London Area Guides
Forest Gate Area Guide
Our area guide to Forest Gate gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include E7
This area, though in the East End of London, benefits from its wide open spaces and the atmosphere of the Wanstead Flats. This is a much overlooked area.
Property Types & Architecture
Named after the southern gate to Epping Forest, Forest Gate is an area with a great range of Victorian houses of many sizes including double-fronted detached properties, semi's and terraces.
Shopping & Entertainment
An exciting time of change for Forest Gate with the area around Forest Gate’s clock tower and the station hosting a popular local food and crafts market started by residents and held on Fridays, Saturdays and the last Sunday of the month. There are also trendy pop-up restaurants opening in the area. For those who love to shop, Westfield Stratford City is two stops away by train and as well as a plethora of shops and restaurants you can also find cinemas and a bowling alley.
Parks & Commons
On the edge of Epping Forest, there isn't far to go to find the largest public open space in London. With events throughout the year there is no shortage of choice, including walking, running and cycling to horse riding, angling, football and even golf.
Who lives here?
First-time buyers and those looking to step up the ladder to a larger property are attracted to Forest Gate and with trains to Liverpool Street taking only 13 minutes and the Crossrail set to open in early 2019, when trains to Tottenham Court Road will take 17 minutes, this area will no doubt continue to grow in popularity.
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Schools in Forest Gate & Exam Results
Schools in Forest Gate fall under the Newham Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Forest Gate by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Forest Gate
Forest Gate Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 2 councils covering the Forest Gate area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Forest Gate Local Authorities
Forest Gate is is represented by Newham Council, Waltham Forest Counci. which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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