With a vast array of green spaces on your doorstep there are plenty of places to head out to when the weather is nice.
Indulge in some retail therapy and take advantage of the fantastic local shops and connectivity that Ilford has to offer. With the Exchange Shopping Centre a 3 minute walk from your front door, heading to your high street favourites has never been easier! With over 50 high street names available to you and late opening until 8pm every Wednesday it couldn’t be more convenient!
If you want to head further afield Westfield Stratford is a mere 13 minutes away, with over 250 stores and 70 restaurants there is something for everyone!
Perfect for those who like to keep fit outside, there is a wealth of green spaces on your doorstep ideal for park running, including Valentines Park, Wanstead Flats and Wanstead Park. Kit yourself out at one of the sports stores located a three minute walk away near Ilford Station, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for our Pioneer Point Clubs to encourage residents to run and work out together! For those who favour classes over the great outdoors why not sign up to the EasyGymTM located on the first floor of Pioneer Point. With flexible day passes or monthly membership, classes 7 days a week and personal training available you can always find something to suit your needs, which is handy because the gym is open 24/7!
Nearby hidden gems
Valentines Mansion, Ilford
Once a venue for a Great British Bake Off, Valentines Mansion and Gardens dates back to 1696 and was acquired by Redbridge Council in 1912. The mansion has previously been home to wartime refugees, as hospital, public health centre and council housing department. Today it provides a beautiful event space hosting exhibitions, theatre productions and workshops, as well as tours of the grounds and gardens. It is also a great location to indulge in their Afternoon Teas!
Organic Ilford or OI as they are often referred to work directly with a handful of small scale organic farmers to bring fresh, chemical free vegetables, fruit, bread, milk and eggs to Ilford.
Gardeners Cottage Café, Ilford
Situated in the walled garden of, the Gardner’s Cottage Café has indoor and outdoor seating and provides the perfect setting to watch the world go by in the tranquillity of the Valentines’ Mansion grounds.
Sneaker, Gants Hill
Footwear enthusiasts will be in heaven at the super trendy Sneaker located on Cranbrook Road. This store features rare and hard to find sneakers which are sourced globally. Get your daily trainer fix on the go by following them on Instagram @sneakerstore.
Zee & Co, Cranbrook Road
Lovers of designer labels will be right at home in Zee & Co, stocking Hugo Boss, Joseph, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors and Barbour to name a few Zee & Co is your local go-to for high end fashion.
The Urban Chocolatier, Ilford
Purveyors of all things chocolate the Urban Chocolatier on located on Cranbrook Road make luxury chocolates using high quality fresh ingredients. Perfect for gifts or just as a treat -we highly recommend the Cappuccino truffle!
Loaded Burgers, Cranbrook Road
Who doesn’t enjoy a burger every now and again, and where better to enjoy it than Loaded Burgers on Cranbrook Road. Take a seat on the onto the wonderfully quirky jeans covered bench seat and enjoy your pick of a selection of 14 burger options including vegetarian.
Caraway Brasserie, Cranbrook Road
Caraway also fondly known as ‘Vilayti Jeera’ specialises in traditional Indian cuisine. Popular with locals and visitors alike this restaurant also caters for outside events and parties.
The Boathouse, Barking
The Boathouse, Barkings’ only riverside arts venue was launched in 2014 and offers food and drink with a beautiful view of the river. With an East London meets Maritime take on the décor – this is one trendy riverside hangout! Tapping into the rising trend for local sustainable food, they serve original cocktails and locally produced food and drink. The Boathouse Creative Studios offers a vibrant programme of regular arts activities including Jazz and film nights, exhibitions, performance as well as regular yoga and art classes.