Move into Chingford...
Chingford is a nice quiet suburb in East London, although it distinctly feels more like Essex.
There are some wonderful buildings in the area including Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge which was originally built for King Henry VIII in 1543, and was used as a grandstand to watch the hunting of deer. The building is located on Chingford Plain within Epping Forest and is open to the public, and well worth a visit. Chingford Station runs into Liverpool Street in 26 minutes so it is a great location for people working in the City.
A happy middle ground between city and country life, you’ll find scenic, 6,000-acre Epping Forest to the north and central London to the south. Go due west, and you will arrive at two scenic reservoirs that help supply the Greater London area with their drinking water.
Today’s Chingford is still full of small village charm and is closer to nature than you would expect for somewhere so close to central London. The location of the suburb therefore makes for an ideal melting pot of history, open spaces, and a rich culture with something to offer everyone. With surprisingly affordable homes to choose from, it is easy to see why both families and professionals alike are keen to relocate to this area.
A quiet suburb in East London, Chingford offers an escape from the typical hustle and bustle found in the capital. If you are after quiet tree-lined streets and a strong sense of community, it might just be time to find a home in Chingford.
Often considered part of Essex (even though it’s officially Greater London), Chingford has a range of local shops, cafes and restaurants — most of which are independently owned. It’s also just a 25-minute journey to Liverpool Street.
Expect to find a range of Victorian and Edwardian properties in Chingford, many of which still remain as entire houses. There are also smaller Victorian terraces and a selection of mid-war semi-detached properties on large tree-lined streets.
A smattering of newer builds can be found in Chingford, though development hasn’t hit the heights found in other parts of London. There’s a certain charm to Chingford, which is largely down to the area’s older property types.
Chingford train station is on the Overground and runs regular services with around four trains run every hour to Liverpool Street, with one coming every 15 minutes.
Other areas on the Overground line include Walthamstow, Clapton, Hackney Downs and Bethnal Green. Local bus services also run around Chingford and neighbouring areas.
With excellent travel links into one of London’s busiest stations, you can live away from the cauldron of central London while still enjoying easy access. Period homes, historic buildings and a welcoming community make Chingford an appealing choice for renters who want to see their money go a little further than inner-London postcodes.
You can’t be in Chingford without making a stop at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge. Now a museum, the Lodge plays host to all manner of events and you can even hold your wedding or civil union there.
Lovers of the great outdoors will be happy to find Epping Forest just beyond the Lodge. With over 6,000 acres whether you hike or bike, there’s no shortage of open space.
Whilst Epping Forest is an impressive site, Chingford is also home to no less than 10 local parks and woodland sites with plenty of sports facilities, children’s play areas and lovely gardens to enjoy.
A wonderful place to bring up a family, the Chingford area has an excellent selection of primary and secondary schools, eight of which have gained an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted.
This includes Churchfields Infant and Junior schools and nearby Yardley Primary School, which boasts students with above-average performances across the board. St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Wells Primary School, and Oakhill Primary School are other equally attractive options that serve the district. Two local secondary schools – Trinity Catholic High School and Woodford County High School For Girls – have also been rated as ‘outstanding’.