Noted for its historic Village, diverse leisure facilities and proximity to London, Chigwell has become one of the most desirable locations in the Epping Forest area, rightfully earning its place on Essex’s Golden Triangle. The picturesque town has a tranquil, village feel, immediately visible in its beautiful church and traditional local pubs, the surrounding woodlands and characteristic Tudor beams that can be seen on much of the local architecture. Indeed, Chigwell sits in London’s green belt and is bordered by Greater London’s most expansive open space, Epping Forest, as well as historic Hainault Forest to the South.
Chigwell boasts enviable transport links. With easy access to the M11 and North Circular, and two train stations and the London Underground Central Line close by, visiting the capital or a trip into the English countryside is both simple and swift.
Just 45 minutes by train from London’s West End, the best capital can be enjoyed in a very short time. Westfield Stratford, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, is less than half an hour from Chigwell and is home to around 350 stores and services, from the highest end to high street.
Staying at the top of your game is simple with an excellent selection of sport and leisure facilities in and around Chigwell. Choose from two local gyms; Woolston Hall in Chigwell and Virgin Active in Repton Park. Housed within a converted church, Repton’s unique setting enables you to swim beneath stained glass windows. Close by, a newly refurbished David Lloyd Health Club boasts the latest indoor and outdoor facilities and a luxurious spa, perfect for pampering.
Chigwell Golf Club is one of the most prized in the area and offers a year-round calendar of events whilst Abridge Golf and Country Club boasts an 18-hole par 72 Championship course designed by Henry Cotton and set in 240 acres of parkland.
Those who enjoy the great outdoors can explore the vast swathes of local countryside. Within an easy walk of Chigwell are two ancient forests and many thousands of acres of country parkland, providing a picturesque backdrop for a run, family picnic or Sunday stroll.
When it comes to shopping and relaxing, Chigwell offers a world of choice on your doorstep. It wouldn’t be the Golden Triangle without the area’s mix of great boutiques, high street names and independent retailers. The latest fashions can be found in Chigwell town centre and in nearby Loughton and Buckhurst Hill. Local highlights include celebrity dressers and fashion magazine favourite Debra Chigwell and ChiChi Boutique stocking designer clothing, accessories and homewares. There’s also the eponymous Lucy’s Boutique and men’s style emporium Zap offering Gucci, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana.
Take a break or parade your purchases in one of many trendy cafés and bars on each high street. Plus, at just 45 minutes by train from London’s West End, the best of the capital can be enjoyed in a very short time. Westfield Stratford, one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, is less than half an hour from Chigwell centre and is home to around 350 stores and services, from the highest end to high street.
Direct services on London’s Central Line leave regularly from Chigwell, Hainault, and Grange Hill underground stations, which means the bright lights and bustling streets of London’s famous West End are only a short excursion from home. Historical theatres, galleries, concert venues, clubs, bars, and shopping streets can all be reached in less than an hour.
Surrounding the streets of Soho are some of the city’s most celebrated shopping destinations. Oxford, Regent and Carnaby Streets provide a constant source of excitement and inspiration, with new places to explore opening all the time. Great British boutiques to international department stores Liberty and Selfridges draw the most discerning customers whilst Jermyn Street and Savile Row remains synonymous with gentlemen’s luxury.
Just a stroll from there is Mayfair and London’s two most prestigious thoroughfares, Bond Street and Mount Street. And when you need to sit down, relax or refuel, you can choose from exquisite restaurants including household names such as Arbutus, Yauatcha Soho, Hakkasan and Nobu in Berkeley Street.
Chigwell offers a wide variety of popular restaurants and bars to cater for every appetite. Star-studded restaurant and venue Sheesh offers an award-winning fine dining menu served in lively and opulent surroundings. Nearby The Bluebell offers the finest in modern British and European cuisine in an elegantly relaxed atmosphere with first class service.
Lighter options, from both independent outlets and high street names, abound. Explore deli cafés and regional Indian cooking. Visit Prezzo in nearby Buckhurst Hill offering charming alfresco dining space or try Zizzi and Pizza Express in neighbouring Loughton. Café Rouge, The Olive Tree and British seafood specialist Loch Fyne give a taste of the choice available.
Those after a more traditional experience, seasonal fayre and local ales, can find it all in front of a roaring fire at The King William IV pub on Chigwell High Road. Or discover the fresh, modern menus of the Crown and Crooked Billet in Woodford Green, home to an annual fish festival celebrating the arrival of summer. With nights out hosted by Sheesh, La Sala and the famed Mooro’s Restaurant, the Golden Triangle has the ingredients to satisfy any taste.