Suburban Wanstead borders Epping Forest, making it practically part of the countryside. The area’s wealth is evident thanks to large semi-detached and detached properties; there is a villagey atmosphere and the high street favours independent shops over chains. It is also home to Wanstead House, a stately home so lavish it was once known as the ‘English Versailles’. Local residents benefit from having a multitude of pubs and restaurants (fish eateries are a specialty) on their doorstep, while the Central Line links to Central London. Despite its leafiness and upmarket feel, rents are still cheaper than in most inner London districts.
Your All In London guide to Wanstead