Hello, I'm looking for words of wisdom from others who have made the move to Upper Leytonstone. We live in Stoke Newington, and love it, but cannot afford to buy a house here. We've pretty much decided on Gwyn Jones primary school for our DS and I liked the feel of Upper Leytonstone when we looked around but I need to be sure that's the right thing to do for my sanity's sake before we make the move! DP is uber relaxed about the area but more concerned about the school. Any thoughts?
I have a friend with a DD at Gwyn Jones and she seems very happy with it. They are moving out of the area, but feel sad to be leaving the school. She has only done 1.5 terms so not long. Look at the catchment area for Gwyn Jones though because it is not huge and I believe it has a mini catchment area. It is also very popular, although I believe they are going to a 2 form entry now.
Upper Leytonstone is nice and has some lovely houses.
I expect Leytonstone will feel very different to Stoke Newington, but it is a friendly place.
Leytonstone is pretty different to SN but it really depends on what you are looking for.....
I have lived in Leytonstone for a few years now. Always found it friendly and relaxed. There are a lot of lovely houses on pretty, tree lined streets. There are a few good restaurants and cafes. A bit lacking in good pubs but there is new stuff opening all the time (Red Lion pub being re-opened this week).
What is it you are worried about in particular?
Good luck with your move and hope your DS settles in to school well.
Thanks for everyone's responses. We're moving on 1st August as we love the area, it seems relaxed, the streets are lovely and we can afford to buy somewhere next year. I think I was more worried how I'd feel about moving away from friends and having everything we wanted on our doorstep on Church Street than concerns about Leytonstone itself. But, note to self, there is life beyond Stoke Newington ;-)
Thanks Charly, we'll head to the school fair, and Adair, I've checked out the websites for Hornbeam Cafe and Organic Lea, and can't thank you enough for the tips! Any more local knowledge you think of, please feel free to PM me!
E17 Art Trail Great stretch of charity shops from oxfam (nr st james st) to Wilkinsons on Walthamstow high st Ye old rose and crown (walthamstow) le Delice cafe (walthamstow) Brooks Farm (and fab adventure playground) Haven't been to the leisure Lagoon yet www.walthamforest.gov.uk has a great thing called My Place where you can put in your postcode and see local parks etc... Am still discovering!!
I used to live in Upper Leytonstone and Stokey, moving back to Leytonstone hopefully soon.. Dont know if anyone can recommend any child minders in that area? We have see the usual nurseries but want to consider more options.