A local guide to move in Ilford

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Ilford is a large town in east London, England, 9 miles (14 km) north-east of Charing Cross. Part of the London Borough of Redbridge, Ilford is within the ceremonial county of Greater London. It had a population of 168,168 in 2011, compared to 303,858 for the entire borough. “

The amenities you might need in Ilford

Below is a list of the places you may want to check out if the area of Ilford. This can really help you out when you are moving to an area or neighbourhood.

In Ilford, what schools are nearby?

Having a nearby school is ideal when relocating. Below is a list of schools located within Ilford

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Nuffield Health Ilford Fitness & Wellbeing Gym 68-90 Clements Road, Ilford 1.8 166
Joyful Sound School of Music Unit 2, Quantum Offices, Mountview House, 202-212 High Road, Ilford 5 6
Oakfield Playgroup Ilford Vine Church Hall, Holstock Road, Ilford 5 4
New City College, Ilford Lynton House, 255-259 High Road, Ilford 2.9 18
Just4Kids Day Nursery & Pre-school 1 Winchester Road, Ilford 5 10
Balfour Nursery 7 Balfour Road, Ilford 4.6 47
First Academy Foundation 64 Cranbrook Road, Ilford 3.3 4
SS Peter & Paul’s Catholic Primary School Gordon Road, Ilford 3.2 21
Ark Tuition and Ark Exam Centre UNIT 2, 388 High Road, Ilford 4.9 36
The Sunflower Nursery York Road 87 York Road, Ilford 4 4
Stepping Together Pre-school St. Lukes Church Baxter Road, Ilford N/A N/A
Barney Bear’s Nursery St Lukes Courtyard, Baxter Road, Ilford 4.2 5
Read Academy 34-38 Mansfield Road, Cranbrook, Ilford 4.6 30
Ilford Lane Under Fives Pre School St Mary & Erconwald Church Hall, Khartoum Road, Ilford 5 4
Christchurch Primary School Wellesley Road, Ilford 4.6 31
Belmont Day Nursery 69 Belmont Road, Ilford 4.5 55
Clementswood Nursery 46 Grosvenor Road, Ilford 4.8 20
Redbridge Pre-School Learningalliance 102 Pretoria Road, Ilford 5 1
Winston Way Primary School Winston Way, Ilford, Essex 3.8 21
Cleveland Road Primary School Cleveland Road, Ilford 4.4 36

Post offices of Ilford

Want to send and receive parcels easily? There is no better way to do that than having a post office nearby. Not only do they provide post services but post office in Ilford can provide a wide range of services such as: sending money or subscribing post insurance. Here is the list of post offices in your next area

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Royal Mail Ilford 4-24 Chadwick Road, Ilford 1.8 128
Ilford Post Office The Exchange, The Exchange, Unit 50 Middle Level, Ilford 2.2 144
Samnawi’s Post Office 126 Cranbrook Road, Ilford 3.8 38
Post Box York Road, Ilford 3 2
Cranbrook Road 126 Post Office 126 Cranbrook Road, Ilford 3.3 7
Gordon Road Sub Post Office 137, 139 Gordon Road, Ilford 2.7 41

Health amenities that are in Ilford

Ilford has 5 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Free Drivers Medical 28-42 Clements Road, Ilford 5 1
Ilford Medical Centre 61 Cleveland Road, Ilford 1.8 247
York Surgery 55 York Road, Ilford 3 125
Al-Shifa Shahi Unani Dawakhana 117 Ilford Lane, London, Ilford N/A N/A
I I Medicine 8 Connaught Road, Ilford N/A N/A

Tube & Train stations nearby the area of Ilford

Most want transit less than a 15 minute walk from home. We put together train and tube stations in Ilford to help find the optimal area for you. It could be that you don’t mind walking or it could be that public transport is necessary for you to get around.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Ilford Ilford Hill, Ilford 4 171

What to do in the area of Ilford

Ilford is vibrant with life, activities and to find out what to do in your area we recommend you to have a look at websites like Timeout. Timeout updates on a weekly basis things to do in Ilford. To simplify you the task of finding the page here is the link to see the upcoming events in Ilford. Also having a clear view of what is available in Ilford and where is a great way to project yourself within this new area. This is why we created the following map where we gathered all the information you will find in this article.

