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What's your favourite thing in Leytonstone?

We want to know what you love most about this north east London area and why!

The next stop in our weekly series of area guides will be: Leytonstone. So have a think about your favourite places to eat, drink, party, stroll, relax and generally enjoy life in the  area and tell us where you'd recommend in the comments below.



I've got to also recommend the Northcote. Since taking over almost year ago, Tuesday has turned the pub from your average east end boozer to the most welcoming pub in London. There used to be more TV screens than beers but now with just the one screen remaining the emphasis is on enjoying your time down the pub. Whether that be chatting to Tuesday, Gary et al over a pint of real ale, cocktail or cold lager, sipping (or glugging) your pint in the garden while admiring the awesome new mural, meeting other locals, shopping in the market, listening to live music or splitting your sides laughing at Drag Out Your Sunday, this is now a destination pub, a heart of the local area and run by people who will become your friends not just purveyors of your favourite tipple. 

In short, the Northcote is exactly what a pub should be. 

Christine J

If you're looking to live in an area that is balanced, with a great feeling of community spirit then Leytonstone gets it just right. Take a stroll through Bushwood and you might get a taste of this. Being 10-20 minutes from Central London, Hackney, South East London, Walthamstow, Wanstead and Maryland (Crossrail pending), Stratford (which is due to fall into Zone 2 in the near future...plus, with the high speed train from Stratford International getting you to St.Pancras in 6 minutes), you can't go wrong. Step out of Leytonstone station and you'll find St.John the Baptist Church, designed by the 19th century architect Edward Blore. Cross the road and you'll find the well-known Red Lion pub by Antic. Then move on to the newly opened Little Saigon Vietnamese restaurant. A welcome addition to the area, they serve up a cracking Beef Special Pho. Rigorous testing of this dish over and over again confirms that it definitely passes with flying colours. Still hungry? Try Panda for dim sum that doesn't taste like it has been taken out of the freezer and heated up. And it's true that the Wildgoose Bakery is responsible for keeping the area spoilt and well fed with their quality cakes. However, my favourite neighbourhood joint is definitely Singburi near the Overground station. Like Leytonstone, its atmosphere is pretty informal, relaxed and unfussy. But, the standard of cooking, and authenticity of flavours never falls below expectations. And that is how I see Leytonstone, an area that is welcoming to all (it has managed to bypass that hipster vibe stage that you tend to notice elsewhere in London) being particularly family friendly, including the old, the young, the professionals, the creatives, the serious and the crazies. All the while, it continually strives to satisfy the hunger of all its dwellers and visitors, and it does so with aplomb.

Kelly T

The Northcote on Grove Green Road is a must, always made to feel welcome with a friendly atmosphere. The new landlord Tuesday is a true Londoner and puts her all into coming up with quirky ideas to keep the punters entertained. A visit is highly recommended.

James H

Sunday nights in Leytonstone wouldn't be the same without drag cabaret at The Northcote on Grove Green Road. It's a great way to round off the weekend and they often have other stuff going on as well. It's the only pub I know in the area to break from boring "safe" nights like quizzes and karaoke to put on events like dog shows, stand up comedy, blind date and bake offs. On top of that, the staff are great and there's always a friendly welcome.


Hollow ponds is always nice (when it isnt spontaneously combusting). Panda and the star of india have the best food, and the leytonstone festival is fun and free to go to...

Stacey WM

The Laura Lea Design Boutique next to Leytonstone tube! A treasure trove of beautiful artwork, homewares and jewellery, many pieces created by East London artists. A fantastic new addition to the area, long may it stay!

Viviana J

Pub called Plough and Harrow, as it is amazing, with quality food for affordable price plus nice atmosphere! Definitely worth a visit, they cook Slovakian food and have large beer garden, with so many interesting events including Comedy happening throughout a year and famous Alfred Hitchcock's house is literally around the corner for scenery :) 

Andrew V

Moved here 2 years ago.. pick of the bunch has to be Luna Lounge. Great relaxed safe atmosphere with zero tolerance to trouble. Predominantly a live music venue with 2 stages, downstairs for gigs and upstairs for more intimate or acoustic performers... like chilling out in your front room. The locals are really friendly & welcoming, have met loads of interesting and different people. Nice to see a genuine venue supporting musicians and artists.

