Leyton has benefited greatly from its proximity to the Olympic Park; in 2012 the council put their hands in their pocket and got the painters in to gussy up the High Road with a charming, Portobello-esque multicolour paint job. Leyton Jubilee Park was also improved, so as well as being picnic-pretty it now boasts a dandy wooden pirate ship for local sprogs to lark about on. These gestures combined to inspire a raft of trendy types too skint for Hackney to set up home in the area, and as such the local café and pub scene is now well on its way to middle-class respectability. Neighbouring Leytonstone is a slightly fancier proposition (with an according hike in property prices); think bigger gaffs, more bookshops and an active residents' association. Both are on the Central Line, so are technically more handy commute-wise than Hackney, and the fact that the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Westfield (if that's your bag) are a short stroll away conspire in a nifty compromise between convenient and cool.
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Restaurants in Leyton and Leytonstone
Urfa Ocakbasi restaurant offers a flavour of Turkey in an urban setting. Striving to delight and excite, the Urfa Ocakbasi is completely dedicated to bringing Turkish dining in to the 21st century, serving its guests with exquisite, refined and authentic flavours in healthy dishes free from unnecessary additives. While hot an cold mezze style starters begin your meal with a bang, the real star of the Urfa Ocakbasi show is the range of kebabs, cooked to traditional recipes on an Ocakbasi grill and bearing little or no resemblance to the late night kebab shop specials usually experienced in the UK.
Things to do in Leyton and Leytonstone
Vestry House Museum
The Vestry House Museum is a local history museum located in Walthamstow Village, a designated conservation area with a rural feel. The house dates from 1730 and has been used as a workhouse, police station and armoury. Exhibits at the Vestry House Museum include a police cell, a Victorian parlour, 19th- and 20th-century games, a costume gallery and the 1892 Bremer car, which is claimed to be the first British-built petrol car.
Bars and pubs in Leyton and Leytonstone
Situated in the Old Town Hall, Leyton Technical originally launched as a pop-up pub during the 2012 London Olympics, but was so popular with the locals that it stayed put. They serve food daily until 10pm (6pm on Sun), have live music every Sunday, monthly comedy and a weekly Wednesday quiz.