Leyton and Leytonstone tipped as “hot” by CNN

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The influential US news channel has published a guide to the capital’s six “hippest” neighbourhoods

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One of the six as decreed by the US news channel. Photo: CNN
One of the six as decreed by the US news channel. Image: CNN
So it’s come to this. CNN – you know, the American channel you always end up watching in a hotel room when there’s nothing else that’s English-speaking – has declared E10 and E11 one of their sixth most “happening” areas of London. That’s alongside Peckham, Homerton, Walthamstow, Brixton and Deptford.

“For every gentrification action there’s a ripple of reaction,” reads the breathless prose. “As places like Walthamstow shoot up in popularity – at one point last year it had the fastest-rising property prices in the UK – people go elsewhere. This elsewhere is now, for some, Leyton and its adjoining near-namesake, Leytonstone.”

But, they warn, unlike, say, crazy Brixton or Peckham, with their competitively youthful scenes, this is “arguably fashionable London in its more mature, thoughtful form”. There are “fewer crowded pubs featuring difficult indie bands, more bakeries and people thinking about schools and commuting routes.”

Lucky: the only business to be name-checked by CNN. Photo: AYRIL
Lucky: the only business to be name-checked by CNN. Photo: AYRIL
Brilliant stuff, right? Finally, the piece goes on to rightly celebrate the area’s green spaces of Hackney Marsh, Wanstead Flats and Epping Forest, before reminding us that it remained “resolutely unfashionable” for decades.

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But the only business in the area that gets props is All You Read is Love, a “pop-up bookstore/cocktail lounge/coffee shop set up by Danish siblings that’s proved such a hit it’s in danger of becoming a permanent fixture.”

Fair enough, but we reckon they should have brushed on the Leytonstoner a little more if they really wanted the lowdown on E10 and E11.

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Read the full feature here. What do you think of CNN’s endorsement?
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  • dave83x

    Amazing. I live in Leyton and its glad to see it realizing its potential now.