Epping Forest †

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Epping Forest6000-acre wood and the largest public open space in Greater London.

A vast area of natural beauty, Epping Forest spreads out from the northeast of the city limits towards the M25 circular. Encompassing 6000 acres, the forest provides a cocktail of ponds, parkland and meadows but is mainly home to a magnificent array of ancient trees. The two thirds of the area that are heavily wooded make this one of London’s most magical nature spots.

Representing the largest public open space in Greater London the forest is perfect for some really wild exploring, on two-legs, four-legs (horse riding is very popular) or on wheels (bring your bike or hire one there). Bridleways, mountain bike trails and intriguing paths thread their way through the trees and undergrowth, criss-crossing in a mysterious and mind-boggling way.

Originally one of the royal hunting forests (evidence suggests it achieved this status in the 12th century during the reign of Henry I) its history actually dates back to 8000BC. Having miraculously survived ever encroaching developments, the public have enjoyed rights over the area for centuries, using it as a source of fuel and food as well as grazing their livestock there.

These days a wholly different set of activities are pursued. The informative visitor centre coordinates a huge range of activities ranging from organised walks taking in themes such as bats and archaeology to model airplane flying and orienteering. You can even get stuck in helping the wardens to plant trees. If you just want to walk and explore look out for Wanstead Park, Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, the Temple, and vestiges of two Iron Age settlements en route.

Best for:
Bridleways and biking, ponds, parkland and forest walks.

Did you know?
Epping Forest was highwayman Dick Turpin’s stomping ground.

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

Loughton Tube Station
11 minutes walk
Buckhurst Hill Tube Station
27 minutes walk

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Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Victoria Park
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
Approach Road, Hackney, London | 8.2 miles from Epping Forest
One of London’s best kept secrets, Victoria Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Inside the park's boundaries countless varieties of trees stripe the ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Canada Square Park
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
Canada Square, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 10.2 miles from Epping Forest
Open space in the centre of Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park is a popular outdoor area for concerts and screenings of sporting events in the ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bunhill Fields
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
38 City Road, Shoreditch, London EC1Y | 10.2 miles from Epping Forest
Small, wooded dissenters' cemetery in the city centre. William Blake, John Bunyan and Daniel Defoe are among over 120,000 nonconformists whose bodies are squeezed closely together within ... More
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Sights and Attractions near Epping Forest

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Epping Forest
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William Morris Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
Lloyd Park, Forest Road, E17 | 4.8 miles from Epping Forest
The Grade II-listed William Morris Gallery, housed in the mid-18th century boyhood home of artist and designer William Morris, has a permanent exhibition on his ... More
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Forty Hall Farm
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 | 5.2 miles from Epping Forest
Forty Hall Farm, historically part of the Forty Hall estate, is now run by Capel Manor College and is the only further education college in ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
8 Rangers Road, E4 | 28 minutes from Epping Forest
Tudor grandstand and the only remaining timber-framed Standing in Britain. Well and truly off the beaten track, this timber-framed hunting lodge is hidden away in Epping ... More
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Entertainment near Epping Forest

Near Epping Forest
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Stratford Picturehouse
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Gerry Raffles Square, Salway Road, E15 | 7.4 miles from Epping Forest
Fitted out to luxury standards, Stratford Picturehouse is one of 20 independent cinemas operated by Picturehouse which also owns Clapham Picturehouse, the Gate Picturehouse, Greenwich Picturehouse, ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Theatre Royal Stratford East
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Gerry Raffles Square, E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
Theatre Royal Stratford East opened in 1884 and became the home of the Theatre Workshop Company in 1954. The first performance ever held here was 'Richelieu' ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Red Crate
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Theatre Square, E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
A striking 220-seat eco-theatre similar to sister building, the National Theatre's temporary Shed theatre, The Red Crate, will be a game-changer for Theatre Royal Stratford ... More
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Shopping near Epping Forest

The best shops and markets near Epping Forest
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Tiger
London > Shopping >
Unit 45-46, The Mall, Stratford, Stratford, London E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
The Swedish lifestyle store Tiger proves that cheap and cheerful can stylish too. Doing for interiors, toys and kitchen gadgets what IKEA has done for furniture, ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bottle Apostle East Village
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
Unit 7.2, 3-4 West Park Walk, E20 | 7.6 miles from Epping Forest
Bottle Apostle is a lovely independent wine retailer where you get expert advice and the chance to try before you buy using self-serve enomatic wine ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Harringay Local Store
London > Shopping > Supermarkets
581C Green Lanes, N8 | 7.6 miles from Epping Forest
Harringay locals, couple Ebony and Paul Harding, are behind this supermarket with a difference. Harringay Local Store unites their two passions, stocking locally made products and ... More
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Restaurants near Epping Forest

