A quiet suburb in north London, Chingford offers an escape from the typical hustle and bustle found in the capital. If you're after quiet tree-lined streets and a strong sense of community, it might just be time to rent a home in Chingford.
Often considered part of Essex (even though it's officially Greater London), Chingford has a range of local shops, cafes and restaurants — most of which are independently owned. It's also just a 25-minute journey to Liverpool Street.
As part of our extensive London guides, we're turning attention to the E4 postcode of Chingford and what it's like to live in the neighbourhood. So, read on and find out everything you need to know about Chingford.
On a map
Chingford is a district of North London, yet falls under the E postcode as it's technically northeast London. It's part of the London Borough of Waltham Forest and is located around 10 miles from Charing Cross. Chingford sits close to the border of Essex.
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The River Ching runs through Chingford, and it's also nearby several fords. Yet, the name is likely derived from the King's river and King's ford, especially as Chingford has links to royalty as a hunting area in years gone by.
The first church appeared in Chingford in the twelfth century. Some three-hundred years later, King Henry VIII approved the construction of a lodge in Fairmead Park. Today, that building is known as Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge and is a museum.
In 1873, a railway was built to provide more connections in and out of Chingford. This saw the area's population increase as people were drawn to the extended travel options. The two decades following the first world war saw the area expand at rapid growth.
Who lives there?
According to the 2011 census, Chingford has a population of 66,000. It largely attracts people who want good connections into London and The City but like a quieter way of life. The average age is 34.
Renting in Chingford
Expect to find a range of Victorian and Edwardian properties in Chingford, many of which still remain as entire houses. There are also smaller Victorian terraces and a selection of mid-war semi-detached properties on large tree-lined streets.
A smattering of newer builds can be found in Chingford, though development hasn't hit the heights found in other parts of London. There's a certain charm to Chingford, which is largely down to the area's older property types.
A one-bedroom apartment averages around £1,100 per month in Chingford, while a two-bedroom home fetches in the region of £1,350. If you're after family homes, expect to pay between £1,750 and £4,000 for larger properties with three or more bedrooms.
Chingford train station is on the Overground and runs regular services into London Liverpool Street in around 25 minutes. Around four trains run every hour to Liverpool Street, with one coming every 15 minutes.
Touch of Greek
One of Chingford's latest spots, Touch of Greek first opened in 2018 and quickly established itself as a favourite with local residents. Tuck into a traditional Greek menu and drink it down with a cocktail or two.
Helen's Coffee on the Green
Head to Helen's for a spot of coffee on the green and stay for a tasty homemade snack or two. Sip on a hot brew, enjoy a cake indulge in some Cyprus Meze in this relaxing family cafe.
There's no need to head to Spain for tasty tapas when it's waiting for you in Chingford. Las Tapas serves up a range of small bites from all regions of Spain, cooked by the executive chef Suso Lopez. Beueno!
Things to do in Chingford
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
Now a museum, Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is a Grade II listed building and former hunting lodge. Built in 1543, it's a unique example of surviving timber-framed hunt. Today, you can see exhibitions on Tudor times food and fashion and discover plenty of historical facts.
At its highest point, Pole Hill reaches around 91 metres and provides sweeping views over the capital. And if you're looking for a park with interesting history tidbits, Lawrence of Arabia once owned a considerable amount of land on the western side of the hill.
Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf
Let loose and put your golfing skills to the test at Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf, a prehistoric-themed golf course for all ages. Test your putting skills while a ginormous T-Rex watches you in the background. Now that's what we call pressure to make Birdie!
Moving to Chingford
With excellent travel links into one of London's busiest stations, you can live away from the cauldron of central London while still enjoying easy access. Period homes, historic buildings and a welcoming community make Chingford an appealing choice for renters who want to see their money go a little further than inner-London postcodes.