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Forest Gate London Guide

13 January 2021 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

Roads of Victorian houses, a conservation area and solid travel links are what you can expect if you're moving to Forest Gate. This East London suburb has grown in popularity over the years, becoming an affordable alternative to nearby areas like Canary Wharf and Stratford.  

An easy commute to the City means you can be in London's Square Mile in no time at all. And living in Forest Gate lets you enjoy an escape from the busy hustle and bustle found in the centre of the capital.  

Throw in the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), and Forest Gate's appeal increases further. But what's living in this East London neighbourhood really like? In this guide, we're exploring Forest Gate and everything you need to know about living in the E7 postcode. 

On a map

Forest Gate is a residential area in East London, in the London Borough of Newham. It's seven miles from Charing Cross and features West and East Ham, Stratford, Leytonstone and Barking as neighbours. 

History of Forest Gate

West Ham parish registers first mentioned the name "Forest Gate" in the late 17th century. It references a gate placed across the modern Woodford Road used to prevent cattle from straying. 

Forest Gate remained rural until the mid-19th century when transport options brought more access to the neighbourhood. However, before then, the area was mainly used by wealthy city dwellers who owned large country houses and would retreat to them on the weekends.

Who lives there? 

There is a population of around 45,000 in Forest Gate, and has a relatively young median age of 32. The area is popular with renters, and more than 60% of residents rent their home in the E7 postcode. 

Renting in Forest Gate

Forest Gate homes

You will mostly find Victorian houses in Forest Gate, many of which have been converted into apartments. There is also a selection of semi-detached and detached homes in the Woodgrange Estate conservation area. 

A smattering on new developments can also be found in and around the area, such as Upton Gardens in Green Street. Over the next couple of years, development will increase with a plethora of brand new homes including redevelopment of the Boleyn Ground, West Ham United's former football stadium. 

Expect to pay around £1,050 for a one-bedroom home in Forest Gate, £1,250 for a two-bedroom apartment, and £1,600 for a three-bedroom property. 

Forest Gate travel

Forest Gate station

The area is served by Forest Gate train station, which directly services Liverpool Street in just 10 minutes. Upton Park, with its Hammersmith & City Line service, is the nearest tube station. While Forest Gate, Manor Park and Maryland will all have a stop on the Elizabeth Line when it opens. 

Forest Gate eateries

Forest Tavern

Forest Tavern outside patio

Located on Forest Lane, the Forest Tavern is a wood furnished boozer with a shabby-chic feel. Stop by for some delightful pub grub or knock back a few bevvies. 

Tromsø E7

Head to railway arch just off Cranmer Road to experience Scandi delights at Tromso E7. This cafe serves everything from homemade cinnamon buns to cakes and has a constantly-changing seasonal breakfast menu. 

Burgess & Hall Wines

Burgess & Hall Wines interior

Enjoy an evening out at Burgess & Hall Wines, whether you're going on a date night or sipping back some tasty reds with friends. There's also tasting events that you can attend throughout the year.  

Things to do in Forest Gate

The Gate

The Gate is a community centre and library with plenty of events to attend. Embrace art and culture while taking an active part in Forest Gate's local community. And don't forget to check out a book or two at the library. 

Wanstead Flats

Wanstead Flats

Part of Epping Forest, Wanstead Flats has acres of heathland, which is ideal for a peaceful scenic stroll. You'll feel like you're a million miles away from London while walking through this popular open space in East London. 

Woodgrange Market

Located on the corner of Sebert Road, Woodgrange Market runs every Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Browse the stalls and find everything from fruit, veg, hot & cold foods, crafts, jewellery, vintage clothes & collectables.

Moving to Forest Gate

This little East London gem will appeal to a wide range of tastes, thanks to its charming period homes, open spaces and strong community vibes. If you're looking for new digs in East London, then Forest Gate should definitely be on your list of neighbourhoods to call home in the capital. 

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