Chigwell sits within the Greater London Urban Area, once a rural farming location and today one of the most sought after addresses in this part of the world. Chigwell has become popular due to it’s proximity to London, as well as for local amenities and landmarks, such as the iconic Epping Forest. If you’re looking for a location that’s as suited to couples and individuals as it is to families then Chigwell is well worth considering.
Location, location, location
Chigwell sits around 12 miles east of the capital and is part of the 'Essex Golden Triangle,' which is renowned for its wealthy local residents. It has kept a largely rural feel, without the grey concrete of suburbia, thanks to tree lined streets, plenty of garden space which is complemented by a village atmosphere centred on the High Road.
If you’re looking for easy access to surrounding areas then Chigwell certainly delivers. Chigwell and Grange Hill stations are both on the Central line (zone 4) providing a speedy service into central London – whilst Buckhurst Hill, Woodford, Loughton and Hainault stations also offer quick connections and short journey times. The area is also well served by London bus routes and has a number of options for drivers – it is close to both the M11 and M25, as well as the A12 and A406 North Circular. And Stansted Airport is just a 40-minute drive via the M11.
Chigwell has even been featured within the Dickens novel Barnaby Rudge, as his visit to the Ye Olde Kings Head - a former 16th-century pub - is thought to have inspired the description of the Maypole Inn . He also has described Chigwell as "the greatest place in the world ...such beautiful forest scenery".
Nature is one of the reasons many people choose Chigwell. It not only has proximity to Epping Forest - London's largest open space – but is also close to the open fields of Hainault Forest Country Park and Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve, which is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers.
For Chigwell residents there is a wealth of local amenities to enjoy, from boutiques and coffee shops through to high end restaurants and sports clubs.
Brook Parade serves as Chigwell's shopping centre featuring designer boutiques, health food shops and hair salons alongside more traditional high-street stores.
For more shops, residents can board the Tube to reach Stratford. The Westfield Stratford City centre is one of the largest urban shopping centres in Europe and is home to designer brands.
Dining options range from Lord Sugar’s “Sheesh” to the spanish “La Sala” and local favourite “The Bluebell” as well as The King William IV pub, independent sandwich shops and a multitude of family friendly options.
Those keen to keep fit can join the private members’ Chigwell Golf Club or David Lloyd Leisure, with its gym, spa and tennis courts. Adults and children can receive professional coaching at the Chigwell Lawn Tennis Club. Both members and visitors can try their hands at golf at the Chigwell Golf Club. It has a challenging 18-hole course and a welcoming clubhouse selling drinks & food.