What are the best dining options near Epping Forest London?
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Morello Ristorante
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
18 High Road, E18 | 3.8 miles from Epping Forest
Italian Cuisine... More
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Zizzi - South Woodford
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
198 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 | 3.8 miles from Epping Forest
Italian Cuisine... More
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Red Mantra
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
103 - 105 George Lane,, South Woodford, E18 | 3.8 miles from Epping Forest
Situated in the East London suburb of South Woodford, Red Mantra is a stylish and contemporary Indian tapas bar and lounge. Forget your typical Indian curry ... More
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Education near Epping Forest

Near Epping Forest
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Connexions Careers Centre
London > Education > Career Services
27B Dalston Lane, E8 | 8.6 miles from Epping Forest
Connexions is a countrywide information and advisory service for 13-19 year olds and people with special learning needs or disabilities under 25. They offer an array ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique
London > Education > Evening Classes
Unit 207, Belgravia Workshop, 157-163 Marlborough Road, N19 | 9.1 miles from Epping Forest
Only the French could come up with an art form so bizarrely fascinating. Mime is as relaxing as Tai Chi, as healthy as yoga, and as ... More
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Four Corners
London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 9.1 miles from Epping Forest
For 30 years Four Corners has been training, producing and supporting the full range of film and photographic requirements. Services on offer include filmmaking facilities and ... More
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Leisure near Epping Forest

Epping Forest gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Lee Valley Athletics Centre
London > Leisure >
Lee Valley Leisure Complex, 61 Meridian Way, Edmonton, N9 | 3.6 miles from Epping Forest
Officially opened in 2007 by Tessa Jowell, Minister for the Olympics, the Lee Valley Athletics Centre is the largest indoor and outdoor athletics facility serving London ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Hainault Forest Country Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Romford Road, Chigwell, IG7 | 3.9 miles from Epping Forest
More than 300 acres, with a fishing lake, boating lake, zoo, adventure play areas, guided walks, bridleways and a nature trail. They also run orienteering ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Redbridge Cycling Centre
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
Opp Hainault Industrial Estate, Forest Road, Fairlop, Essex, IG6 | 4.1 miles from Epping Forest
This £4.5 million state of the art cycling centre built by the London Development Agency opened in August 2008 as the first sporting facility to result ... More
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Pubs near Epping Forest

The best pubs near London Epping Forest.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Kings Head
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
1 The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 | 6.5 miles from Epping Forest
Gastropub... More
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The Leyton Star
London > Nightlife > Pubs
116 High Road, E15 | 6.7 miles from Epping Forest
A pub with a golden palm tree and eight private heated cabanas in the garden, The Leyton Star is the revitalised ... More
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Neighbourhood
London > Nightlife > Pubs
52-54 Celebration Avenue, E20 | 7.2 miles from Epping Forest
A 'beer shop' with all-day dining , neighbourhood in East Village is the kind of place all neighbourhoods should ... More
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Nightlife near Epping Forest

Epping Forest clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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Roof East
London > Nightlife > Bars
Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, London E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
On floors seven and eight, at the top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford, Roof East ... More
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Rootdown
London > Nightlife > Bars
237 Lower Clapton Road, E5 | 7.6 miles from Epping Forest
Cocktails come in interesting combinations - coriander, basil and chilli margarita, anyone? - at Rootdown, a Clapton restaurant and cocktail bar with music... and a social ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Crate Brewery
London > Nightlife > Bars
Queen's Yard, E9 | 7.8 miles from Epping Forest
A craft brewery and pizzeria overlooking the canal, Crate Brewery offers a unique location to enjoy a pizza and a pint in a former print factory ... More
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Meeting venue hire near Epping Forest

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Epping Forest.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Bistrotheque
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2 | 8.9 miles from Epping Forest
... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
ExCeL London
London > Business > Venue Hire
Royal Victoria Dock, E16 | 9.5 miles from Epping Forest
A stunning architectural achievement, gigantic amounts of floor space accompanied by shops, bars and hotels, London’s purpose built exhibition centre, opened in 2000, is an exciting ... More
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Union Chapel
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 9.5 miles from Epping Forest
... More

Alternate names and popular misspellings for Epping Forest

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