A guide to Buckhurst Hill

PUBLISHED: 11:51 19 November 2018

Queen's Road has always been at the heart of the community

Queen's Road has always been at the heart of the community

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We get the lowdown on Buckhurst Hill – a vibrant and desirable corner of West Essex

Originally an ancient settlement, first recorded in 1135, and known as Bucket Hill in reference the many beech trees that occupied the incline, Buckhurst Hill has always been deemed a good location, surrounded by forest, fields and open plains, yet with a close proximity to the city. Indeed, it was for this reason that it became a favoured retreat of Henry VIII who often stayed at the Langford hunting lodge where he would meet up with Anne Boleyn.

Yet for many years the area’s growth remained stagnant, and it was not until 1834 that development began, thanks in no small part to the arrival of the Epping New Road. The Church of St John the Baptist was built shortly thereafter. In 1838, however, there were still only 147 houses, but this was to substantially increase as of 1856 with the coming of the railway.

Keen to escape the smog and grime of London, many middle class families relocated to the

town for a healthier life, with

the top of the ridge deemed the best place to live. A few of their large Victorian villas are still evident today, although many disappeared to be replaced by smaller houses and flats as the 20th century progressed.

Queen’s Road has always been at the heart of the community, where the best shopping and dining can still be found. And if you think that things can get pretty lively there on a Saturday night, it’s nothing compared to the street fairs there of old, where elephants were part of the entertainment.

As well as its quirky and concentrated high street, Buckhurst Hill is also renown for its strong community spirit, with The Residents’ Society very active, bringing the community together for events such as the annual Christmas Fair.

Claims to fame (aside from being part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ as depicted on TOWIE), include the fact that Dick Turpin

ran a butchers shop in the town, while acclaimed artist Walter Spradbery was a long-term resident and helped create the Buckhurst Hill Community Association for adult learning.

But perhaps what makes Buckhurst Hill most noteworthy is its village feel and surrounding beauty, and let’s hope that continues for many years to come.

With special thanks to Parish Councillor Glenys Reynolds and Margaret Drew of the Buckhurst Hill Residents’ Society

We look at ten companies that have made their mark on the town

1. Repose Studio

As well as having the area’s only dedicated Power Plate studio, there’s also personal training programmes, boot camps, circuits, Pilates and yoga on offer, all in a friendly and fun environment.

179 Queen’s Road, IG9 5AZ

020 8559 0520

reposestudio.co.uk

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2. Tandoor at the Chambers

A contemporary and elegant eatery that offers innovative and delicious North Indian cuisine, much of which is cooked to perfection in the tandoor oven, and always served with grace and a smile.

188 Queen’s Road, IG9 5BD

020 3592 5372

tandooratthechambers.co.uk

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3. Daniel Cole Hair

Having recently expanded into swish new premises, the salon continues to offer an exemplary, bespoke service creating natural looking, beautiful hair using the very latest techniques.

158D Queen’s Road, IG9 5BD

020 7998 6800

danielcolehair.com

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4. Gosht

In the six months since opening this stylish Turkish restaurant has built up a loyal local following, which isn’t surprising considering the quality of the cooking, especially those meat kebabs.

147 Queen’s Road, IG9 5AZ

020 8504 6505

gosht.co.uk

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5. Ferals Boutique

A newcomer to the area that’s already creating a stir among local ladies thanks to its ultra glamorous collection of clothing, shoes and accessories all guaranteed to get you noticed.

158 Queen’s Road, IG9 5BD

020 3556 7442

@ferals_boutique

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6. Luxe Watches

Supplier of beautifully crafted new and pre-owned timepieces where collectors and enthusiasts can buy, sell and trade such premium brands as Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and more.

153A Queen’s Road, IG9 5AZ

020 3397 1596

luxewatches.co.uk

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7. The Aesthetic Medi Spa

An award-winning clinic offering state-of-the-art treatments that are expertly tailored to suit the individual’s needs, thus ensuring that the end result is a natural, beautiful appearance.

102-104 Queen’s Road, IG9 5BS

020 3302 8558

aesthetic-medispa.co.uk

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8. Il Petalo

A traditional neighbourhood Italian, but with an extra dollop of glamour, that offers a delicious, modern spin on the classics, alongside a creative specials board, in a lively atmosphere.

160 Queen’s Road, IG9 5BD

020 8505 7077

ilpetalo.co.uk

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9. One Six Queens

A very welcome addition to the area is this fabulous florist and home ware store where the displays are so unbelievably beautiful it’s nigh on impossible to walk out empty handed.

16 Queen’s Road, IG9 5BY

020 8505 1614

onesixqueens.co.uk

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10. The Railway Bar and Grill

The perfect local, with an extensive range of craft and bottled beers, premium lagers, wines and spirits, as well as hearty, home-made food and an excellent, child-friendly beer garden.

5 Queen’s Road, IG9 5BZ

020 3729 1388

therailwaybarandgrill.com

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