of Redbridge. It is made up of several neighbourhoods, namely Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge, Woodford Wells, and South Woodford. It sits 9.5 miles from Charing Cross and it is neighboured by Wanstead to the south, Barkingside to the east, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill to the north, and Walthamstow to the west. Woodford is an ideal mix of accessibility and rural community, offering residents a wide array of amenities and great property options.

Woodford is filled with history and was home to many famous people such as Winston Churchill, William Morris, and suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst. It has many monuments, plaques, and statues reminding of its momentous past and there are also new developments setting the pace for its modern future. Types of properties in the area include Edwardian and Victorian homes, as well as houses built in the 1920s and 1930s.


London Underground – Central Line

  • Woodford
  • South Woodford

London Overground

  • Highams Park


London City Airport – 25 minutes by car

Woodford – Know the Area

Woodford is a great place to call home if you are into outdoor activities. It does not disappoint when it comes to great entertainment options and also has plenty of retail and dining options. Woodford residents can choose from a wide range of green spaces and nature reserves or country parks to enjoy sports or nature walks in. In addition, they can choose from numerous local pubs and restaurants catering to the most diverse of tastes. Our 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 – 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
  • 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
  • Woodford Wells Club – a state of the art sports centre offering tennis, squash and racquetball courts, hockey and cricket pitches, fitness classes, children’s camps, and social events
  • Whitbread Sports Ground – a local cricket ground and soccer field for players of all ages and skill levels
  • 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


The property scene in Woodford is best described as diverse. It has many large homes that often have bigger rooms and more square footage than other London homes and these homes sometimes even come with a back garden. Most properties are detached and semi-detached Victorian and Edwardian, and there are also properties built in the 1920s and 1930s.

The best areas to buy a home in are Monkhams Estate (Woodford Green) and the Firs Estate (South Woodford).

The most expensive properties can be found in Highwood, in Sunset Avenue.


If there is one thing that Woodford has plenty of it is extensive green areas. In the local parks and surrounding country or forest parks, residents can enjoy a wide range of activities and fun pastimes. There are numerous soccer, hockey, and cricket fields.

In addition, there are many children’s playgrounds and even the largest boulder park in the UK.

Among the green spaces Woodford locals have easy access to there is Epping Forest, Hainault Forest Park, and Fairlop Waters Country Park.


Woodford has a population made up of 45,640 residents according to the data provided by the 2011 Census. Most residents are of British descent, with Asian and other African and European nationalities also making up its community.


Woodford serves its local population well when it comes to shopping options. There are several chain stores and supermarkets available in the area, as well as smaller local shops and local markets. Residents can find anything from butcher shops to laundry, barber, and toy shops, as well as bigger brands for clothes or makeup.

The main shopping area is around South Woodford station. Pubs, restaurants, delis, gastropubs, and cafes complete the picture and offer a wide range of eating and drinking selections.

Woodford Property Prices 

Properties in Woodford are very diverse and offer a lot of square footage for very good prices. With outdoor spaces such as gardens or balconies, they are very affordable and convenient, especially for first-time buyers. Buy-to-let investors are also increasingly interested in Woodford properties since their appeal for commuters has been on the rise. Good offers are not very difficult to find and there are good yields to be obtained in the area in the coming years.

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

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New Developments in the Area

Modern flats and newly-built homes are also available in Woodford. Here is a list of recent developments:

  • Queen Mary’s Gate – a residential development completed in the late 2000s in South Woodford, comprising 482 homes with one and two bedrooms on a site overlooking the North Circular
  • Repton Park (former Claybury Hospital) – a redevelopment project comprising Victorian buildings and new built flats and houses in Manor Road, totalling 850 new homes and a cricket pitch and health club
  • Discovery by Fairview New Homes – an 81 flat residential project in Larkshall Road, Highams Park, featuring one and two-bedroom flats

Schools in Woodford

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

  • Churchfields Infants and Juniors
  • Oakhill Primary school
  • Wells Primary school
  • Trinity RC
  • St Aubyn’s Private School
  • Snaresbrook Preparatory Private School
  • Bancroft’s Private School
  • Nightingale Primary school
  • Ray Lodge Primary school
  • Woodford County High School for Girls
  • Highams Park
  • Woodford Green Preparatory Private School
  • Avon House Private School
  • Forest Private School


There are several good hospitals and medical facilities available in and around 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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whipps cross
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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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Woodford Historic Buildings

There are several historic buildings in Woodford that pay a wonderful tribute to its past. Among them is the Eagle hotel, Wanstead’s oldest inn dating back to the 17th century. And the original parish church of St. Mary. There is also the Merchant Seamen’s orphan asylum in Hermon Hill dating back to 1861, which is now Wanstead Hospital.

Another landmark building is the Crown Court in Eagle Pond at Snaresbrook. It was built in 1841 and used as an orphanage. Later, it became the Royal National Children’s Foundation and in 1938 it became the Royal Wanstead School. In April 1965 it was converted into a court. Today, it is the busiest Crown Court in the UK.

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Woodford Celebrities

There seems to be a connection between Woodford and notable figures. Winston Churchill is by far the most renowned person to originate from this northeast London area. Among other reputable figures to have connections with Woodford is William Morris, a celebrated writer, artist, and craftsman. He was the founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Another notable figure who lived in Woodford is writer James Hilton, author of Goodbye Mr. Chips and Lost Horizon.

Other famous Woodford residents include the Clergyman Sydney Smith, suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst, Clement Attlee (former Labour Prime Minister), Terry Chimes (former drummer with The Clash, Black Sabbath & Hanoi Rocks), Vince Clarke (founding member of Depeche Mode), and Nigel Travis (CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts).

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Woodford Commute Times

Canary Wharf

Distance: 8.3 miles

By public transport: 35 minutes

By car: 25 minutes

By bike: 45 minutes

Liverpool Street Station

Distance: 9 miles

By public transport: 25 minutes

By car: 35 minutes


Distance: 11.3 miles

By public transport: 40 minutes

By car: 35 minutes

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Woodford Restaurants

  • Galetos (Portuguese)
  • Durazzo Pizzeria
  • Grill Hustle
  • Mezze Restaurant (Turkish)
  • Lokkum Bar & Grill (Mediterranean)
  • Grand Trunk Road (Indian)
  • Divine Restaurant (Mediterranean)
  • Nino’s (Italian)
  • Rosso Restaurant (Italian)
  • Parlay E18 Cocktail bar
  • Mezze Ocakbasi (Mediterranean)
  • Ezme Kitchen
  • Eatalian
  • Sakura (Sushi & Buns)
  • Jaipur of Chigwell
  • Casa Pipino
  • The Gallery Bar and Brasserie
  • Shish Restaurant (Turkish)
  • Pizzeria Bel-Sit
  • Zizzi (Italian)
  • Prezzo Italian Restaurant
  • Liban Tapas

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