Chingford

With so many open green spaces and close proximity to Epping Forest, estate agents in Chingford are seeing an influx from new family buyers.

Chingford is not only the former residence of the famous football star, David Beckham, but it is also an important district centre which offers a variety of shops, eateries and social spaces along the high street, Station Road. Chingford is located a mere 10 miles from the north east of central London, with overground train links taking you straight to Liverpool Street. Despite the close proximity to the city, locals in the Shaping Growth research project of 2016 have described the area as a green space, which offers a ‘village’ feel. Estate agents in Chingford understand this appeal so houses for sale in Chingford sell swiftly. The council is constantly making improvements and have introduced a step-by-step delivery plan, making Chingford property for sale that much more appealing. By 2020, the council plans to aid local businesses, and aim to have developed the quality of the evening economy and increase the town centre activity beyond 5pm. In addition the council will improve the layout and access way to the train station, town centre, local assets, green open spaces as well as considering appropriate development of business space in the town centre. Some of the spaces that have been named to see improvements are the King George and William Girling reservoirs, Gilwell Park, the conference and wedding venue, campsites, and golf courses.

Restaurants and Eateries

Like many of the towns in Waltham Forest, Chingford also boasts a number of global cuisines. For those who have cravings for a classic Indian, Chingford offers The Voujon Restaurant, which hopes to elevate your taste buds, or the Spice Station, which prepares food in style, and is accompanied by a bar. Following with the Asian theme, Super Sushi also offers some quality Japanese food, providing all-you-can-eat for just £17. Meanwhile, Pat Pong provides authentic Thai food, which is freshly prepared by experienced chefs. For those who prefer something a little closer to home, there are European favourites, such as Gok Yuzu, which has taken family recipes to create amazing Mediterranean dishes, whilst La Baita da Piero offers an excellent Italian. If people are less inclined to the foreign cuisines though, Table 7 is home to a classic British meal, whilst there are surrounding pubs in the area, such as The Royal Oak, which joined the Chicken and Grill family in 2011.

As a town, Chingford has much to offer, and here are just some of the leisure activities in which you can partake:

Pubs

  • The Royal Oak
  • Loco Lounge
  • Essex House

 Sport/Health:

  • Chingford Rugby Football Club
  • Connaught Tennis Squash and Bowls Club
  • Goals Football club
  • Chingford Golf Club
  • Lee Valley Campsite

History:

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge:

  • Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge was built in 1543 for Henry VIII and his hobby of hunting.
  • It is one of the only timber-framed buildings surviving in the borough
  • It is owned by the Corporation of London
  • Visitors are invited to view the kitchens, the upper stories, and to view the same view that the monarch would have enjoyed over 550 years ago

Children:

  • Jurassic Falls Adventure – Golf with crazy golf
  • Altitude Adventure – High Ropes
  • Gilwell park – A camp site and activity centre for Scouting and Guiding groups, but also for schools and other youth organisations

Schools:

Chingford is surrounded by some of the top schools in the area, offering students the chance of an exceptional education. For primary education, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School has received a 5-star rating in their most recent Ofsted report, while other Infant and Junior schools are also reputable for their own achievements. For private primary education, there is the Normanhust School, which offers tuition from the ages of 2-16.

For secondary education, there are top-ranked schools just outside of Chingford. Number one in schoolguide.co.uk is the co-education private school, Bancroft’s School, which is approximately a 6 minute drive from central Chingford. Just down the road from Bancroft’s is the all girls grammar school, Woodford County High School, which was been ranked in second place. Also close by is Trinity Catholic High School, which has been ranked third place. Other schools in the area include Chingford Foundation, Normanhurst, Rush Croft Foundation School and so on.

Most of the local schools also provide education into 6th form, including Bancroft’s School, Chingford Foundation, Heathcote Secondary School and Science College, Trinity Catholic School, Woodford County High, and Highams Park. If your child wishes to attend a sixth form only college though, there is Sir George Monoux College, which saw A*-A grade results increase by almost a third in 2016.  In addition to this, there were 100% pass rates in art, biology, business, computing, dance and theatre studies, economics, English language, film studies, French, IT, law, photography, Spanish and world development.

Transportation:

Chingford locals are lucky to have three different forms of transport available to them, including Santander Cycles, the London Overground, and various other bus links. The London underground potentially has the most benefit to locals, as it promises to take passengers from Chingford to Liverpool Street in a mere 27minutes, making commuting quick and easy. Chingford could be an ideal home to anyone with physical disabilities as Chingford station has installed boarding ramps, allowing everyone to have a stress-free travel into town. If you don’t wish to venture into the city, the buses will take you to various local hubs, including Loughton, Chingford Mount, Chingford Hatch, Woodford Wells Cricket Club etc… Or if you decide you want to be more ecological, there are always Santander Cycles to take you around!