How to get around Ilford
Ilford Train Station provides easy rail links with The City of London, with trains operated by Abellio Greater Anglia to Liverpool Street in just over 15 minutes. You can also get to Stratford in less than 10 minutes, where you can admire the Olympic Park and shop ‘til you drop in the huge Westfield Stratford City. For more shopping opportunities head to Romford in 10 minutes where there are four shopping centres plus a historic outdoor market dating back to 1247. You can stay on the train out to Shenfield in Essex, which takes less than half an hour from Ilford.
Ilford is a fantastic base from which to travel around London. The nearest tube station is Gants Hill and you can travel easily on the Central Line to the capital’s main attractions. Travel to St Paul’s, 25 minutes away, and you can visit St Paul’s Cathedral; and it’ll take only 28 minutes to get to colourful Covent Garden. In 26 minutes you could be at Waterloo, ready to ride on the fabulous London Eye. If you head further out of London from Gants Hill, you can be at Loughton Tube Station in 18 minutes – a 13 minute walk from here and you’ll be in the beautiful Epping Forest. This is the largest public open space in London, stretching over 6000 acres.
If you decide to drive to Ilford then you can easily park in the NCP car park near Ilford Train Station on Cranbrook Road.
If you want to use taxis to get around the district, there are lots of taxi companies in the area. The nearest to Ilford Station is Apollo minicabs on Ilford Hill and A-Star Cars is also nearby, located on the High Road.
Ilford On Foot
Ilford has more than enough to keep you entertained but why not venture a little further a-field on foot. You can experience the multi-cultural vibe of Loxford in South Ilford - just a 30 minute walk away. Or pay a visit to Little Ilford, which the Domesday Book identifies as the original location of Ilford (this is just 10 minutes away on foot). Wanstead has lots of green, open spaces and is well worth a visit; it’s just a 35 minute walk from Ilford itself. Or, if you fancy a longer stroll, why not visit Stratford, the main location for the 2012 Olympics. Stratford is being massively regenerated and getting ready for the building of Olympic Park. You can walk there in under an hour.