Area Guide

We cover a wide range of up to 10 miles from our base in Ilford. Everyone at Curtis Spencer knows this area really well. If you are looking for any advice on where to live, then give us a call, we would be happy to give you our recommendations based on your budget and lifestyle. Below is a little bit about the I and surrounding areas. 

The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world, protecting 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding and tidal surges. The visitor centre is on the far side of the Thames from Ilford

Valentines Mansion & Gardens – 130-acres of green space home to 300-year-old trees, gorgeous ornamental gardens, wild-flowering meadows and Valentines Mansion, a Grade II listed Georgian manor open to visitors.

Hainault Forest is about 334 acres of forest solitude perfect for family fun with a zoo, fishing lake, cafe, adventure play area and miles of walking trails. Only several miles north of Ilford

London Sri Murugan Temple – based in East Ham this Hindu temple devoted to Muruga has a striking ornate tower and is open daily in the morning and afternoon.

Redbridge Museum – a fascinating free museum in the heart of Ilford next to Cineworld

Fairlop Waters Country Park – has plenty to do in your spare time including windsurfing, sailing and rowing boats while the more adventurous will love Aqua Bounce, a sprawling floating obstacle course. The park has a nine- and 18-hole golf course, a climbing wall and adventure tower and the largest boulder park in the UK.

Ilford Hospital Chapel – Graded II* by English Heritage, it is the oldest building in the London Borough of Redbridge, founded circa 1145AD. See

Barking Park – a park covering just under 30 hectares to the east of Barking town centre. It lies north of Longbridge Road, and is near the boundary with Loxford.

South Park – an Edwardian park to the south of Ilford, East London. It is one of the largest open spaces in the London Borough of Redbridge. It has recently been awarded Green Flag status.


Trains: every few minutes to Liverpool Street (16-21 minutes) and, the other way, to Brentwood (13 minutes); 

Crossrail should get you to Liverpool Street in 17 minutes, Farringdon in 19 and Bond Street or Shenfield in 24 minutes. Driving: the North Circular is close by, and you’re not far from the A12 and A13.


Primaries: many “good”, Ofsted says, with Loxford, Cleveland Road, Seven Kings and Christchurch “outstanding”. 

Secondaries: Loxford, Valentines High, Seven Kings, Isaac Newton Academy and Chadwell Heath Academy all “outstanding”.

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