Wanstead Local Area Guide

Wanstead is the place where a plethora of expansive green spaces converge with family-friendly dining establishments and cosy coffee shops, complemented by highly rated schools and a vibrant artistic atmosphere. For young parents, this locale effortlessly ticks off every item on their wish list.

Weary of the trendy allure of Hackney and Hoxton, young families are finding solace in the welcoming embrace of Wanstead. Embraced by the expansive greenery of Wanstead Flats, Wanstead Park, and Epping Forest, this East London suburb unfolds its charm along a picturesque High Street adorned with quaint coffee shops. Here, parents with strollers convene with friends before embarking on leisurely, foliage-filled strolls, accompanied by their family dogs.

Property in Wanstead

Wanstead offers a diverse architectural landscape, boasting Victorian, Edwardian, and Twenties houses, as well as Thirties flats and period conversions. Notably, Aldersbrook Road in the Aldersbrook conservation area hosts a luxurious £1.9 million Edwardian house. The charm extends to the Lake House Estate, featuring enchanting Edwardian terrace houses overlooking Wanstead Flats.

South of Wanstead Park lies The Warren Estate, characterized by picturesque Twenties houses and grand detached properties along St Mary’s Avenue. The Counties estate, nestled between the High Street and the North Circular road, showcases semi-detached Edwardian houses, some with double fronts.

Wanstead village, in the Wanstead Grove conservation area, reveals The Counties estate with Warwick, Hereford, Rutland, Gloucester, and Buckingham Roads, housing semi-detached Edwardian residences. Meanwhile, Victorian two to three-bedroom houses in the heart of Wanstead village attract young families.

The Gothic clock tower of the former Wanstead Hospital stands as a local landmark on Hermon Hill. Converted in the Nineties, its listed hospital buildings now offer contemporary flats, exemplifying Wanstead's blend of past and present.

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Wanstead Transport Links

Wanstead benefits from strategic transport links, with Wanstead Tube station anchoring one end of the High Street and Snaresbrook Tube station situated at the opposite end. Operating on the Central line, these stations provide efficient train connections to the City and West End, catering to the commuting needs of residents. Both stations fall within Zone 4, and for those traveling to Zone 1, an annual travelcard costs £2,340 at the time of writing. While Wanstead may lack direct commuter buses, the No?308 route passing through nearby Stratford opens up access to a myriad of transportation options, further enhancing the connectivity of this vibrant neighbourhood.

Wanstead Local Facilities


Wanstead stands as an educational haven, providing a range of schools that contribute to the community's commitment to excellence in learning. The local educational landscape is diverse, offering options for families seeking high-quality education in a nurturing environment. From primary schools fostering foundational skills to secondary institutions preparing students for future endeavours, Wanstead's schools are integral to the area's appeal for families. Each institution reflects a dedication to academic achievement, extracurricular enrichment, and a supportive community ethos. Explore the educational opportunities available in Wanstead through the following schools:

  • Wanstead Church School
  • Aldersbrook Primary School
  • Nightingale Primary School
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
  • Wanstead High School
  • Snaresbrook Primary School

Post Offices

  • Wanstead Post Office
  • 75-77, High Street Wanstead, London E11 2AE
  • Open Monday to Saturday 08:45 - 17:30

GP Surgeries

Wanstead Place Surgery

  • 45 Wanstead Pl, London E11 2SW
  • Tel: 020 8989 1968

The Evergreen Surgery

  • 26 High St., London E11 2AQ
  • Tel: 020 8518 8746


The nearest NHS hospital with an A&E department is King George Hospital in Ilford.

  • Barley Ln, Ilford IG3 8YB
  • Tel: 0330 400 4333
  • Open 24 hours

Community Centres

Wanstead Youth Centre

  • 144 Elmcroft Ave, London E11 2DB
  • Tel: 020 8989 1711

Wanstead House Community Centre

  • Wanstead House Community Association, London E11 2NT
  • Tel: 020 8989 3693

Wanstead Leisure Centre

Wanstead Leisure Centre caters to both sports clubs and fitness enthusiasts throughout the year, offering a diverse range of events and special promotions. Operating in partnership with Wanstead High School, this dual-use facility presents an inclusive environment for the community. The fully equipped gym appeals to a wide audience, complemented by an array of fitness classes conducted in both the gym and gymnasium. Badminton enthusiasts find the sports hall to be a popular choice, with online bookings and reception services available for court reservations. Additionally, the facility welcomes inquiries for hiring the sports hall or gymnasium for activities such as 5-a-side football, basketball, and more, showcasing its versatility and commitment to fostering an active and engaged community.

