If you look at the map of London, you are going to find the borough of Redbridge in its north-eastern corner. The borough is hands down one of the best places to live in Greater London today, and there are several very good reasons for that.
Why is Redbridge so great?
If you are wondering why Redbridge is such a great place, there is your answer:
- Fabulous transport links
- High-performing public schools
- Excellent shopping areas
- Award-winning open green spaces
According to the available information, there are as many as 35 open green spaces – public parks, gardens and playgrounds – that residents of Redbridge can enjoy. Six of those have a Green Flag Award – the highest designation a public park can have in England. Of all public parks in Redbridge, the best reputed is of course the large Hainault Forest Country Park, which covers 300 acres and contains amenities that will make it the favourite place of both you and your entire family. We are talking about adventure play areas for the kids, countryside walks, cafe and even a petting zoo.
Notable landmarks in the area include the celebrated Valentines Mansion, the Redbridge Drama Centre, Kenneth More Theatre and the Redbridge Museum in Ilford. All those places enrich greatly the cultural life of Redbridge and only add up to its appeal as a great place to settle down for life in.
Great residential areas in Redbridge
Now that we have seen that Redbridge is going to provide you with all amenities that you might need in order to live comfortably and never feel bored, and you know that you can easily travel from here to every part of the capital, it is time to point out some of the best residential districts in the borough, so that you can start looking for your own place in Redbridge. We would recommend that you start your search from some of the following places:
- Aldborough Hatch IG2 would be an interesting choice. On one hand, the character of the area is predominantly rural or semi-rural. This means that life here is pretty peaceful and quiet. On the other hand, you will have the marvellous chance to make use of all the opportunities that Redbridge offers to its own residents. This is namely the reason why Aldborough Hatch is going to be a great place for a certain type of people.
- Barkingside is another pretty logical choice. The area is known for being home of one of the oldest still running charities in London – Barnardo’s. It was founded here in 1866 and it still has its headquarters here. Needless to say it is also a pretty great place to live in. We would particularly recommend looking for a place around the beautiful and newly opened Ken Aston Square, which has been in the area since 2014. While you are in the area, do not miss to drop by New Fairlop Oak or the Chequers for a pint.
- Gants Hill is another great residential district. The area is served by the Gants Hill tube station, which is on the Central Line and will bring you to Inner London is 20 minutes or so. The name of the area comes from the Gants family, which lived here as early as the latter half of the 13th Gants Hill is also home to the Valentines High School and Gearies School, two of the best schools in Redbridge.
- Make sure to check out Goodmayes IG3 Historically the district was part of Essex, but like many other areas it was incorporated in Greater London in 1965. Goodmayes is reputed for the strong community spirit of its residents, as well as for the numerous scout groups that operate from here.
- Hainault is the last place that we would like to bring your attention to. Located right next to the Metropolitan Green Belt, it is a leafy suburb right on the border of Greater London. It nevertheless benefits from the great transport links and other perks of being in Redbridge that we have had the chance to mention in the text above. The current population of Hainault is estimated to be 12 953.