Leytonstone Neighbourhood Guide

Part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Leytonstone, not to be confused with its equally lovely neighbour Leyton, borders with Walthamstow, Leyton and Wanstead and is just a stone’s throw away from East Village and the Olympic Park. Although this pocket of North East London has managed to retain some of its beautiful Edwardian tree lined streets and unspoilt green spaces, a sprinkling of Olympic gold dust has certainly helped to bring some new life to its once rather forgotten High Street or High Road as its actually called with some really good independent shops and restaurants. Leystonstone is also upping its ante in the culture stakes as its annual festival and Arts Trail continues to draw the crowds from far and wide to experience a whole host of music, dance, food, arts and cultural events through the summer. A number of notable ex residents still have ties with the area, Derek Jacobi is patron of the Leystonstone Festival and you will certainly see various tributes around the town to the Master of Suspense, Mr Alfred Hitchcock.

Transport Information:

Leytonstone overground and underground (Central line) station: Stratford 5 minutes approximately. The City 15 minutes approximately. West End 25 minutes approximately.

The nearby A12 allows easy access out of London.  

Leystonstone is also part of the Mini Holland programme which is investing in improved walking and cycling routes throughout the entire Borough.

Our pick of Leytonstone's top spots:

Caffeine Kick:

Wonderbar: Locally-sourced coffee, roasted in Leyton, and home-baked goods from Walthamstow, this family friendly vegetarian cafe by day also doubles as a music venue at night.

The Wild Goose Bakery: Mouth-wateringly good.

Proper Boozer:

The Red Lion: Good beer, good food, good knees up.

The North Star: A staple of the community.

Going Out Out:

Luna Lounge: 2 floors of music, expect anything from open mic night to psychadelic jazz funk.

Tickle Your Tastebuds:

Mora: Beautiful italian food, made with real Italian love.

Little Saigon: A Vietnamese menu that will rival the best of Kingsland Road.

Wild And Free:

Epping Forest, Wanstead Flats, Bush Wood. 

Culture Vulture:

Leystonstone Festival, Leystonstone Arts Trail.


Leystonstone Leisure Centre: This place got a huge revamp in 214 and now offers a state-of-the-art gym, 25m main pool, 2 badminton court sports hall, Group Exercise studios plus an Ofsted registred crèche and an indoor soft play area for your little ones.

Shop 'Til You Drop:

Stratford Westfield: With this mammouth shopping centre only 5 minutes away, how could you resist!