Mary K

If you want to get away from it you can get the Central line into London via Stratford which has a good transport hub or drive out eastwards or south eastwards very easily. Percy Ingles, a not vast chain of bakers on this side of town, makes good bread and sells nice cakes too.

james h

So much to choose from and all only a short but hot and sweaty trip on the central line to London;

All you can read is love for coffee and books

Keraspice for authentic south indian food, check out their dosa! 

Panda for Dim sum

Singburi for Thai 

Eel and Pie for Pie, Mash and liquor

The red lion for beers, once playing host to an impromptu cockney knees up version of Parklife from Damon Albarn (youtube it)

The north star for a proper east end boozer with Muga serving stone baked pizza in their beer garden

Sunflower cafe for coffee and crepes

Hollow pond, bush wood, Wanstead flats and Wanstead park all on your doorstep

Joanna H

All you Read is Love sell graphic novels and the like alongside their cake and coffee offerings. They have amazing vintage posters adorning the walls and always have great music playing (Bowie, Neutral Milk Hotel, Velvet Underground). They also host events in the evening and are super friendly to us customers.

Lucy A

Wanstead Flats and Park - you would never know you were in London. Wonderful in every season, bluebells in the spring, ice creams from the hut in the summer and crossing the empty ponds to the islands in the winter.

Panda - wonderful dim sum, BYOB, fantastic value/service

San Marino - classic cafe, family run, great homemade dishes

Wild Goose Bakery - great cakes and coffee

Efes - new addition to the high road, excellent ocakbasi 

The North Star - but please don't tell everyone. An absolute blinder of a boozer, east london at its heart. 

Suja K

Luna lounge is great for live music and international drinks. A very diverse vibe

Rita R

Wood-fired pizza in the North Star’s beer-garden – it’s on a road lined with Georgian cottages and picket fences (really!). The Wild Goose Bakery; best bread. The quiet of Bush Wood & Wanstead Park. ‘What’s Cookin’; an eclectic blues/country/rock night that’s been going for over a decade. Tasty and affordable restaurants, namely; Panda for dim sum and Singburi for Thai. The sense of community.

Marianna M

Luna lounge as many have said is fantastic!! Great live music and have met a lot of local people now from being at this venue :)

Singburi is definitely my favourite restaurant so far in the area - great Thai food.

David A

All You Read is Love bookshop cafe and cocktail place at the top of the high road. Panda for amazing Chinese food. Burgess and Hall wine tasting events. Wild Geese Bakery for sourdough bread. Red Lion's beer garden, and beer. And the much missed, but apparently soon to return, @Fillybrook for stellar coffee and late night drinks. And the Wanstead Flats for nature and the occasional run. 

Magda La M

Not living in Leytonstone anymore but... Red Lion is great for a night out as much as Luna Lounge with great live music. 

Panda the Chinese  family restaurant with no more than 7 tables where I had the best prawn dumplings on the planet. They do take aways too but no deliveries sadly. Walking distance to ponds near Whips Cross is a great thing during heat waves.

And obviously people... Leytonstone is full of individuals to love. Mr Tomas, Pranksy, Andrew. If you're Leytonstoner you just know them... :)

Tomas I

Luna Lounge ! stylish, always nice live music, friendly people ! 

Romanas O

Luna lounge, free music all the time!!!decent open mike nights too!!!

Erika K

Luna Lounge for sure! Live music 4 days a week?! Yes ,and  it's totally free of charge! Anything from jazz, acoustic,blues,soul,rock... there is something for everyones taste!

Louisa T

The North Star: the best pub of Leytonstone!

It is a perfect combination of great selection of ales, amazing atmosphere, I would say a pub with a real character!

And more than that,excellent friendly staff which gives life to this familial local pub situated in the conservation area of Leytonstone.