  • 94 Redbridge Ln W, London E11 2JZ
  • Tel: 020 8989 1172

Pick of the Best Things to Do in Wanstead

Embarking on a culinary and cultural journey through Wanstead unveils a tapestry of delightful experiences. The dining scene is a harmonious blend of flavours and atmospheres, from cosy cafes perfect for a lazy weekend brunch to sophisticated eateries offering inventive dishes. Whether you're in the mood for artisanal coffee, delectable pastries, or a gastronomic adventure, Wanstead has it all. As the sun sets, the vibrant pulse of the local watering holes beckons, with an array of pubs and bars catering to diverse tastes. In this section, we'll guide you through the best places to savour exquisite meals, sip on crafted beverages, and explore the hidden gems that make Wanstead a haven for those seeking a blend of culinary delights and cultural exploration.

3 of the Best Restaurants in Wanstead

Here are the top three rated restaurants in Wanstead:

Filika Restaurant Wanstead

  • 62 High St., London E11 2RJ
  • Mediterranean cuisine
  • Rated 4.7 stars out of 5 on Google from 731 ratings

Provender Restaurant

  • 17 High St., London E11 2AA
  • French-style cafe and brasserie
  • Rated 4.6 stars out of 5 on Google from 728 ratings

OTTO Restaurant Bar

  • 44 High St., London E11 2RJ
  • Mediterranean restaurant
  • Rated 4.5 stars out of 5 on Google from 732 ratings

3 of the Best Pubs & Bars in Wanstead

Here are three highly rated places to enjoy a drink in Wanstead:

The Duke Wanstead

  • 79 Nightingale Ln, London E11 2EY
  • Dog-friendly with a beer garden
  • Families welcome
  • Sports TV & live music
  • Rated 4.4 stars out of 5 on Google from 816 ratings

Nightingale on the Green

  • 51 Nightingale Ln, London E11 2EY
  • Outdoor seating
  • Live music
  • Bar food
  • Rated 4.3 stars out of 5 on Google from 349 ratings

The George (JD Wetherspoon)

  • 155-159 High St., London E11 2RL
  • Budget meals for families
  • Outdoor seating
  • Rated 4.2 stars out of 5 on Google from 1800+ ratings

3 of the Best Places to Visit in Wanstead

Highlights for a day out in Wanstead include:

Wanstead Park

Wanstead Park, an idyllic oasis within Wanstead, invites visitors to immerse themselves in a serene natural haven. Adorned with sprawling greenery, tranquil lakes, and historic features, the park offers a picturesque retreat for those seeking respite from the urban bustle. Steeped in history, the park boasts remnants of its former grandeur, including the iconic Wanstead House. Nature enthusiasts can wander through ancient woodlands, while the ornate Grotto and the Temple provide glimpses into the park's rich past. Whether strolling along the water's edge, exploring hidden pathways, or simply enjoying a peaceful picnic, Wanstead Park stands as a captivating destination for a leisurely day amidst nature's beauty.

Jubilee Pond

Nestled in the heart of Wanstead, Jubilee Pond emerges as a charming destination for those seeking tranquility by the water's edge. This idyllic pond, surrounded by lush greenery and reflective willows, offers a peaceful respite from the urban hustle. Its serene ambiance creates a perfect backdrop for leisurely walks, birdwatching, or simply unwinding on the grassy banks. Jubilee Pond's allure extends to its thriving ecosystem, providing a haven for various waterfowl and wildlife. Whether seeking a quiet moment of reflection or a family-friendly outing, Jubilee Pond stands as a serene gem, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in nature's embrace just a stone's throw away from Wanstead's vibrant community.

Hit the High Street for the Best Wanstead Shopping

Wanstead unfolds as a delightful destination for discerning shoppers, boasting a charming array of boutiques, specialty stores, and eclectic shops that add to the unique character of this East London enclave. The High Street, brimming with local flair, beckons with a diverse collection of independent shops, from quaint fashion boutiques to artisanal craft stores. Whether perusing antique treasures, selecting fresh produce at the local markets, or discovering bespoke items in the boutiques, Wanstead offers a personalized and unhurried shopping experience. The community spirit is palpable, and the welcoming storefronts invite exploration, making each shopping excursion an opportunity to uncover hidden gems and support the vibrant local businesses that contribute to Wanstead's distinct charm.

Wanstead Council Tax

Wanstead is controlled by Redbridge Council Tax bands and charges.

All properties in the Redbridge area are in 8 Council Tax bands from A – H, with most recent rates at the time of writing shown below.

Council Tax bands for London Borough of Redbridge

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