Is Wanstead a nice place to live in?

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Wanstead is an affluent area in east London, England, in the London Borough of Redbridge. It borders South Woodford to the north, Redbridge to the east and Forest Gate to the south, with Leytonstone and Walthamstow to the west. It is located 8 miles northeast of Charing Cross. “

Is the local life vibrant in Wanstead

It could be that Wanstead has a lively atmosphere with many activities happening and there are ways to find this out. To discover what to do in your area, we recommend looking at sites like Timeout that list weekly events in Wanstead. We want to make finding things easy, so here’s a link to see upcoming happenings in Wanstead. Also, knowing what’s available in Wanstead and where helps when getting to know a new place. That’s why we made a map with property price info from this article to simplify your search.

Some great things about Wanstead

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

What supermarkets are there?

Grocery shopping is another important activity you will do if you move into the area of Wanstead. 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
Waitrose & Partners 32-39 Temple Fortune Parade, London 4.3 232
M&S Simply Food 820-832 Finchley Road, London 4.1 316
Superhormuz 4-5 Ashbourne Avenue, London 3.9 23
Kosher Paradise 10, Ashbourne Parade, Finchley Road, London 4.6 33

Pubs in the area

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 Wanstead. As a matter of fact, we didn’t… But we would have loved to. Here is then the list of the greatest pubs of Wanstead

Pub name Name Address Description
Northcote Arms 110 Grove Green Rd Leyton E11 4EL Traditional local pub. with a change of owner in 2014. The pub has 5 separate areas and 2 large gardens. It serves at least 2 local ales all from breweries within a 3 mile radius of the pub. Additional ales are available for Leyton Orient home games. There is also a large whiskey selection. The pub hosts several events such as Drag, Music bingo, Vinyl night and folk music. There are regular art exhibitions and the pub has strong links with the local community. Local CAMRA pub of the year 2020. Food is Burgers/Hot Dogs with vegan options available.
Bell 468 High Road Leytonstone E11 3HN Traditional local pub, now an open interior where once there were three rooms. You have to guess which of the three doors is the way in! Pool, darts and shove halfpenny, rear courtyard, and a canopy at the front. Regular entertainment includes karaoke, bingo and quizzes. Real Ale not always available.
Birkbeck Tavern 45 Langthorne Road Leytonstone E11 4HL Traditional local (a free house since 1991), tucked away in the back streets near Leyton tube station, very popular on Orient match days with both home and away fans. The excellent beer garden is recommended for summer. Was taken over by Barter Inns in 2012 (now known as Town Centre Inns). Two separate bars, with smaller public bar on the corner, connecting round the back of the servery to a medium-sized lounge were the real ales can be found. Quite blokey, with juke box, sports on TV, pool and darts. Happy Hour weekdays 11-7 when Rita’s Beer (Courage Best in Oct 2019) is £3 a pint.
Heathcote & Star 344 Grove Green Road Leytonstone E11 4EA Large pub divided into three areas, public, saloon and games room (four pool tables). Various bric-a-brac, photos decorate. Outside extensively tiled with various sculptures on upper parts. Darts. Function room. Closed on 7 Sep 2014 but reopened in March 2015 following the sale by Stonegate to Equity Estates. Rumours of plans for development to flats sparked the registration as an ACV. The Electric Star group of pubs have taken a 20 year lease. Food is provided by Krapow with roasts on Sunday.
Leytonstone ex-servicemens club 2 Harvey Road Leytonstone E11 3BD The Club was originally founded in 1922 to provide a place to meet, socialise and celebrate the return of ex-servicemen and their families as they returned from the World Wars I & II. Though no longer just a members club. membership today goes much wider and reflects the exciting, constantly changing mix of people living and working in and around East London.
North Star 24 Browning Road Leytonstone E11 3AR Originally two cottages converted to a pub in about 1858 and one of the oldest drinking establishments in Leytonstone Village Conservation Area. A warm and welcoming pub with very efficient bar staff, it is named after the brigantine in which the first landlord made his only sea voyage, between Hartlepool and India. The public bar has a small serving hatch and the saloon has a long single bar with five handpumps. Thai Food and Pizza are available .though they operate differing hours. Local CAMRA branch pub of the year 2019. The pub may stay open later on Mondays. Please ask at the bar. Dogs are allowed outside only.
Red Lion 640 High Road Leytonstone E11 3AA Large Victorian pub in the heart of Leytonstone which has become very popular since its reopening by Antic. It has 10 handpumps with a changing selection from small breweries such as Redemption and Thornbridge. A varied menu offers quality food at pub prices. You will find a quiz night on Mondays, DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, and live music on Sundays.
Rookwood Village 314 Cann Hall Road Leytonstone E11 3NW ex Enterprise, ex-Labatts. Ex Bass. Based on the ground floor of the previous pub, the Lord Rookwood. It was reopened by Urban Village pubs in September 2020 following a complete, high quality, refurbishment. The pub is a mixture of booths and table with a patio to the rear. 4 cask ales are sold and the pub aims to have a locally brewed beer available. The food offering contains a large range of pizza’s and burgers.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel 147 Whipps Cross Road Leytonstone E11 1NP One of the few pubs in the East London area with accommodation. Overlooking Epping Forest. Real log fires. Various alcoves leading off from the bar. Photos of ‘The Master’ (who was born in Leytonstone) and stars of his films on the walls. There are 2 covered but not enclosed outdoor “smoking” areas to each side of the entrance steps. The balcony area at rear (last seen many years ago) is no more – now a restaurant extension at bar level.
Walnut Tree 857-861 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HH Large, contemporary Wetherspoon pub, converted in 1997 from a gymnasium, carpet retailers and a co-operative store. On the long bar, 12 hand pumps serve up to eight guest ales and real cider. There are plenty of tables inside and out, and TV for major sporting events. Opposite the bar, a raised seating area is available free of charge for meetings or parties. There is an unusual sculpture at the beginning of the bar
Wanstead Golf Club Overton Drive Leytonstone E11 2LW Wanstead Golf Club was established in 1893. Venue has reduced hours during Winter months – closes 9pm November to March

