Hollow Pond fire pictures

Hollow Ponds after the fire

Fire damage near Snaresbrook Court and the small pond

Undeterred by yesterday’s fire, the boats were back on Hollow Pond today and people were out enjoying themselves in the albeit cloudier weather, but the scenes of devastation made it clear that this was by far the worst fire to have hit this part of the forest for very many years.

Fire damage was not confined to one area but affected parts of the forest near Snaresbrook Road and the former lido, and a much larger area from the main pond past the small pond and down towards Snaresbrook Court (some media reports yesterday described this incorrectly as Wanstead Flats — slightly confusingly this part of the forest is formerly known as Leyton Flats due to it being historically part of the old Borough of Leyton and Leytonstone).


Hollow Ponds evacuated as fire breaks out

Hollow Ponds FireThe Hollow Ponds area was evacuated by police this afternoon as fires broke out and smoke engulfed the pond and surrounding forest. Rowing boats were called in and people were asked to leave as fire engines moved in to tackle the fire towards the north end of the main and small ponds.

Fire engines had already attended a fire earlier in the day by Snaresbrook Road causing the road to be shut off to traffic and further traffic disruption was caused along Whipps Cross Road and surrounding roads as a result of the later fire.

Are you travelling to the Olympic Park?

Olympic VillageIf you’re travelling to the Olympic Park, these maps will help your journey.

As well as the main entrance at Stratford, there are other gates at:

  • Greenway on Stratford High Street
  • Victoria Gate in Hackney Wick
  • Eton Manor Gate on Eastway (The W15 bus towards Hackney from Leytonstone Plaza, outside Leytonstone tube station, stops by Eton Manor Gate on Eastway)
  • Leytonstone bus map

Maps of the Olympic Park

  • Map of the Olympic Park (London2012 map in .pdf format you can print off and showing the main facilities)
  • Olympic Park on Google Maps (If you don’t know the area, beware, some people have tried to gain a marketing advantage by marking up the Olympic Stadium wrongly on Google Maps, the correct location is near to Stratford Station).

Get Ahead of the Games daily travel reminders

Download the Get Ahead of the Games calendar for daily travel reminders.

Other travel links

See the right hand column and the bottom of this page for other travel links and travel feeds from Transport for London and the Highways Agency.


There are still some tickets available, but you have to order them online, you can’t just turn up at the park and buy them on the spot. Beware of people trying to resell tickets or selling tickets through unauthorised sources: you almost certainly won’t get in with a ticket you’ve bought through an unauthorised source and may be committing a criminal offence!

The London 2012 website has details on:

Leyton Food Stalls

Waltham Forest Council has created a special international food market on Marshall Road, near to Leyton tube station and the Olympic Park.

The market runs from 27 July to 9 September and is offering 30 hot and cold food hall stalls, run mainly by local restaurants and café owners. The market has been established in partnership with North London Business and Skateco UK.

The old Leyton Town Hall has also opened as a pop-up pub Leyton Technical , run by the Antic Group, which runs the Red Lion in Leytonstone and other pubs around London.

Marshall Road/Leyton Mills


Olympic Games 27 July to 12 August 2012

Paralympic Games 29 August to 9 September 2012

A stunning new view of London

St Johns Church Tower Tours advertisementFrom this week (5 July 2012) St John the Baptist Church in the centre of Leytonstone is offering sunset tours of the tower every Thursday evening.

From one of the highest points in London the tours combine the chance to enjoy the stunning panorama towards the Olympic Park, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, central London and Epping Forest.

Refreshments will be available and each tour will also be entertained by local professional musicians. Times will vary according to the season and to coincide with the sunset, so please check the church website for details of opening and how to book. Full price tickets are £12.50, concessions are also available.

The church which is just one minute’s walk from Leytonstone tube station on the Central Line (Zone 3) also has free weekly lunchtime concerts and a churchyard trail.

St Johns Church view from the tower4St Johns Church view from the tower3St Johns Church view from the tower2St Johns Church view from the tower

A weekend of culture in Leytonstone

After last weekend’s revellery, this weekend there are opportunties to enjoy the cultural side of life in Leytonstone.

Charity concert with international cellist Alexander Baillie

Alexander Baillie concert ad

Leytonstone based charity Carefree Kids are putting on a concert at Forest School on Saturday with internationally renowed cellist Alexander Baillie, accompanied on piano by John Thwaites. Works will include Tchaikovsky, Schubert, John Ireland and César Franck. Carefree Kids does good work throughout Waltham Forest and neighbouring boroughs, and the concert is being supported by the Mayor of Waltham Forest, so come along and support this, their first ever concert. You can buy tickets on the night. More details:

The Stone SpaceWhat’s Going On at the Stone Space

The Stone Space has What’s Going On?, an exhibition of works by Leytonstone based artist Jeff Cox that explores the themes of memory, relationships, birth, sex and loss. Check the Stone Space website for more details and opening times.

Woodhouse Players Honour AdHonour at the Welsh Church Hall

The Woodhouse Players are putting on Honour at The Welsh Church Hall on Friday and Saturday.

Described in reviews when it was first produced in Melbourne in 1995, then at the National Theatre as ‘an absolute gem’, it does contain some strong language and sexual content. See the Woodhouse Players website for more details.

Leytonstone Museum

Leytonstone Museum is looking for Leytonstone People

From the comfort of your computer chair, you can also see the next phase of Karen Pamplin’s online Leytonstone Museum.  The new phase, announced today, is called People of Leytonstone, but I’m not going to tell you what it’s about, you’ll need to read up on it on the Leytonstone Museum!

Leytonstone one of the best places in London to rent

Leytonstone tubeWaltham Forest is the best value place for commuters to rent in London, according to a report by property website According to the story in Waltham Forest Guardian, Walthamstow offers the best value followed by Leyton then Leytonstone. Chingford and Higham’s Park did not make the top ranks.

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!

Mayor of London and GLA elections 3 May


London Elects poster excerpt
On 3 May 2012 you will be able to vote for three candidates in the elections for the Mayor of London and Greater London Authority:

  1. Mayor of London
  2. Constituency London Assembly Member
  3. London-wide Assembly Member

Trying to find who is standing and links to their websites is not always easy so I’ve created a new page about the Elections 2012 with details of candidates for Leytonstone and some information about how to register (for  anyone not already on the Electoral register).

If anyone finds the links I couldn’t find, please contact me, so this page becomes a really useful one-stop resource. The page is completely non-party political! Many thanks.

New page for education

I have now added a page about schools, colleges and adult and community education: Education.

If you think your instituion is missing or the details are wrong, please let me know through the Contact page.

This site in your language

Parlez-vous Français? Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

¿Hablo Español? Beszél Magyarul?, and more …

The Translation page now has direct links to Google Translate in the languages below. Google Translate will translate the whole website for you — Google Translate is not 100% accurate, though!

Arabic Bengali Bulgarian Chinese (simplified) Chinese (traditional) Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Finnish French German Gujarati Greek Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Italian Japanese Latvian Lithuanian Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swahili Swedish Thai Turkish Ukranian Urdu Vietnamese Welsh