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Leyton and Leytonstone area guide

Keep busy in E10 and E11 with Time Out's guide to restaurants, bars, pubs and things to do in Leyton and Leytonstone

Leyton High Road

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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Marmelo Kitchen
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Marmelo Kitchen

An independent restaurant serving delicious-looking food that's the brainchild of Natalie Stopford, who started Marmelo as a preserves business before growing to Marmelo Kitchen.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
The Wild Goose Bakery
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The Wild Goose Bakery

A bakery with space to sit down for a cuppa.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
All You Read Is Love
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All You Read Is Love

A super ace little café cum book shop out east that serves up homemade sweets and savouries, as well as the usual hot beverages. Run by a brother and sister duo, Karen and Anders, who also host poetry events, craft nights, book readings and live music.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Luna Lounge

Luna Lounge

Venue says: “Independent live music venue in east London. Free live music seven nights a week.”

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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The Duke
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The Duke

A family-friendly pub and restaurant that hosts children's events as well as the usual stuff for the grown-ups (steak night, £3-a-pint happy hours, Saturday brunch).

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Leyton and Leytonstone

Urfa Ocakbasi
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Urfa Ocakbasi

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.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Oceano Restaurant

A popular little Leyton restaurant serving informal Portuguese food.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Hornbeam Café
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Hornbeam Café

N.B. The Hornbeam is now running as a partnership with local food business Norman Loves. The café continues to serve vegetarian and vegan food with much of the veg locally grown by Waltham Forest-based workers co-operative Organiclea. The review below was written before the re-launch. The wall outside the Hornbeam is lined with part-used paint pots for the taking, and adverts for cheap scaffolding boards. Inside, the walls are covered in adverts for yoga and tai chi classes, and information on how to live sustainably. So, no question of where this café’s heart lies. The welcome is friendly, the atmosphere relaxed and the food mainly sourced from OrganicLea. Even the bread is own-made by the Hornbeam Bakers’ Collective. The daily changing menu is short, comprising on our visit of a soup, a tabouleh dish and a salad – though toast and a host of cakes, including banana bread, were also available. The food isn’t especially adventurous, but it is fresh, wholesome and satisfying. There’s free wi-fi and bread for sale, as well as a variety of chutneys and jams, even some hand-carved wooden paraphernalia. Exciting? No, but we can’t help liking this place.  

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Restaurants

Marmelo Kitchen

An independent restaurant serving delicious-looking food that's the brainchild of Natalie Stopford, who started Marmelo as a preserves business before growing to Marmelo Kitchen.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Things to do in Leyton and Leytonstone

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East London Sausage Company

A sausage company in East London which, as well as supplying some of the area’s hippest restaurants, also sells meaty treats of all sorts over the counter at its Walthamstow shop

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Museums

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.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars

Bars and pubs in Leyton and Leytonstone

The Red Lion
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The Red Lion

Craft beer pub with a large garden, stocking bottles from Brewdog, Beavertown, Flying Dog and many more

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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The North Star

A wood-clad boozer in a residential area, with a beer garden out back.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Leyton Technical

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.

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Queen's Arms
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Queen's Arms

As E17 grows in popularity among young home-buyers, we’d expect a few more places like this rather smart corner gastropub to begin appearing. At the moment, it’s a bit of an oasis, with food a good few notches above trad pub grub (home-cured herring with creme fraiche, say, or calf’s liver with polenta and spinach). At the bar, a rotating array of real ales and a good wine list (with carafes perfect for a gentle weeknight meal) keep drinkers happy. It welcomes kids at certain times - they’d be mad not to, around here - which means it’s not always the place for a contemplative pint, but there are other pubs around Walthamstow for that. We like the Queen’s Arms: it’s just the right balance between posh and prosaic.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
3 out of 5 stars
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