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Forest Gate is an area of east London in the Borough of Newham that lies directly east of Stratford and the London Olympic Park. The area’s name is a reference to the purpose it served for centuries as the southern gate of Epping Forest, which once stretched continuously from Epping to what is now Romford Road. The main road route through Forest Gate is still Romford Road, which was first established by Romans as a major transport link between London and Colchester. Modern day Forest Gate is a busy and vibrant urban area renowned in part for its parks and particularly Wanstead Flats, which lie a little way north of Romford Road. The flats are home to several local grassroots football clubs, whose ranks have produced numerous England sporting heroes, including Sol Campbell, John Terry and Jermaine Defoe.
Setting up your business here
Businesses and office space occupiers in Forest Gate are exceptionally well placed to reach the City of London, as well as Canary Wharf and the West End. Travelling to any part of central London takes a matter of minutes by train, Tube or taxi. Companies based in the area include chartered accountants and advisers such as TaxLive, business management consultants such as Alpha SHEQ and mortgage brokers such as Yash Financial Services. The area is also home to numerous other professional service providers, manufacturers and retailers.
Things to do in Forest Gate
As well as being the place where hundreds of footballers honed their skills, Wanstead Flats is an expansive area of open space and bio-diversity that is a great place to visit and spend time. Other nearby attractions and sites of interest include Upton Park, home of West Ham Football Club and the areas around the River Lea, which runs into the Thames after passing through much of east London. Neighbouring Stratford now boasts a number of hugely impressive stadia thanks to the area’s hosting of the Olympic Games, which also encouraged the construction of Westfield Stratford City, one of the largest entertainment and retail complexes in London. There are some excellent traditional pubs in and around Forest Gate such as the Forest Tavern and the Fox and Hounds, both of which you’ll find on Forest Lane. For options in terms of eating out near Forest Gate, try Stratford City and its World Food Court, or restaurants such as TwentyTwelve, the Real Greek or Café Football.