With a wave of the younger generation moving to this greater London hotspot, Leyton is fast becoming the next Peckham/Hackney. Only a stones throw away from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ten minutes on the tube to Liverpool street and pretty damn cheap – it’s even got its own sign made of lights – what more could you want? There’s loads more exciting things opening but here’s my pick of the bunch so far.
EAT: Deeney’s, 330 High Rd Leyton, E10 5PW
Spreading their Scottish flavours at markets since 2012, Deeney’s have only just moved in to their first permanent residence and boy is it good. Feast on their famous haggis toasties whilst taking in the diverse local residents of Leyton and hey, if haggis isn’t for you there are plenty of other options too (including some pretty tasty avocado bread). They provide the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted so quit counting the calories and order one of their delicious cakes to accompany it. If you’re around on a weekend we’d also highly recommend Marmelo Kitchen where the menu changes depending on what’s in season and you are guaranteed an absolutely delicious meal.
This pretty little park may not provide the brightest of winter spots but on a sunny day it’s the perfect place to relax. It was once part of the medieval manor of Ruckholt and the boroughs only remaining bandstand was erected here in 1904 which is still used today for various community events. There’s even a tiny maze which is impossible for an adult to get lost in but is sometimes fun to play hide and seek in with your dog or very small child.
SHOP: Yardarm, 238 Francis Rd, Leyton, E10 6NQ
Another new addition to the scene is this bustling little wine shop. It’s every foodies dream with coffee, bread and chocolate also being stocked because sometimes Asda just doesn’t quite cut it. They’re hoping to branch out as a bar/coffee shop too so watch this space for updates. In the meantime you’re welcome to attend one of their wine tasting sessions to get you drunk spending. Alternatively, if you’re looking for some new threads instead try TK Maxx – it may be commercial but I can assure you the Leyton branch seems to store A LOT of All Saints.
The Technical is a good reason to visit Leyton alone, even if just for a Friday night. This whimsical pub first started life as a pop-up in Leyton’s old Town Hall during the Olympics and was so loved that it was brought back for good. There’s an extensive range of real ale, craft beers and of course wine and spirits, all of which can be enjoyed in a wide selection of vintage chairs underneath taxidermy deer. There’s a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays, live music on a Sunday evening and bloody great toilets which is of course all that matters in life. The interior makes it a firm Leyton favourite and when you can combine drinking with hosting your own roast on a Sunday, why wouldn’t it be? They’ve just added a brunch menu too, smoked Salmon and Prosecco anyone?