Eating out

Time Out article on Leytonstone and its best bits

“Leytonstone’s been tipped as a hot spot for a while now, but thankfully it’s escaped the Shoreditch-style makeover that most up-and-coming areas succumb to”

Read the full and very positive article on Timeout published on 15 August 2015.

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What’s on in Leytonstone

Some of the highlights of things happening in Leytonstone in the next week or two. There are also regular music events at many of the other pubs.

Friday 20 October

Luna Lounge

Friday Night at the Big Wheel, Luna Lounge.

What’s Cookin’ at the Birkbeck Tavern

The Birkbeck is under threat at the moment, so needs all the support it can get! What’s Cookin’ has a regular programme of events at the Birkbeck. Give them your support.

Sunset Tours at St John’s Church

Canary WharfThe season’cs coming to the end for these Thursday evening tours, so don’t miss your last opportunity to see the stunning views from the church tower.

Booking essential. Contact: St John’s Church.

18 October to 11 November

The Stone Space

Tumbled House exhibition. Check the Stone Space website for opening days and times.

Sunday, 4 November 2012, 16:00

The Stone Space is also inviting artists to submit works for an open call exhibition titled “Minutiae”. All types of media are welcome.

Saturday 20 October

Starting to have thoughts about Christmas shopping? The local shops need your support —take a look in Leytonstone first. The Lion Heart Market will also be outside the Red Lion this Saturday.

Leytonstone Community Garden

Leytonstone Community Garden before the clear up starts

Sunday 21 October

Transition Leytonstone Community Garden

Continue to clear site, this Sunday 10.30, 113 Harold Road.

2,3,9,10 November

Woodhouse Players

John Mortimer’s funny and poignant play A Voyage Round My Father 2, 3, 9, 10 November at the Welsh Church Hall E11 1HR.

Calling all collectors

Leytonstone (online) Museum is starting a new project Inside Leytonstone to document things that people in Leytonstone collect. See the Leytonstone Museum website for more information.

Hollow ponds Leytonstone

Happy Bank Holiday

Hollow ponds LeytonstoneThe Paralympics starts next week with the torch relay coming to Leyton on Wednesday evening to coincide with the reopening of the former Marsh Lane Playing Fields as the Jubilee Park. Entrance is free and there will be lots of activities to take part in.

If the weather is nice — and some sun is promised for the weekend — taking a boat out on Hollow Ponds is always a good way to enjoy the weather and you can buy teas, coffees, ice creams and quick food from three places by the pond or pop over the road for a full meal at the Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel.

Eel and Pie House Harrow Green LeytonstoneLeytonstone shops, restaurants and cafés would also welcome your custom, with a wide range of food on offer including English, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Romanian, Turkish/Greek/Mediterranean in the town centre, not forgetting the stylish Horizon Patisserie, through to the new Lithuanian Shepherd’s Inn pub right next door to a traditional East End Eel & Pie House in Harrow Green. And lots more besides.

Art exhibition

Although the Stone Space is closed for a summer break until 29 August, there’s a four week art exhibition in the temporary space outside Leytonstone tube called ‘Present’, so if you haven’t been already don’t miss it! The exhibition runs from 20 August to 17 September.

Saturday 25 August

The Lion Heart Market

… will be outside the Red Lion again this Saturday. The Lion Heart Market offers vintage, craft and hand-made and ‘not on the high street’ products from local people. The market is open from 10am to 6pm, and it costs nothing to browse! There’s wheelchair access to the pub and garden, a ground floor disabled toilet.

Thursdays

Sunset Tours at St John’s Church

The sun is setting earlier now so don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views from St John’s Church on their Thursday evening tours.

Looking ahead

Sunday 9 September, 2-4pm

Launch of Church Lane Community Garden

Church Lane Leytonstone, between the footbridge stairs and 111 Harold Road.

A chance for local people to come and see the proposed site and to contribute their ideas and sign up to get involved.

Sunday 16 September

OlivesCar Free Day

The annual Leytonstone Car Free Day is organised by the London Borough of Waltham Forest and will be on Sunday 16 September. There will be a mix of entertainment, local stalls and a French market.

Have a great Bank Holiday!

