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Living In London
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Lying in the East London borough of Redbridge, Wanstead is a leafy area with a suburban feel due to its high proportion of green spaces. Such open spaces include the woodland of Wanstead Park, which was once part of the estate of Wanstead House, one of the premier Palladian stately homes in the UK - so much so that it was penned as the 'English Versailles'. The park also houses Wanstead Golf Club, one of Essex's most exclusive golfing venues with a busy social calendar. 
On a more homely note, property to rent in Wanstead is a more affordable area of London to buy or rent property whilst not compromising on quality or green space. For those that enjoy shopping, Wanstead offers a distinctive plethora of independent shops and boutiques. As such, it attracts shoppers from all over London and surrounding areas.  
      
To rest those tired limbs after a busy day at the shops, Wanstead offers a good mix of restaurants, notably specialist fish eateries in the true spirit of East London. For a more relaxed feel, 'The George' pub provides traditional pub fayre with the added bonus of an eccentric English legend to boot. Set into the wall of the pub is a four hundred year old plaque inscribed with an unusual ditty regarding a giant pastry. Local legends state that the plaque was installed after the theft of an enormous cherry pie by local workman who were caught and fined. If you are interested, check out Living In London.
Wanstead offers a variety of educational establishments including Wanstead High School whose alumni includes Nick Berry and Tony Robinson; six local primary schools to choose from and St Joseph's, an all girls private school. 
Employment wise, Wanstead has excellent transport links into central London for work with four tube stations in the local area as well as established bus and train links. Such invaluable links can also prove vital when you fancy a night on the town in Soho, a day shopping in Camden or perhaps to see a matinée in the West End. 
Culturally, it is interesting to know that Wanstead is only a stone's throw away from the main London 2012 Olympics site, so not only can you experience the buzz and multicultural nature of the games, but the area is set to regenerate rapidly with house prices increasing as a result of the event as well as drawing in art, business and media coverage. As Phil and Kirsty would say, Wanstead is a very 'up and coming' neighbourhood that is worth living and investing in.  For more detailed information, visitLiving In London.