As autumn draws in, there’s so much to enjoy around Earlham Square. Whether you want to meet friends for a drink, eat out, go shopping, keep fit or chill out in nature, you’ll find endless choice. We’re still relishing the freedom of getting out and about again and wanted to share some more ideas with you…
Indulge in retail therapy
After months of buying online during lockdown, we love browsing in a real shop again. There’s a treat in store with Europe’s largest shopping mall just a four-minute train ride away. You’re sure to find your favourite brands among the 220+ shops at Westfield Stratford City where you can shop till you drop.
Pop out for a snack
There are some seriously good bakeries close to Earlham Square. Fred’s Café serves award-winning coffee and pastries, and beneath the arches on Avenue Road is the Scandinavian café Tromsø with its mouth-watering pancakes and cinnamon buns. Or make a beeline for Woodgrange Market on Saturdays, where there are plenty of food stalls – from cheese and meat to speciality breads –alongside an eclectic mix of crafts, jewellery and vintage clothes stalls.
Drinks with friends
You don’t have to go far for great pubs and bars. A three-minute stroll takes you to the Forest Tavern, a popular gastropub offering seasonal British fare, locally brewed craft beer and a crackling fire in winter. Hidden in the railways arches is Tracks, a popular bar, restaurant and record shop. Local bodega Arch Rivals is popular for its draught beer and cocktails, or check out Wanstead Tap, a craft beer emporium and café, which hosts talks, film screenings, comedy evenings and gigs.
Food for every taste
Many independent restaurants and cafés have sprung up in the area offering a vast variety of different cuisines. Spice up your life with authentic Jamaican cuisine at Hot Pot or delicious Indian/Nepalese food at the family-run Aromas Tandoori. And, you must try Pie Republic – who doesn’t love a pie? To add to the mix, there are more than 80 restaurants and cafés at Westfield.
For a relaxed evening out, hop back to Westfield to see the latest movie at the 20-screen Vue cinema, go bowling at All Star Lanes, or indulge in a spot of ping pong and karaoke at Bat & Ball.
You don’t have to go far for a big night out. East London is famous for its vibrant nightlife and some of the capital’s hottest clubs are found in nearby Dalston, Shoreditch and Hackney.
Earlham Square is so brilliantly connected that it’s easy to enjoy a night out in the West End too. It’s just 15 minutes by train to Liverpool Street, a hub for three tube lines to whizz you quickly into central London. When the Crossrail Elizabeth Line opens, Forest Gate to Bond Street will take less than 20 minutes direct.
Work up a sweat
Meet like-minded fitness fans at The Gym Factory, a few minutes’ walk away, or at Atherton Leisure Centre you can swim, join a class – from spin and HIIT to Zumba and Pilates – and plenty more.
Chill in green spaces
Enjoy autumnal landscapes away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Forest Lane Park, complete with woodland, wildflower meadow and dipping pond, is ten minutes’ walk away. Nearby Wanstead Flats, a large expanse of open grassland on the tip of Epping Forest, is perfect for sports and picnics. Or explore the parklands and tranquil waterways of Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
We could go on, but you get the picture! Live at Earlham Square and you’ll never be at a loss for something to do.