Shop in Leytonstone (Westfield part-closed Friday and Saturday)

Westfield Stratford CityWestfield Stratford City has sent a message out saying that it will have restricted opening today (Friday 3 August) and tomorrow (Saturday 4 August), because of the Olympics, so if you were thinking of shopping or going to a restaurant there — choose Leytonstone instead!

This is the email from Westfield:

“Games Organisers, including LOCOG, TfL and the Metropolitan Police, are implementing managed access to Westfield Stratford City for the high demand Games days, today Friday 3rd August, and Saturday 4th August.
On these days, all Olympic Park venues will be operational resulting in a large increase in the number of Olympic Games visitors.
 
To assist with the smooth running of the Games, Westfield is working with the Games organisers to allow Centre access to accredited personnel, hospitality visitors and Games ticket holders only between the hours of 10.30am and 5.00pm on these two busy days.
 
Outside these hours, Westfield Stratford City’s shops will be open to all visitors until 11.00pm and restaurants and leisure until 12:30am.
 
Extended trading hours will resume on Sunday 5th August with all shops open until 11:00pm and restaurants and leisure until 12:30am.”

Leytonstone Festival, Arts Trail and the Olympic Torch

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012Festival and Arts Trail

It’s the last weekend of Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail and there’s still a packed programme of Festival events and art appearing all over the area, not just in the 16 venues taking part but also in people’s windows and gardens.

With the sun reckoned to make a much delayed appearance it promises to be a perfect weekend to enjoy these events.

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Some of the pictures at Norlington Road Studios — it’s worth a visit as there are many more to see. Entry is free.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know.

The Stone Space is the headquarters for Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 and is showing samples from over 70 artists. You can collect a Trail Guide from The Stone Space and find out about the venues taking part in this year’s Arts Trail.

London 2012 bannerOlympic torch

The Olympic torch arrives in Waltham Forest this Saturday. It’s not coming to Leytonstone, but will be going along parts of Leyton High Road.

Independent Retailer Month: support your local shops and businesses

Independent Retailer Month poster
July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!

Saturday 21 July

Carlton House Open Day

Aylmer Road

Saturday 21 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Saturday 21 July

A leisurely walk around Leytonstone Arts Trail

Meet at Leytonstone Underground (Church Lane side), 11.00am

Saturday 21 July

Leytonstone Calling, live music at The Red Lion

Hip-hop and street art and the London food and ale festival.

Saturday 21 July

The Hot House Quintet

The North Star

Saturday 21 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Saturday 21 July

Blackhorse and Standard Women’s Morris Dance

St John’s Churchyard

Saturday 21 July

Shaolin Gong Fu City Kung Fu and Tai Chi performances and workshops

The Salvation Army Hall


Sunday 22 July

A celebration of Irish culture, featuring the Jones Boys

The Plough and Harrow

Sunday 22 July

Oh So Funny Comedy Night, starring Mr Alan Davies

The Sheepwalk (ticketed event by email: ohsofunnycomedy@yahoo.co.uk, say how many tickets you want, if tickets are still available)

Sunday 22 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Welsh Church Hall

Sunday 22 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Sunday 22 July

What’s Cookin’ Fifth Annual Summer Picnic

The Birkbeck Tavern

Sunday 22 July

The Choice Standards Trio and Marnie

The North Star

Sunday 22 July

Songs of Praise

Cann Hall and Harrow Green Baptist Church


Further afield

The British Film Institute has a Hitchcock Season this summer

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1


Check these pages for more information:

Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail Mon 16-Fri 20 July

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 mapLeytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail continue this week and into next weekend (21-22 July) with music, art, photography, theatre and much more.

Most of the local pubs have special events on and many events are free, or low cost.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know. Highlights of the coming week include:

Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012

Leytonstone Arts Trail Map Exhibition launches at The Stone Space

The Stone Space is the headquarters for Leytonstone Arts Trail 2012 and is showing samples from over 70 artists. You can collect a Trail Guide from The Stone Space, which is open every day this week, and find out about the venues taking part in this year’s Arts Trail including:

  • Stone Space Projects, Leytonstone’s new pop up gallery situated just outside the tube station
  • As Time Goes By exhibition featuring 17 artists
  • The Red Lion’s group of exhibitions
  • Norlington Road Studios ‘When The Walls Come Down’
  • The Sir Alfred Hitchcock Hotel
  • Leytonstone Social Club’s Shadwell Printers exhibition
  • Leytonstone Library
  • Davies Lane Primary School
  • Electroset Studio, Davies Lane
  • Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Centre
  • Eatery 7, Church Lane
  • Meze Patisserie, High Road Leytonstone
  • 491 Gallery, Grove Green Road
  • Café de Montmartre, Church Lane

and many more.

