Ilford is a lively and popular town east of central London. The name first appears in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and means ‘Ford over the Hyde’, the old name of the local River Roding.
Today, the town is an attractive, welcoming and economically successful area that benefits from its cosmopolitan feel and a host of shops and entertainment. High street retailers rub shoulders with independent stores to offer a wide range of shopping and bars, cafes and restaurants provide plenty of places to meet friends and catch up. If you’re looking for entertainment, the area doesn’t fail to impress with an 11-screen cinema complex, bowling alley and theatre all closeby. And if that still isn’t enough, the clubs and live music venues offer somewhere to hang out late into the evening.
Further afield, Valentines Park is the largest green space in the borough. It plays host to Valentines Mansion & Gardens, a magnificent Georgian house and tranquil walled garden, that includes a unique dry garden opened by the Queen in 2012. Seven Kings Park also nearby, holds the prestigious Green Flag award for cleanliness. In addition to green spaces, there’s a skate park and children’s play area with the grounds also extremely popular with dog walkers, joggers or those keen to sit and take in the views.
Ilford is part of a major regeneration programme, which is set to re-establish the town as the heart of east London. The multi-million pound investment will create new homes, new jobs and further improve Ilford’s transport links throughout the area.
Ilford Hill will also benefit from a street redevelopment project, adding to the exciting expansion of the area. It will introduce new pedestrianized areas and cycle facilities, as well as a new meadow space opposite the Exchange Shopping Centre. In all, the regeneration will improve the quality, look and feel of Ilford, Perfect for The Paragon and its new owners