Town Centre

Leytonstone High Road looking south towards the libraryShopping

Shopping is centred around the station and Church Lane and the length of High Road, Leytonstone which stretches from the Green Man roundabout (The Green Man is now ‘Oneill’s’).  There is a mix of independent shops and large household names and in the  E11 Market and Organiclea market stalls on Saturdays and a new vegetable market which started in 2013 near the Green Man.

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There is an increasingly wide variety of places to eat and drink, more details are in Eating out.

Leytonstone library

Note: Waltham Forest Council has announced that Leytonstone Library Plus will be closed between Monday 20 October 2014 until September 2015 while library improvement work is carried out.

Leytonstone library seen from St John's churchyardLeytonstone library in Church Lane also includes a meeting room that can be booked for events and is used by Leytonstone Film Club (see Free time).

Some council services can be accessed in the library.


Local businesses have come together with the Council to create a Business Improvement District.

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Stone Space art gallery

Next to the library entrance is the small but lively art gallery Stone Space which opened in 2012. See Free time for more information about arts in Leytonstone.


The Woodhouse Players put on regular productions at the Welsh Church Hall. See Free time.


Leytonstone tube station (Zone 3, Central Line) is right in the town centre and there are bus stations either side of the station. There are two small car parks near the station, and Tesco’s and Matalan have large car parks but car congestion is problem and using public transport is much better. The Leytonstone High Road London Overground station forms the unofficial southern boundary of the town centre area and is on the Gospel Oak/Barking Line and connects with Blackhorse Road station on the Victoria Line.

More information:

  • Central line map showing travel times into central London on the About page.
  • See the transport links at the bottom of this page.

St John’s Church

St John's Church, Town CentreAt the heart of the town centre is St John the Baptist Church which in recent years has created an historic walk around the church grounds and provided seating, making this a peaceful green oasis.

The church tower renovations were completed in 2011 and the tower is sometimes open for anyone who wants to climb to the top for a panoramic view.

More information: St John the Baptist website

Leytonstone town centre map