Ilford Named as One of London’s Boomtowns

Ilford Named as One of London’s Boomtowns

Whilst Ilford may not have an immediate attraction, Ilford estate agents have classed the area as one of today’s boom towns, filled with young professionals, affordable accommodation and great transport in and around the centre of London.

Historically, the town was a small rural settlement, strategically placed on the River Roding and the London to Colchester road, turning the town into a coaching town in 1839.

The town, situated in East London, is located just 9.1 miles east of Charing Cross. Ilford forms a significant commercial and retail centre, surrounded by a whole range of residential development. Ilford forms a significant commercial and retail centre with high street names and department stores.

Public transport

Ilford is very well connected with buses and trains travelling in and around London. Trains run every few minutes to Liverpool Street and Brentwood. Ilford station will be completely rebuilt as part of the Crossrail programme, including a new station entrance, a larger ticket hall and new lifts built.

Once Crossrail is up and running, you can get to Paddington in 27 minutes, Bond Street in 24 minutes, Canary Wharf in 17 minutes and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 in 52 minutes.

For those driving, the North Circular skirts by Ilford and you’re not far away from the A12 and A13, making it a great commuter town to settle down in.


The majority of primary schools in Ilford are rated “good” by Ofsted, with a handful of secondary schools in the area rated “outstanding”.

Leisure activities

There are many things to do in Ilford, whether you’re looking for somewhere to have long, afternoon walks at or high street shops to spend your hard-earned money in – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the area. There are wonderful vegan restaurants and independent cafes to relax and unwind in.


Ilford is a diverse place with a nice environment and excellent housing. With fast access to the city and lots to do in and around the area, Ilford is one of the top places to live and work in this year.