Some great things about Ilford

At Cozee we looked at elements defining the area like restaurants, nightlife, parks, and more. Whether you’re a foodie or night owl, Ilford has something for you. Check out spots below to get a feel for life in Ilford.

Museums & Galleries

An area lives because of the people who live, work and interact. Art is a great way to discover an area in a new way. If you are looking to move in Ilford we definitely recommend that you check for galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. They provide a great source of enjoyment over the weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Redbridge Central Library and Museum Clements Road, Ilford 4.3 275

Parks and green spaces in Ilford

Big green spaces cover the UK and London. However, it may be hard to work out just how much green space there is by just looking at a map. Here is a table below that shows you the green space of Ilford in more detail.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ️‍ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A

Supermarkets in Ilford

Grocery shopping is another important activity you will do if you move into the area of Ilford. In the below table, we go over the nearby supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s so you know what the area has to offer for your food shop.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Tesco Esso Express 86 London Road, London 3.4 16
Sainsbury’s 34-48 London Road, London 4 1423
Sainsbury’s Local 357-361 Lordship Lane, London 3.3 54
AM Supermarket Bredinghurst, 137-138 Overhill Road, London 4.4 24
Woodvale Supermarket 114 Wood Vale, London 3.8 28
Lane Supermarket 395 Lordship Lane, London 4.5 11
Oriental Mini Market 25 London Road, London 5 12

Are there any good pubs in Ilford?

As Londoners, at Cozee we are deeply attached to our weekly attendance to our local pub. Why should you be different in the place where you are going to live? That is why we have been testing and reviewing all the pubs in Ilford. As a matter of fact, we didn’t… But we would have loved to. Here is then the list of the greatest pubs of Ilford

Pub name Name Address Description
Champs Sports Bar & Grill 19/21 Chapel Road / Clements Lane Ilford IG1 2AF Serves cask beer and is air-conditioned. Food available all day (breakfasts until noon). Live DJs and themed discos after 10pm Thursday to Saturday.
General Havelock 229 High Road / Hainault Street Ilford IG1 1NE Main street pub with some surviving Victorian features. Real Ale not always available.
Great Spoon of Ilford 114/116 Cranbrook Road Ilford IG1 4LZ Large, lively ‘Wetherspoon’ in former video shop, popular with all ages. Friendly, relaxing and good value. Many ‘yards’ of books on the shelves in the line of four seat alcoves, along the left side of the pub. Photographs and descriptions of local scenes adorn the walls. Alcoholic drinks are sold from 9am. Meals include daily specials. There is no music, just silent TV news with subtitles. The toilets (except accessible) are upstairs.
Jono’s Bar 37 Cranbrook Road Ilford IG1 4PA Just one minute walk from the station, Jono’s is a converted shop with an unusual style. The front of the bar is in dark wood and the rear is half-timbered with a patch of thatch over the seating. There are large screen TVs and a TV projector showing sports fixtures and it can be noisy at times. The bar staff are friendly and efficient and the Tribute is well-kept. It hosts live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. The second handpump sometimes has Banks’s Wainwright or another cask ale.
Prince Of Wales 63 Green Lane / Connaught Road Ilford IG1 1XJ This very pleasant local has a small, cosy saloon bar and a larger L-shaped public bar. Regular beers are supplemented by three guests. The public bar houses a dartboard and there is an outdoor pool table. Regular quiz nights are held. The rear garden is comfortable and well maintained, with a heated, covered smokers’ area. There is ample parking. Meals are served 12-9pm. This S&N/Heineken establishment is welcome in an area dominated by keg pubs.

