Barkingside is the sort of outer London district that attracts former residents of the East End who have made a bit of cash and are seeking to be closer to the countryside, something which is illustrated by Alan Sugar buying up half the high street, however the buildings have since changed ownership. Housing mostly dates from the 1930s onwards, however Barnardo’s Chapel and the building that houses the underground station date back to Edwardian and Victorian times respectively. Barnardo’s children’s charity was founded in Barkingside, where its headquarters still remain. It may not be the richest area in terms of recreation, however there is a cinema, swimming pool, numerous pubs, and the handy Central Line.
Your All In London guide to Barkingside