 Mon 16 July

Don’t forget: Olympic Controlled Parking Zone period starts today!

Leytonstone Museum photosMonday 16 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

Created this year as an online museum of photographs of people and places in Leytonstone, these sessions will give you an opportunity to see printed copies of the photos.

Monday 16 July (and every day)

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Monday 16 July

Heavy Metal 2: Bell ringing at St John’s Church

Monday 16 July

Hitchcock Retrospective

O’Neills, Green Man roundabout

Monday 16 July

Mr Nightingale’s Diary by Charles Dickens and Mark Lemon

Leytonstone Library Playreading Group
Leytonstone Library


Tuesday 17 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Tuesday 17 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
The Star of India

Tuesday 17 July

Maddona at the Star

The Star of India


Wednesday 18 July

The Art and Architecture of St Margaret’s

St Margaret’s Woodhouse Road

Wednesday 18 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Wednesday 18 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
Golden Curry

Wednesday 18 July

Leytonstone Film Club’s Curry and Quiz Night

The Golden Curry

Wednesday 18 July

Norman Jacobs talks on Gilbert and Sullivan

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society
St John’s Church Hall

Wednesday 18 July

Pandora’s Box—an hour of Comedy Cabaret

O’Neills, Green Man roundabout

The Welsh Church

Wednesday 18 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Welsh Church Hall

Wednesday 18 July

What’s Cookin’ presents Eric Brace and Peter Cooper

The Birkbeck Tavern


Thursday 19 July

Leytonstone Museum at The Red Lion

See Monday 16 July for more details.

Thursday 19 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree
St John's Church, Town Centre

Thursday 19 July

Lunchtime concert at St John’s

Thursday 19 July

London Sunset Tower Tour

Music, a drink a a tour of the tower with stunning views over London.

Thursday 19 July

An evening of spoken Word, Storytelling and Music

Leytonstone Library

Luna Lounge

Thursday 19 July

Stand Up Musical Comedy Night

The Luna Lounge

Heathcote Arms

Thursday 19 July

The George Simmonds Septet

The Heathcote

O'Neills 'The Green Man'

Thursday 19 July

Pandora’s Box—an hour of Comedy Cabaret

O’Neills


Friday 20 July

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree

Fri 20 July

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The Welsh Church Hall

The Birkbeck Tavern, Leytonstone

Fri 20 July

Lost Horizons presents Ewan McClellan

The Birkbeck Tavern

Fri 20 July

The Legendary Mr Will Gaines with Jacqueline Pert and Bret Jones

Leytonstone Social Club


Further afield

The British Film Institute has a Hitchcock Season this summer.

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1



… and more events on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July

Check these pages for more information:

Independent Retailer Month poster

July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!

Towering high over Leytonstone

Panorama from St John's Church towards Stratford

I was delighted to be given the opportunity last night to be in the first party to try the new Sunset over London tour of St John’s Church in the centre of Leytonstone.

Church Lane, the Library and High Road Leytonstone towards StratfordI have been up the tower once before, many years ago, when it was so cloudy you could hardly see as far as Leytonstone Overground station and I was hoping that wasn’t going to happen again after this awful summer. I was not disappointed.

There was cloud in the sky but still some sun breaking through and as the sun went down there was a distinctly red glow from the West.

Leytonstone Overground stationThe tour starts with half an hour of musical entertainment. Last night it was a delightful performance by Rachel Smith who played flute, alto flute and piccolo with works by Bach, Ibert, Piazolla, Debussy and a composer, Paul Lewis, who had written a piece especially for her. Rachel is a professional flautist who has played throughout the world and on BBC radio and television and has recently released a CD Aquarelles. Different musicians will play at each tour.

