Epping Forest

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High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AF†
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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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Hotels near Epping Forest

Near Epping Forest
The County Hotel Woodford London
The County Hotel Woodford
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel† from £37† 42% off
30 Oak Hill, IG8 | 3.3 miles from Epping Forest
Located at the southern tip of Epping Forest, with Lakeside Shopping Centre and Waltham Abbey nearby, The County Hotel is ideally situated for anyone who wants ...More
Holiday Inn Express London Chingford London
Holiday Inn Express London Chingford
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel† from £33† 28% off
5 Walthamstow Avenue, E4 | 4.1 miles from Epping Forest
Walthamstow is perhaps the most typical area of London's famous East End, with the longest street market in the capital and the celebrated dog track. This ...More
Holiday Inn Express London Newbury Park London
Holiday Inn Express London Newbury Park
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel† from £52† 28% off
713 Eastern Ave, IG2 | 5.3 miles from Epping Forest
This bright, modern hotel is part of the Holiday Inn's Express line which offer a cheaper alternative to their standard hotels. Although out in the suburbs ...More
Victoria Park London
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
Bunhill Fields London
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
Hampstead Heath London
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Hampstead Heath
London > Attractions > Parks and Gardens
NW3 | 10.6 miles from Epping Forest
The wildest of London's parks, Hampstead Heath has fields to run in, long grass to roll in, woods to hide in and, most famously, ponds to ...More
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Sights and Attractions near Epping Forest

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Epping Forest
William Morris Gallery London
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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
East Village London
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East Village
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Victory Park Celebration Avenue, E20 | 7.2 miles from Epping Forest
The former Athletes' Village for the 2012 London Olympics, East Village is London's first Olympic legacy village providing homes, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars on the ...More
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge London
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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
Stratford Picturehouse London
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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
Theatre Royal Stratford East London
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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
The Red Crate London
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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
Tiger London
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Elevator Gallery London
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Elevator Gallery
London > Shopping > Art and Design
Mother Studios, Queens Yard, White Post Lane, E9 | 7.8 miles from Epping Forest
Elevator Gallery is a contemporary artist-run space in Hackney Wick, London and is housed in the attic of a former chocolate factory, above Mother Studios. Curators ...More
Whole Foods Market London
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Whole Foods Market
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
32-40 Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 | 7.8 miles from Epping Forest
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Restaurants near Epping Forest

What are the best dining options near Epping Forest London?
Morello Ristorante London
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Morello Ristorante
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
18 High Road, E18 | 3.8 miles from Epping Forest
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Zizzi - South Woodford London
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Zizzi - South Woodford
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
198 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 | 3.8 miles from Epping Forest
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Red Mantra London
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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
Connexions Careers Centre London
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Connexions Careers Centre
London > Education > Careers 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
Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique London
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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
Four Corners London
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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.
Lee Valley Athletics Centre London
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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
Redbridge Cycling Centre London
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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
UK Bungee Club London
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UK Bungee Club
London > Leisure > Extreme Sports
Fairlop Waters, Leisure Complex, Forest Road, Barkingside, Essex, IG6 | 4.2 miles from Epping Forest
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Pubs near Epping Forest

The best pubs near London Epping Forest.
The Kings Head London
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The Kings Head
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
1 The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 | 6.5 miles from Epping Forest
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King Eddie's London
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King Eddie's
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
47 Stratford Broadway, E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
A gastropub East End style - and that doesn't mean organic, corn-fed jellied eels and a gang of smoke ventilation engineers. The team behind King Eddie's ...More
King Eddie's London
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King Eddie's
London > Nightlife > Pubs
47 Stratford Broadway, E15 | 7.5 miles from Epping Forest
A gastropub East End style - and that doesn't mean organic, corn-fed jellied eels and a gang of smoke ventilation engineers. The team behind King Eddie's ...More
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Nightlife near Epping Forest

Epping Forest clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Crate Brewery London
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
The Fringe London
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Fringe
London > Nightlife > Bars
Swan Wharf, Old Ford Lock, E3 | 8 miles from Epping Forest
A pop up private members' club in a former Victorian stable in Swan Wharf, a 100-metre walk from the Olympic Park, The Fringe is the place ...More
Hackney Central London
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Hackney Central
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
Amhurst Road, E8 | 8.1 miles from Epping Forest
Hackney’s freshest venue is a converted railway station with a plush bar / restaurant on the ground floor and a nightclub upstairs. The kitchen serves excellent ...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.
Bistrotheque London
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Bistrotheque
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-27 Wadeson Street, Hackney, London E2 | 8.9 miles from Epping Forest
...More
Union Chapel London
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Union Chapel
London > Business > Venue Hire
The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 9.5 miles from Epping Forest
...More
ExCel London Exhibition Centre London
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ExCel London Exhibition Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
Royal Victoria Dock, E16 | 9.6 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

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