Waltham Forest Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Waltham Forest

Former home of William Morris, David Beckham and boyband E17, and current home to Britain's largest street market stretching for over a mile, Waltham Forest is a largely residential borough with a very mixed population in the outer part of east London. It is designated as one of the five host boroughs of the 2012 Olympic Games and is therefore benefitting from significant inward investment in its sporting facilities and transport infrastructure.

The borough of Waltham Forest is densely populated and very diverse, with high numbers of residents of minority ethnic origin, including the third largest Muslim community in London. Many Waltham Forest residents live in areas of high deprivation and almost a third of children live in households in poverty. The regeneration projects associated with the Olympic games covering Waltham Forest and several neighbouring boroughs are therefore welcome news for residents.

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Must see attractions in Waltham Forest

William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park, Forest Road E17 4PP
Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road E17 9NH

Regions & Neighbourhoods in Waltham Forest

Walthamstow
Walthamstow is an area of contrasts, from the bustling, bargain-filled street market which is Europe’s longest, to the charm of the village with its upmarket restaurants and quaint furniture shops. ...
Leyton
Leyton doesn’t seem to have much luck. It suffered from heavy bombing in both world wars, is a known spot for gang-related crime and theft, and is one of London’s poorest areas; even its football ...
Chingford
Sitting quietly on the border with Epping Forest, leafy, suburban Chingford can’t seem to decide whether it wants to be in Essex or not. Those living in semi-rural northern Chingford believe they ha...
Leytonstone
The birthplace of Alfred Hitchock has existed since Roman times; in fact the name derives from the ‘Leton-Atte-Stone’, the name of a milestone situated on the main thoroughfare from Epping Forest ...
Highams Park
Some say it’s Essex, while others maintain it’s London, however residential Highams Park is next to Epping Forest, therefore the area is suitably green and tranquil. The rail linking to Liverpool ...
Woodford Green
Leafy Woodford Green borders Essex and Epping Forest, therefore residents benefit from having the ancient woodland on their doorstep. This villagey suburb has plenty of attractive pubs and eateries, h...

Neighbouring Boroughs

Hackney
Hackney did once have a bit of a bad reputation for being downtrodden and crime-ridden, but parts of Hackney have now been transformed into super-trendy hotspots where everyone wants to be seen; on th...
Enfield
The Borough of Enfield is London's most northerly and can trace its origins back to Roman times when it lay along Ermine Street, the great Roman route leading the length of the country up to the strat...
Redbridge
Lying on the north-easterly edge of Greater London, Redbridge is sometimes known as the "leafy" suburb, and as such enjoys one of the best living environments in the capital. The Borough stretches fro...
Haringey
Haringey lies in the middle teir of London geographically between inner and outer London towards the north. It is extremely ethnically diverse with an estimated 193 languages spoken there and over 35%...
Newham
Newham has had its fair share of challenges throughout the 20th century. Due to its proximity to the Docklands, the areawas subject to bomb damage during World War II raids, destroying housing stock; ...

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