Hard hats are provided for the tour and you are advised to wear trainers — certainly not high heels — and clothes that won’t mind a bit of dust. It is good advice as the winding stairs to the top are narrow for most of the way and very narrow at the top. It’s probably best to visit one of Leytonstone’s restaurants after the tour, rather than have a hearty meal beforehand, though none of us got stuck!

Looking towards Hackney and Haringey and the sunsetThe views from the top are really spectacular. Although a church steeple may not seem very high compared with the London Eye or the new ArcelorMittal OrbitTower in the Olympic Park, when it opens, St John’s has the distinct advantage that Leytonstone is already one of the highest points in London so the top of the tower really does have unparalled views.

The City of LondonYou have a full half an hour to study the vista.

If you are a local you will see Leytonstone in a completely new light and the first thing that strikes you is just how much greenery you can see compared with many other parts of London.

Even if you have never been to Leytonstone before, you will find you have a good view of the Olympic Park and right over London. You can see the O2 in Greenwich, Canary Wharf, the City of London, the Shard, which was inaugurated yesterday, and even as far as the London Eye.

Looking East you can see to across Newham and Redbridge towards Havering and Barking & Dagenham.

To the West you can see Enfield on the other side of the Lea Valley, and Hackney and Haringey, which if my geography is correct is where the sun was setting.

You are provided with a four page guide to the many sights you can see and you can borrow binoculars.

Canary WharfAs a bonus we also got to see the fireworks display from one of Waltham Forest’s Urban Classic event, part of its Big6 events season.

After descending the tower there was a choice of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits (all Fairtrade and included in the ticket) and a chance to chat to others in the party.

Wanstead Flats and looking EastPart of the reason for introducing these tours is to raise money for the church to pay off the expenses it has incurred in its recent restoration,.

However, Rev Draper is also keen to stress that he sees the church very much as part of the community and wants to welcome everyone from the community. There’s no attempt to enrol you and anyone from any denomination, or no denomination, would feel just as comfortable visiting.

This is one part of the community opening up a facility to the whole community and it is one of Leytonstone’s hidden gems that everybody should take the opportunity to enjoy.

More information

St John’s Church has a regular programme of concerts open to the public, many of them free, and there is also the churchyard trail.

Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail start today

Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail

12 to 22 July 2012

Leytonstone Festival 2012This year there’s a double helping of culture as Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail run alongside each other on the same dates.

From 12 to 22 July Leytonstone Festival and Arts Trail will be offering a wide selection of events including art, drama, music, comedy, photography, arts and crafts market and much more all around Leytonstone.

I’ve listed below events that people have sent to me and asked me to promote, plus I’ve tried to fill in the gaps from the official programmes and postings in the many associated Facebook pages and groups.

Do look at the official programmes on the Leytonstone Festival and Leytonstone Arts Trail websites/Facebook pages, however, to check for any last minute updates to the programmes, in case I have missed anything or where you may have to book in advance or numbers may be limited. If you spot an error, please let me know.

Independent Retailer Month poster

July is also Independent Retailer Month, so while you’re out and about in Leytonstone, take the opportunity to support your local shops, cafés and restaurants!


From Thu 12 July

When the Walls Come Down

Leytonstone Arts Trail

Norlington Rd Studios, E10


Thu 12 to Sat 21 July

As Time Goes By

Leytonstone Library


Thu 12 Jul and repeats on other dates

I am Cann Hall, 1948-2012 photography exhibition

The Holly Tree. Entrance Free.


Thu 12 July

Canary WharfLunchtime concert at St John’s

Free weekly concerts every Thursday 13:00-14:00 at St John’s Church

Sunset over London Tours

New tours, which started July 2012. You are taken to the top of the church tower for half an hour to enjoy the stunning views over London. The tours start with music from a professional musician and end with a free tea/coffee or chocolate. Booking essential.