For me who is not English, it is the definition of the real English pub as I have always imagined it!

J. C

Another great thing in terms of local culture and the Arts is our very own Leytonstone PopUp Cinema! A little gem for local film lovers away from the big multiplexes in the very same birthplace of Sir Alfred Hitchcock.

Margen G

All You Read is Love for live events and cocktails

North Star pub for great atmosphere, location and great Muga Pizza

Ex servicemen's club - What's cookin nights - for great venue & music, free entry and cheap booze

Efe's tasty and addordable Turkish food

Hooksmith Press for the funkiest prints around here

Leytonstone Festival for the best little festival in the area

Wansted Flats for the open space and long walks in the nature

Ceri W

A great little theatre group - Woodhouse Players - who put on eight shows a year at The Welsh Church Hall. And the Star of India, which is probably one of the best curry places I've ever been (and believe me, I've been to my fair share of curry places).

Brian M

Luna Lounge - Live music and a good selection of bottle beers. Cosy and intimate

Michael I

The new bookshop/cafe All You Read Is Love at the top of the high street is great, and they run loads of events with local talent and businesses: booze experts Burgess & Hall do fantastic regular wine/beer/whisky/cheese tastings there.

Darian L

My favourite thing about Leytonstone is the fabulous Northcote Arms on Grove Green Road. Since the new management started last year it has become THE hidden gem of the area. From the Toddler and Tea Mondays, where you can enjoy a cuppa or something stronger whilst the kids amuse themselves in the playroom, to the Tuesday Quiz, special events every Saturday (live music and guest DJs) to the legendary "Drag Out The Weekend" Sunday session where you can see the cream of London's drag/cabaret talent for free! There's something for everyone.

Trish O

Upstairs at The Birkbeck Tavern on Langthorne Road - the 3rd Friday of every month - A folk and acoustic music night with great atmosphere for £4 or £3 concessions - put on by Lost Horizons Music -

Faye L

My favourite thing about Leytonstone was that it was (just about) affordable. That ended about a year ago and now we have to move away so others wealthier than us can "eat, drink, party, stroll, relax and generally enjoy life in the area."

Liz D

Walk for miles across Wanstead Flats (where there's also a Parkrun on Saturdays). Hollow Ponds is popular for boating in summer.

Simon K

All You Read Is Love - this Danish-run bookshop/café/bar started as a pop-up but is now a permanent fixture. A fab place to sip coffee through the afternoon, and enjoy cocktails and live events (music, storytelling, etc) in the evenings.

Wild Goose Bakery - no up-and-coming neighbourhood is complete without somewhere to buy organic cupcakes! Their savoury scones are to die for.

What's Cookin' - it's not all trendy young things round here. This twice-weekly live music night has been serving up country-fried rock n roll since 2004. Now based in the Ex-Servicemen's Club every Wednesday and Sunday night, their annual picnic in the park is the highlight of the annual Leytonstone Festival.

Liz D

For Indian food, either the award-winning Star of India, or Keraspice for South Indian style food.

Ceri W

@Liz D Ooh... I'm a fan of the Star, but have never tried Keraspice! Thanks for the tip-off :)

Roberto B

We love living in Leytonstone! The Red Lion is probably the best pub in East London right now, with a  huge selection of beers and a fantastic Sunday Roast. Panda is the place to go to for super fresh (and cheap) dumplings, you also get a bonus chat from its really nice owner/chef. Singburi is great for authentic Thai food (book in advance) and don't miss The Olive and its huge grilled meat platters!

Kevin P

My favourite thing about Leytonstone is that it's not in South London (see your header)

Liz D

Leytonstone is buzzing with arts and crafts! Monthly markets held by Leyton&Stone Designers group at the lively Northcote pub in Grove Green Road  (www.leytonandstonedesigners.co.uk). Also the regular Stones Throw market at St John's Church Hall. And the outdoor Church Lane Market. And the weekly Saturday market outside Matalan. All filled with lovely things from local designers, makers, growers and bakers.