The adorable area in East London that looks like it belongs deep in the countryside

East London isn’t exactly known for its countryside walks, quaint village pubs or rural beauty.

Yet, there is a tiny patch in the east of the city that visitors often say doesn’t look like it belongs in London.

Bushwood, located in the heart of Leytonstone and sandwiched between Stratford and Walthamstow, is something of an undiscovered gem.

The Browning Road conservation area is arguably the most idyllic stretch of Bushwood, with cobbled pavements, street lanterns and charming cottages.

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The North Star pub is a favourite with Bushwood locals

The area wouldn’t look wholly out of place in the depths of Kent or Surrey.

It’s still London through and through, with a McDonald’s, Tesco Superstore and the A12 just a stone’s throw away.

Even Leytonstone Tube station is just a few minutes down the road. Jump on the Central line and you’ll be back in Liverpool Street in no time.

Down the Browning Road conservation area, you’ll find a cutesy gift shop selling eclectic art from local artists, and a tiny wellbeing centre offering meditation, yoga and wellness workshops.

The area is steeped in history, as it’s what is left of what Leytonstone used to be as an old hamlet.

Waltham Forest Council declared the conservation area as such in 1977, meaning that while development can take place, steps must be taken to preserve the area’s character and heritage.

Back in the day, the Bushwood area didn’t just feel rural, it was rural. It acted as an out of city area for well-off businessmen to live in big country houses.

Some suggest that the tiny cottages that line the conservation area were originally built to house the servants of the wealthier people in the area.

The green spaces that line Bushwood feel a bit like enchanted forests

The green spaces that line Bushwood feel a bit like enchanted forests

One of the local pubs, The North Star, looks like it belongs on route during a summer walk in the country.

The pub, which was established in 1854, was built as a public house from two cottages.

The pub was reportedly named The North Star after its founder, Frederick Wildsmith, took a voyage to India on a large sailing ship of the same name, and returned with a monkey. His trip was apparently such a joy, he named the establishment after the ship he travelled on.

Nowadays, it’s a certified community hub boasting what is surely one of the best pub atmospheres in the capital.

On the menu is authentic (and delicious, might we add) Thai food and a range of homemade pizzas. It’s a varied mix, much like the locals, who can often be found perched with a pint in the beer garden.

The beautiful allotment feels miles away from the nearest city

The beautiful allotment feels miles away from the nearest city

The community spirit in the area is palpable, and leaflets offering to buy residents’ homes are never far from their letterboxes.

The true countryside vibe isn’t far away either, with green spaces in abundance in almost every direction.

There’s the local allotments where chickens roam and tomatoes grow, and Wanstead Park, Wanstead Flats and Hollow Ponds just around the corner.

As you’d expect, every stunning area of London comes with a not-so-stunning price tag: according to data collected by Zoopla in August 2021, homes in Bushwood average at almost £800,000.

Life is equally enticing outside of the cosy conservation area and on the less serene border of Bushwood.

Along Leytonstone High Road you’ll find one of the local favourites, the Victorian pub The Red Lion, where Led Zeppelin are thought to have played their first UK show.

Blur frontman Damon Albarn, who is from the area, also performed the band’s legendary song Park Life at the pub back in 2014.

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