Thu 12 July

Rye, plus support

Music night at the North Star

Thu 12 Jul

Curry and Quiz Night

Star of India

Thu 12 and Fri 13 July

O'Neills 'The Green Man'O’Neills: Pandora, Goddess of Barnsley, is waiting for you…

Come and see her in action this Thursday or Friday at O’Neills at 8pm. Tickets on the door or you can book them here:


Fri 13 Jul

Buxton School presents The Jungle Book


Fri 13 Jul

Birkbeck tavern, LeytonstoneWhat’s Cookin’ Jazz Night

The Birkbeck Tavern


Fri 13 Jul

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

  • Fri 13 July 2012, 8pm
  • Sat 14 July 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm
  • Wed 18 July 2012, 8pm
  • Fri 20 July 2012, 8pm
  • Sat 21 July 2012, 2.30pm and 8pm

Welsh Church Hall 879 High Road Leytonstone E11 1HR
Performed by Woodhouse Players
Tickets £8 (£5 concessions)
Book online via the Woodhouse Players website http://www.woodhouseplayers.co.uk
Phone reservations:  020 8504 3872


Sat 14 Jul

Buxton School’s Summer Fete

www.buxtonschool.org.uk

Sat 14 July

St John’s Church Open Day

Festivity and fun, featuring tower tours, refreshment, and music. Entrance Free.


Sat 14 Jul

Lion Heart Festival Market

Leytonstone The Red Lion

Outside the Red Lion, home baked cakes, retro and vintage fashion, art and craft and lots, lots more and you can always pop into the Red Lion for food and drink if the summer weather gets too … hot … outside.


Sat 14

Leytonstone Calling, live music at The Red Lion


Sat 14 Jul

Woodhouse Players

The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (see Fri 13 above)


Sat 14 Jul

News from Nowhere Club

John Ruskin, the French Baron and the Olympic Games

Dr Cynthia Gamble, Vice-Chair of the Ruskin Society, will show how John Ruskin was a major influence on a young French Baron, Pierre de Coubertin, who was responsible for reviving the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.


Sat 14 July

Vision Voices presents an evening of opera

Leytonstone United Free Church


 Sat 14 July

Heathcote ArmsJohn Ongom Big Band and Singers

The Heathcote.


Sat 14 Jul

What’s Cookin’: I See Hawks in LA

The Birkbeck Tavern


Sat 14 July

The Diva With A Difference

The Plough and Harrow

The Plough and Harrow

See Leytonstone Festival Programme page 10 for more details


Sun 15 July

Leytonstone Green Drinks

For anyone interested in building a stronger community with more of the things we need being grown or sourced locally. Ask at the bar if you cannot spot us. (Every month on the 15th.)


Sun 15 July

Carefree Kids logo

Let’s have fun together

An afternoon for children, their parents and carers.

Epicentre


Sun 15 July

A Walk Round The Flats

Leyton and Leytonstone Historical Society walk around the green spaces of Wanstead Flats.

Sun 15 July

The Little Big Band

Luna Lounge

The Luna Lounge


Sun 15 July

What’s Cookin’ presents I See Hawks in LA, plus guests

The Birkbeck Tavern


Sun 15 July

Poetry Cafe

SunWay Cafe, 17:30-19:00

Julie Stephenson’s informal get together welcomes all Leytonstone poets (accomplished and aspiring); features two readers, a raffle, and free refreshment; and aims to encourage a stronger local poetry scene.


Sun 15 July

Hitchcock Gallery Leytonstone Tube 1The London Nobody Knows, the Leytonstone Nobody Knows, and Alfred Hitchcock

The Heathcote



… and lots more events right the way through to 22 July.

Check these pages for more information:

Mon 16 July

Don’t forget: Olympic Controlled Parking Zone period starts today! 

Happy First Birthday Red Lion

Leytonstone The Red LionHappy First Birthday for Friday 15th to the Red Lion!

This pub has really helped to bring life back to the High Road. A welcoming pub, food, the Lion Heart Market outside … it’s a great improvement on Zulus.

New Look Leytonstone

Outside Leytonstone station towards Church Lane

Outside the station towards Church Lane

The last week or so has seen the finishing touches to the building work that has been going on the length of Leytonstone High Road, in the town centre and along Whipps Cross Road to give Leytonstone a new and brighter look ready for the Olympics.

I haven’t managed to get photos of everything, the weather has not been so kind, but I’ve added a collection of photos showing most of the work and I’ve summarised some of the other main changes that have happened in the last year or so on New Look Leytonstone.

A lot has happened, new pubs, a market, an art gallery and more and all against the backdrop of one of the most horrible recessions in living history.

So, if you know someone thinking of moving to Leytonstone, investing here, or who just has a view of the area which is second hand or out of date, please share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, by email or however you can and send them to this page, it might just help!