Chingford remains one of London’s best kept secrets. This suburban North-East London town was once rural and agricultural but due to its links to Central London it has become highly popular with a variety of ages and wealth brackets.
Chingford, although a town, exudes a more intimate village feel. It doesn’t contain a classic high street with its typical chain stores. Instead, on a singular road in which its railway station is placed, it boasts a selection of independent grocery stores, butchers and florists catered to the needs of the locals. Larger shopping areas are littered within a ten mile radius of Chingford, with the shopping haven Westfield Stratford a reasonable 40 minute drive away.
Chingford is known for being home to many young families; however, over time, it has adapted to cater to a much wider audience. One of its landmarks, the Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, is open to the public and often attracts retirees with its exhibitions on Tudor history. Its quaint Butlers Retreat Cafe is a real treat, providing views across the sublime Epping Forest.
For younger residents, the iconic Warehouse nightclub is just a fifteen minute drive away (or a taxi if you plan on having a few, ahem, alcoholic beverages!) With its stripped back charm and top-of-the-range sound system, there is no better place to spend a Friday or Saturday night.
Property wise, Chingford is one of the few locations in close proximity to London that hasn’t seen house prices rise extraordinarily over the last couple of years. The average house price currently stands at around the £375,000 mark, which is likely to get you a three bedroom semi-detached house set along a leafy, family-orientated street.
In the last year, however, there has been a slight shift in property purchases. A large majority of sales in the area were two bedroom flats averaging at around £275,000, an obvious choice for young couples who want to settle close to the capital.
Alternatively, for those with a larger budget, Bury Road could be the perfect place, named as Chingford’s most expensive street. These properties are renowned and identified by classic Edwardian features and immediacy to both Chingford’s train station and vast open spaces.
Chingford represents the ideal in its positioning; not right on top of the potentially overwhelming nature of London life, yet only a 20 minute train journey from Liverpool Street. This ease of accessibility to the capital is perfect for both the commuters of Chingford and fans of London’s vibrant culture and nightlife. Not only does the National Rail service between Liverpool Street and Chingford run until 1am (one of the latest), but the N26 night bus also conveniently runs from Trafalgar Square to Chingford at even the most ridiculous of hours. The area is also close to a number of tube stations including Blackhorse Road, Buckhurst Hill and South Woodford.
In the heart of Chingford is The Kings Head, The Guardian’s 2013 Food Award winner. A firm favourite with families, it serves traditional food in both a welcoming environment and at a reasonable price. Alternatively, La Trevi is consistently receiving rave reviews, an authentic Italian restaurant praised as a hidden jewel with both stunning food and an unrivalled service.
Nurseries: Chingford Busy Bees, Tiny Tots Day Nursery, Gilwell Hill Day Nursery and Preschool
Primary Schools: Chase Lane Primary School, Larkswoord Primary School, Chingford C of E Primary School
Secondary Schools: Normanhurst School, Chingford Foundation School, Trinity Catholic High School
86 Old Church Road,
Tel: 0208 524 7444 • Fax: 0208 524 7244
Branch Manager: Jamaal Robinson-Matthews • Jamaal.Robinson-Matthews@kings-group.net