Green space in the city of Wanstead

One of London’s best assets is its green spaces. See if Wanstead offers room to roam.

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

Gyms to stay in shape in Wanstead

Working from home means more gym time for many. With chains like EasyGym and PureGym, it’s easy to stay fit in Wanstead.

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

Museums & Galleries nearby

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 Wanstead we definitely recommend that you check for galleries, museums and other cultural institutions. They provide a great source of enjoyment over the weekends.

We weren’t able to find any museum in this area. Tell us in the comments if we were wrong. We’ll amend this page

The types of restaurants

The below table gives you a good idea of what kind of options there are for eating out. In Wanstead, you may find things like Italian, Chinese or even Indian takeouts. Take a look below if you are visiting or want to move here if eating out is a big deal for you.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
The George – JD Wetherspoon 155-159 High Street, London 4.3 1842
Papa Johns Pizza 35 High Street, London 4.3 136
The Cuckfield 31 High Street, Greater, London 4.3 1410
Toby Carvery Snaresbrook 73 Hollybush Hill, Greater, London 4.3 3011
Nightingale on the Green 51 Nightingale Lane, London 4.3 350
Belgique Wanstead Cafe 29 Cambridge Park, London 4.3 378
The Larder 39 High Street, London 4.3 393
India Garden 12 Nightingale Lane, London 4.3 144
Luppolo Pizza 36-38 High Street, London 4.3 637
OTTO Restaurant Bar 44 High Street, London 4.3 733
Piccolo Ristorante 117b High Street, London 4.3 438
GAIL’s Bakery Wanstead 55-57 High Street, London 4.3 684
Cafe Brunch 40 High Street, London 4.3 217
Provender Restaurant 17 High Street, London 4.3 729
Dama de Elche 7 Cambridge Park, London 4.3 381
Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel 147 Whipps Cross Road, London 4.3 561
Robins Pie & Mash London 14 High Street, London 4.3 426
The Tiffin Tin (Wanstead) 4 Station Parade, High Street, London 4.3 230
Purbani 153 High Street, London 4.3 179
The Bungalow Cafe of Wanstead 49 Spratt Hall Road, London 4.3 243