What kind of gyms are there in Ilford?

In Ilford, using the public parks is not for everyone. Finding out if you are able to attend a local gym or leisure centre nearby may be a good idea if you are trying to move to the area perhaps for permanent residency.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Oasis Sports Centre 32 Endell Street, London 4.3 788
Virgin Active Shell-Mex House, 80 Strand, London 4.3 299
Gymbox Holborn 100 High Holborn, London 4.3 340
Nuffield Health Covent Garden Fitness and Wellbeing Gym 9 Endell Street, London 4.3 130
Fitness First 6 Bedford Street, London 4.3 345
Yogarise Covent Garden – Yoga classes in Covent Garden, London 13 Mercer Street, London 4.3 62
Jubilee Hall Gym 30 The Piazza, London 4.3 111
Covent Garden Physiotherapy Ground Floor, Durham House, 1 Durham House Street, London 4.3 46
PureGym London Waterloo 11-15 Brad Street, London 4.3 234
Body Control Pilates 35 Little Russell Street, London 4.3 36
The Health Club at One Aldwych One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London 4.3 16
CryoAction Limited 71-75 Shelton Street, London 4.3 1
The Gym Group London Charing Cross 17-21 Northumberland Avenue, London 4.3 227
Fujian White Crane Kung Fu & Tai Chi – Covent Garden & West End Green Dragon House, 23 Stukeley Street, London 4.3 N/A
Digme Fitness Covent Garden 4-10 Tower Street, London 4.3 150
Boom Cycle – Holborn 16 Procter Street, London 4.3 91
The Gym Group London Holborn Circus 1 Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London 4.3 263
Central Health Physiotherapy Quality House, 5-9 Quality Court, London 4.3 299
Tranquility Pilates Studio Ltd 16-18, New Bridge Street, London 4.3 5
ESPA Life at Corinthia Whitehall Place, London 4.3 246

Restaurants in the area

Ilford is able to produce a large amount of different cuisines if you are looking. Take a look at the table below to find the most popular places to eat if you are a resident of Ilford.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Papa Johns Pizza 423 High Road, Ilford 4.3 139
Saravanaa Bhavan 115-127 Cranbrook Road, Ilford 4.3 3895
Nando’s Ilford Unit 1A, Cineworld Ilford, Clements Road, Ilford 4.3 1612
Pizza Hut Delivery 86-88 Cranbrook Road, Ilford 4.3 143
Golden Curry 14 Clements Road, Ilford 4.3 161
Kebabish Original 50 Ilford Lane, Ilford 4.3 20
Pizza Hot Fried Chicken 311 High Road, Ilford 4.3 185
Crispy’s Chicken 56 Ilford Lane, Ilford 4.3 96
Satsang Sweets 149 Ley Street, Ilford 4.3 76
Anand Pan Centre 116 Ilford Lane, Ilford 4.3 539
KFC Ilford – High Road 204-206 High Road, Ilford 4.3 1177
Downtown Grill 218 High Road, Ilford 4.3 8
Taj Grill 72 Ilford Lane, Ilford 4.3 1299
Firecracker Canteen 10 Clements Road, Ilford 4.3 202
Faroz Restaurant – Ilford 2-4 Clements Road, Ilford 4.3 642
Creams Cafe Ilford 114 High Road, Ilford 4.3 571
Starbucks Coffee 88 High Road, Ilford 4.3 822
Subway 251 High Road, London 4.3 278
JRC Global Buffet 3-5 Winston Way, Ilford 4.3 3822
Subway The Exchange Mall Unit 48, London 4.3 83

What else is close by?

Familiar with Ilford? We value your opinion

It would be great to get your opinion on what you think about Ilford. It could help other people who are moving into the area of Ilford as well as help us understand you better too.

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Manor Park See the guide here
Little Ilford See the guide here

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