The East London suburb of Woodford is particularly popular with young families, thanks to its large selection of good-quality schools. But it’s also fast becoming a hotspot for professional renters looking for postcodes away from the hustle and bustle of inner London.
With shopping amenities aplenty, nearby open spaces and good travel connections into the heart of London, it’s easy to see why so many are casting their eyes in the direction of Woodford. It’s a place that’s proud of its history, too, with benches engraved in stories of the famous people who have called Woodford home in the past.
But what’s it really like living in this pocket of East London? In this London guide, we’re heading to Woodford to discover its history, houses and what to expect if you call the IG8 postcode home.
On a map
Woodford is located in East London and is divided into four neighbourhoods: Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge, Woodford Wells and South Woodford. It falls under the borough of Redbridge and is in the county of Essex. Woodford is 9.5 miles from Charing Cross.
Woodford was made up of agrarian villages in the Middle Ages and formed part of Epping Forest. However, from 1700 onwards, it became a residence for the wealthy who had business in London but wanted a peaceful escape from the city.
As a result, Woodford has become known as the geographical and social high point of East London. During the 20th century, Woodford increased its population and formed part of the London Borough of Redbridge in Greater London in 1965.
Who lives there?
Woodford has a population of around 45,000 and a median age of 38 years old. It’s hugely popular with families who enjoy the green surroundings and community atmosphere. An increasing number of single renters are also moving into the area. Currently, around 36% of residents rent their home.
Renting in Woodford
There are plenty of properties from the Victorian, Edwardian, Twenties and Thirties era in Woodford. The rental market is ever-expanding, with one and two-bedroom flats in modern blocks becoming increasingly popular with those who want to escape inner London.
Expect to pay around £1,000 per month for a one-bedroom home in Woodford, £1,300 per month for a two-bedroom apartment. Three-bed-and-up properties start in the region of £1,600 per month.
You’re well connected if you’re living in Woodford, thanks to two tube stations (Woodford and South Woodford) offering 20-minute services to Bank and half-hour trains to Oxford Street. Motorists are particularly spoiled, with the North Circular, M25 and M11 all within close proximity. Woodford is located in travel Zone 4.
Eateries in Woodford
Stop by Nino’s for some authentic Italian cuisine. This charming restaurant has a range of classic dishes that will keep you coming back for more. Located on a busy high street, Nino’s fills up quickly. You might want to phone ahead.
Dine at George Woodford and enjoy classic pub grub with a range of real ales. There’s a terrace area where you can bask in the sun during the warmer months, plus sport showing on the big screen.
Lokkum Bar & Grill
Enjoy a stylish meal at Lokkum Bar & Grill, where you will find grilled meats and plenty of Turkish fare set in a welcoming and chic setting. Once you’ve finished dining, head to the bar area and sample the cocktails on offer.
Things to do in Woodford
Open spaces surround Woodford, so you’re never far away from getting back to nature. Wander Epping Forest with its 8,000 acres of ancient oak trees, peacocks and cycle routes.
Discover the local area in George Lane, where there are chain shops like M&S as well as a range of independents. There’s also an impressive International Supermarket serving a range of delights from Turkey and beyond.
Redbridge Drama Centre
Catch a show at Redbridge Drama Centre, where there's plenty of productions in the form of dance, theatre, music and children’s shows. It’s a charming little community theatre, and you can really get a feel for the local area when you watch a performance.
Moving to Woodford
It’s easy to see why so many people are choosing to move to Woodford. With scenic settings on the outskirts, a strong sense of community and excellent travel links into the heart of London, Woodford has everything you need without taking you too far out of the capital.