Birthplace of film legend Alfred Hitchcock, this lovely area of East London has a fantastic selection of green spaces, independent businesses, cafes, and restaurants to explore.

A great variety of exceptional restaurants can be found at the High Road, including Singburi, a family-run Thai restaurant that was named Time Out London's Restaurant of 2021. You’ll also find Guardian-reviewed, ‘astonishingly good’ Homies on Donkeys for authentic Mexican tacos.

The area is well-connected by public transport, making it an excellent option for commuters. Via the Central Line, there is easy access to Central, West London, Stratford, Westfield shopping centre, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

You can escape the hustle and bustle of city life by visiting green spaces such as Wanstead Flats and Hollow Ponds, providing a peaceful retreat.

Yard Sale Pizza

622 High Road Leytonstone, London  E11 3DA

Eat in, takeaway or delivery – the choice is yours. What isn’t up for discussion though is the awesomeness of the pizzas. Try the Herb Your Enthusiasm -it’s a vegetarian delight!

The Rear Window Restaurant

147 Whipps Cross Rd, London  E11 1NP

Located in The Hitchcock Hotel (hence the name – get it?), this is a fab neighbourhood brasserie and bar, rooted in E11 but inspired by West London, with the founders being alumni of The Ivy.

The Olive

25-27 Kirkdale Rd, Bushwood, London  E11 1HP

This is a fantastic restaurant if you love the authentic charcoal grilled flavours of the Med. Great for both lunch and dinner, it’s also opposite Leytonstone station – very handy!

Unity Cafe

8 Richmond Rd, London  E11 4BA

The almond croissants from this cafe on Richmond Road must be tasted to be believed. But be warned – one is never enough! Pair them with a delicious coffee, or sit in and sample the rest of the menu – it’s great too!

Homies on Donkeys

686 High Rd Leytonstone, Bushwood, London  E11 3AA

A local taqueria, it has graffiti on the walls, hip hop beats coming through the speakers, food full of colour and flavour, and Chef Smokey somewhere in the background trying to crack a joke, Seriously, what’s not to like???

Filly Brook

392 Grove Green Rd, London E11 4AP

Named after Leytonstone’s hidden river and located in Drill Hall, Filly Brook is a brilliant space to hang out in, whether for a drink, great food, or fantastic live music.

Hollow Ponds

Whipps Cross Road, Leytonstone, London  E11 1NP

If you fancy going all Wind in the Willows and “messing about in a boat”, then this is the place for you. Hire a row boat in the summer and take a trip across the water, maybe with an ice cream in hand!

Wanstead Flats

Wanstead Flats, Centre Road, London  E7 0EF

Wanstead Flats is a large area of open grassland, forming the southern-most portion of Epping Forest. Famed as a site for travelling fairs, it’s the perfect space for walking the dog or clearing the head with a morning run

The North Star

24 Browning Rd, Bushwood, London  E11 3AR

A hidden gem, this pub was originally two cottages that were converted into a public house around 1858, and is one of the oldest drinking establishments in the area. The perfect spot for a quiet pint.

The Red Lion

640 High Rd Leytonstone, Bushwood, London  E11 3AA

It describes itself as eclectic, warm and welcoming - we couldn’t have put it better ourselves! A pub since 1870, it has all the charm of an old boozer, plus a great food menu to boot.

The Leytonstone Tavern

119 Harrow Rd, London  E11 3PX

An independent local pub and dining room, with a menu focused on sustainably sourced produce, this is a favourite of those living in both Forest Gate and Leytonstone. Check out the Sunday roasts – they’re really, really good!

The Rookwood Village

314 Cann Hall Rd, London  E11 3NW

Set on Cann Hall Road, this pub offers something for everyone – a wide range of drinks, great pub grub, and large screen TVs for when the big match is on. There’s also a pub garden for when the nights are long and warm.

The Birds

692 High Rd Leytonstone, London E11 3AA

Another hang out with a name inspired by local lad Alfred Hitchcock, this pub is the perfect place to stop off for a crafty beer and a natter on the way home. Check out the quiz and comedy nights too – they are always a riot!

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