Nestled between Walthamstow, Chingford and Woodford, Highams Park is a hidden gem tucked away in the northeast corner of Greater London where the city meets the woods. Formerly part of Essex it was absorbed into London along with rest of Walthamstow in 1965 but its roots go back to Anglo Saxon times and it is recorded in the Domesday Book.
Highams Park has a thriving shopping centre clustered around Highams Park station with an eclectic mix of boutique shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. The wider area has a distinct and widely appreciated character with abundant green spaces and a variety of amenities and transport links.
Highams Park lies on the Greenwich Meridian, about ten miles from St Pauls Cathedral.
Travelling to and from Highams Park
Commuting into Central London and beyond couldn’t be easier. With a direct rail station to Liverpool Street and both the Central and Victoria tube lines nearby, Highams Park has long been home to commuters who work in Central London but love the area’s affordability and access to green spaces.
Stansted Airport is accessible by car in 30 minutes due to Highams Park’s close proximity to the M11 and by rail within 45 minutes. The A406 North Circular connects Highams Park to north west London with the M25 just ten minutes away. Harwich and Dover Ports are both approximately two hours away via road.
Early settlers came to the Great Forest of Waltham and, from the Tudor period to the Victorian era, the beautiful forest around Hale End, and its proximity to the City, appealed to Lord Mayors of London and wealthy merchant bankers.
Epping Forest and the lake attracted day trippers, who came by rail to Hale End station, but the urban village of Highams Park only began to develop in the 20th century, when a plastics factory was established here.
Suddenly shops, schools and affordable houses were being built for factory workers and City clerks, and a lively community was created.
Fascinating people have always lived in the area, from Haldan in Saxon times to the designers of the Airship R101 and Concorde more recently.