We’re heading over to the humble suburbs of Leytonstone this week (birthplace of Sir Derek Jacobi and Alfred Hitchcock thank you very much). If you’re a history buff, you might already know that Leytonstone has deep roots to Roman times. The name itself was given by the Roman 10th legion and Roman archaeological features have been found in the area too. Back to today though, here’s our must-visit spots.
All You Read is Love
This three-in-one gem is an independent bookshop, café and bar. Keep checking their website for great regular events. Ps, the coffee is real good.
877 High Rd Leytonstone, London E11 1HR
A stones throw from the tube station, Luna offers live music of all kinds and from all over the globe; from Mahadev OK (a French songwriter) to Turkish composer Arman Ratip. It’s the perfect place to widen your music horizons.
7 Church Lane, Leytonstone, London, E11 1HG
Be at one with nature in Hollow Ponds where you can hire a rowing boat, cycle around the lakes or enjoy a picnic. The perfect city escape (without going too far).
Whipps Cross Rd, London, E11 1NP
One of the best traditional pubs around with a great selection of cask and keg ales. There is something to please everyone – our top choice is the Beef Massaman Curry.
24 Browning Rd, Leytonstone, London E11 3AR
Wild Goose Bakery
The warm rustic settings (along with the bone china teacups) make Wild Goose Bakery our fave friendly place. Local artists are welcome to display their work so you can sip your tea among some fantastic art.
654 High Road Leytonstone, Leytonstone, London, E11 3AA
Le Petit Corner
A fabulous unassuming café that is a great meeting spot for catch-ups, work-time or some alone time with a special area dedicated to entertaining the toddlers. The staff are delightful, catering to all needs (including almond milk requests) and the homely food is so welcoming.
Le Petit Corner, 734 High Road Leytonstone, Leytonstone, E11 3AW
For any movie buffs Leytonstone is a sweet, sweet treat with a few odes to Hitchcock around the area – you just need to find them. Be sure to check out the mosaics at the tube station, a striking building with birds artwork around 517 Leytonstone High Road and finish off with a pint at the Hitchcock Hotel.
Written by Nikki