Leyton is located in the in the borough of Waltham Forest, neighbouring Leytonestone and Stratford. Being so close to Startford, Leyton has been lucky to incur a series of benefits from the Olympic park site, and is proud to claim the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park within it’s own territory.
In 2012 the council invested to give Leyton a facelift and adopt the Portobello-esque multicolour fashion. Improvements were then taken to Francis Road, focusing on shop fronts, as well as Coronation Gardens and Leyton Jubilee Park. Leyton Jubilee Park’s refurbishment promoted a family environment, as whilst it was already an area to picnic, the newly built wooden pirate ship gives something for children to play on. Overall, the council has invested £950,000 in the run up to the Olympics, and as a result, in 2013 Leyton was awarded first place in the Best Town Centre Project in the London Planning Awards. This consisted of road surfacing, new pavements, better lighting and more greenery. The improvements made to shop fronts ensured that 43 businesses were funded, whilst 157 residents were simultaneously afforded the chance to improve their homes, being given access to a new home grant scheme.
Estate agents in Leyton have seen the improving aesthetics within the area and its growing desirability. This desirability has further enhanced since the council masterplan of further improvements, focusing on the west of Leyton and Lea Bridge Road. These plans include creating 1,500-2,500 new houses within a mere 10-minute walk from the Town Centre, creating the perfect home environment for pending homeowners. This accounts for a rise in property for sale in Leyton. Other plans include the development of the Leyton Mills Retail Park, as well as the Score Centre, Leyton outdoor market, Bywaters, train links to Hackney and more shop fronts. In a survey taken by Shaping Growth Research in 2016, 86% of residents claimed they were happy with the regeneration taking place in the area, providing Leyton letting agents with an opportunity to market properties with all these exciting developments.
Due to the close proximity to the city, Leyton also offers fast transport for commuters, whilst remaining an affordable alternative to areas in greater London, including Hackney.
Restaurants and Eateries
Leyton is fortunate to be surrounded by a vast amount of global cuisines, offering everything from Romanian restaurants, to pan-African café, artisan delis and traditional British eel and pie houses. A popular lunchtime venue is the Scottish street-food stall, Deeney’s, which is located along Leyton High Road, and is best known for its signature toasties. These toasties are best known for taking on the names of traditional Scottish characters, including Macbeth (haggis, cheddar and caramelised onions) and Lady Macbeth – the vegetarian equivalent. If you move onto Francis Road, you will find Marmelo Kitchen, which contains a small, open kitchen, which is well known for making a mean Sunday roast. If the roast doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are also a variety of brunch dishes, making this place best on weekends. Marmelo Kitchen isn’t just good for lunchtime though, as it has also been credited for it’s evening menu, especially for its burette steak, served with duck egg. If you don’t want to sit down and dine for lunch, there is also Leyton’s Saturday food market, which offers a selection of breads, fish, coffee and a variety of Antipodean treats.
Restaurants in Leyton offer the same variety, including the Oceano, which is a Portuguese based restaurant. The Oceano offers many Portuguese favourites, including calamari, octopus, fried pork fillets, as well as offering popular pasta dishes. As well as great food, Oceano also supplies a ‘feel good’ environment, as there is live music, sports screening, and karaoke on most Friday nights. Leyton’s Sahara Grill serves halal with a die for menu containing king prawns, burgers, fajitas and fish dishes, using a range of traditional recipes, and then giving them a contemporary twist. Pub food is favourite, with the Leyton Star priding themselves on politically challenged and witty names of meals. One example is The Donald Trump chilli burger, which plays on the irony of Trump’s racism towards Mexico. Another challenging meal is the V2 burger, which takes on the name of a rocket, which was fired by the Nazi’s on London. The pub also adopts a cockney slang, such as ‘jockey whips’ to introduce a traditional London feel.
Bars and Pubs
- Yard Arm – Contains high-end deli products and excellent wine
- The Northcote Arms -Comedy nights and Sunday drag shows
- Leyton Technical – Was originally a pop-up for the London 2012 Olympic Games, but due to its popularity, it has opened its doors for good. Set in the old town hall, keeping many of the buildings original features (e.g. the mosaic floor, high ceilings and country house interior)
- King William IV – Offers a selection of Brodie’s ales at very cheap prices, as well as darts and a log fire
- Leyton Star – Contains a beer garden with wooden booths, heaters and trees and serves up witty named meals, including The Donald Trump Chili burger
- Leyton Orient Football Club
- Leyton Leisure Centre
- London Raiders Ice Hockey Club
- Lee Valley Park – Contains sports centres, heritage sites, urban green spaces, farms and country parks to service activities such as: White water rafting, athletics, golf, horse riding, ice skating, fishing, cycling, bird watching and camping
- Brooks Farm Is a part of Capel Manor College and serves as a petting zoo
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Part of Olympic Site from the 2012 Olympics
- Leyton’s Jubilee Park – The boroughs largest park offers a series of different classes, including Yoga. Facilities include mini and Junior football pitches and mini nature reserve.
Leyton Mills Retail Park – positioned directly opposite Leyton’s underground station. Made up of high street favourites such as B&Q, Currys/PC World, Pizza Hut, Burger King, KFC, Subway, Sports Direct, TK Maxx, Next, Fitness First, Carphone Warehouse, Poundland, Costa and Asda
Leyton is home to a number of schools, ranging from primary schools to sixth form colleges. Primary schools in Leyton has a number to choose from, and many have ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports, such Riverly, Newport and Barclay just to name a few.
Many quality secondary schools can be found within and surrounding Leyton area, achieving outstanding rating by Ofsted.
Leyton is located only 10 km north-east of Charing Cross, positioning it just shy of central London. It is the close proximity to the city that makes commuting to the city fast and efficient, particularly as Leyton station joined onto the underground’s Central Line. As a result, commuters can reach Startford in a mere 2-minute train journey, Liverpool Street in a 12-minute train journey, and Oxford Circus in a 22-minute train journey. Leyton buses also offers various links that take you to Startford, as well as Walthamstow, Blackhorse Road and Forest Gate. Alternatively, you can opt for the Overground service at Leyton Midland. There are cab offices located near to the stations, ready to take you to your desired destination. There are also Santander Cycles, appealing with ecological benefits.