What type of amenities may you need in Wanstead?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Wanstead name before moving in the neighbourhood.

Schools in and around the area of Wanstead

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

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Chris Fuller – Piano Teacher 13 Langley Crescent, London 5 3
Jazz Summer School 41A High Street, London N/A N/A
Little Bear’s On Wanstead Green 3 The Green, London 5 7
Kindred Wanstead Day Nursery and Pre-School 1A Draycot Road, London 4.3 18
Little Bear’s in Wanstead Village 14 Seagry Road, London 5 5
Little Diamonds Cambridge Lodge, 56 Hermon Hill, London 3.2 21
Wanstead High School Redbridge Lane West, London 3.2 30
ALL STARS Fladgate Road, London N/A N/A
Top Mark Tuition Centre 889 High Road Leytonstone, London 4.8 68
Wanstead Church School Church Path, London 5 1
Our Lady of Lourdes School, Wanstead Chestnut Drive, London 3.8 8
Treehouse Nursery Schools 35 Woodbine Place, London 3.3 11
St. Joseph’s Convent Independent Primary School for Girls 59 Cambridge Park, London 4.2 13
Little Bear’s Daycare Group 3 The Green, London N/A N/A
Kumon Maths & English Christ Church Wanstead, Wanstead Place, London 5 2
Wanstead Children’s Centre 33 Wanstead Place, London N/A N/A
Treehouse Nursery Schools – Cambridge Park 25 Cambridge Park, London 5 1
The Grove Montessori Grosvenor Road, London 4 1
Ankur Coaching 30 Voluntary Place, London N/A N/A
Violin, Viola & Piano lessons in Wanstead Wellington Road, London N/A N/A

Tube & Train stations nearby Wanstead

Having to walk more than 10 to 15 min to reach public transportation is usually considered as a downside when considering a property to live in. To simplify this, we curated the list of train and tube station of Wanstead to help you find what would be the best location for you to move in. There are 2 train or tube stations within the Wanstead area. Here are the main ones

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Snaresbrook Station Approach, London 3.8 48
Wanstead The Green, London 4 41

The number of hospitals, pharmacies and doctors in Wanstead

Wanstead has 2 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
Wanstead Hospital Makepeace Road, London 3.6 36
The Galleon & Heronwood Makepeace Road, London 3.4 8

Post offices in the area of Wanstead

Looking for convenient parcel handling? Having a nearby post office is the optimal solution. Beyond standard postal services, the post offices in Wanstead can be found by checking out the table below.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Wanstead Post Office 75-77, High Street Wanstead, London 3.7 41
Post box Gainsborough Road, London 0 0

What areas are nearby?

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Whenever you’re not sure about if you want to move into an area for sure, making sure that you have considered your other options is important to confirm a decision or perhaps sway you in another direction. Find some other nearby regions to help you make a decision about Wanstead.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Manor Park See the guide here
Cann Hall See the guide here
Leytonstone See the guide here
Leyton See the guide here
Epsom See the guide here
Snaresbrook See the guide here
Walthamstow See the guide here
South Woodford See the guide here
Woodford See the guide here
Manor Park See the guide here
Cann Hall See the guide here
Leytonstone See the guide here
Leyton See the guide here
Epsom See the guide here
Snaresbrook See the guide here
Walthamstow See the guide here
South Woodford See the guide here
Woodford See the guide here

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