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- South Woodford lies in the north-east corner of London, minutes away from the border of Essex. In fact Woodford and Woodford Green are both located in Essex.
- E18 is leafy and suburban; it’s popular with commuters who love the convenience of being less than 30 minutes away from the West End.
- The high street contains your usual, basic convenience chain stores but is broken up by boutiques, gastro pubs and a local cinema.
- If you like weekend walks, then this is the place for you, as Epping Forest is on the borders of this area.
- The area is reasonably small and quiet, but with that comes a sense of living in safe surroundings.
South Woodford’s retail and business area is centred on George Lane, the location of South Woodford tube station, and Woodford Green High Road. There are several leading chain store shops, such as Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Boots and a number of smaller shops, restaurants and cafes. There is a crown post office and Royal Mail sorting office.
There is a seven screen Odeon cinema, which opened in 1934 as a Majestic and is the only cinema in the area. As of November 2017, its freehold is for sale. Next door, The George pub, an 18th-century building on the site of an earlier inn, was originally a stopping point for stagecoaches, with several bars. The George once had a fine dining area on the first floor and then later a pizzeria in the basement, with a large spiral staircase between the floors. Other amenities include a number of green areas, many of which form part of Epping Forest.
There are numerous churches and chapels representing various Christian denominations, several synagogues and a mosque.
The area is served by South Woodford tube station in Travel card Zone 4 on the Central line of the London Underground.
South Woodford has a good selection of schools including Nightingale Primary, Snaresbrook Primary, Churchfields which has a junior and infant department, as well as Oakdale. There is also Snaresbrook Preparatory, St Josephs’ Convent voluntary maintained school, and Woodbridge Secondary School.
Forest School is an independent school, within close proximity to South Woodford, in that the playing fields are arguably in South Woodford.