South Woodford

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South Woodford
South Woodford is located in Greater London
South Woodford
South Woodford
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ405905
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtE18
Dialling code020
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°35′36″N 0°01′33″E / 51.593453°N 0.025717°E / 51.593453; 0.025717Coordinates: 51°35′36″N 0°01′33″E / 51.593453°N 0.025717°E / 51.593453; 0.025717

South Woodford is a suburb of London in North East London situated 8.9 miles (14.3 km) north-east of Charing Cross. South Woodford, Woodford Green, Woodford Bridge and Woodford Wells form the area known as Woodford which has its origins dating back at least to the Saxon period. It was part of Essex until 1965.

George Pub and Odeon Cinema, South Woodford


South Woodford's retail and business area is centred on George Lane, the location of South Woodford tube station, and Woodford Green High Road. There are several leading chain store shops, such as Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Boots and a number of smaller shops, restaurants and cafes. There is a crown post office, which is facing closure.

There is a seven screen Odeon cinema, which opened in 1934 as a Majestic and is the only cinema in the area. As of November 2017, its freehold is for sale. Next door, The George pub, an 18th-century building on the site of an earlier inn, was originally a stopping point for stagecoaches, with several bars. The George once had a fine dining area on the first floor and then later a pizzeria in the basement, with a large spiral staircase between the floors. Other local amenities include a number of green areas, many of which form part of Epping Forest.

There are numerous churches and chapels representing various Christian denominations, several synagogues and a mosque.[1]

This area was until 2004 home to the student residences of Queen Mary, University of London, but the distinctive tower blocks were demolished in 2007 and replaced with lower-rise privately owned apartments, as well as some council housing, known as Queen Mary's Gate.

The Redbridge Drama Centre, situated next to Churchfields Junior School, provides workshops for young children aged 5 and above and adults up until 65, drama education to local schools and culture to the surrounding area. It has an in-house theatre company named Vital Stages. There are shows at least once a week from touring companies.

South Woodford lies within the London Borough of Redbridge, covering the wards of Church End, Roding and part of Snaresbrook.[2] Each ward has a team of Neighbourhood Police, each managed by one sergeant.



South Woodford sits at the junction of the North Circular Road with the start of the M11 motorway, which begins at "Charlie Brown's Roundabout" and is accessible from the "Water Works" roundabout. "Charlie Brown's roundabout" was enlarged in 1972 to accommodate the flyover and sliproads onto the newly constructed motorway.

South Woodford also offers easy access to the A1400, which merges into the A12, as well as access to the A12 from "Green Man's" roundabout and the A104 which is known as Lea Bridge Road and is a major link to areas of central London via Hackney


George Lane itself is split into two by the Central line rail track with the western part of the road containing the majority of shops and businesses. There was originally a level crossing at this point, but now a flyover (locally referred to as "the Viaduct") carries traffic between the east and west sides of George Lane.

The area is served by South Woodford tube station in Travelcard Zone 4 on the Central line of the London Underground.


There are many bus routes which connect South Woodford to other parts of London, including the N55 night bus from central London. All services serve George Lane and South Woodford Station, excluding route 123 which only serves the North Circular stops in South Woodford, and route 549 which only serves South Woodford Station and George Lane South. All services are low floor and wheelchair accessible.

Route Number Route Places served in South Woodford Operator Operation
123 Ilford Hainault Street to Wood Green Station London Underground via Tottenham North Circular Road (Southend Road) Arriva London Daily. Times
179 Chingford Station National Rail to Ilford Hainault Street via Woodford Green High Road Woodford Green, George Lane, Hermon Hill Stagecoach London Daily. Times
549 South Woodford Station London Underground to Loughton Station London Underground via Buckhurst Hill George Lane South, Hermon Hill Go-Ahead London Mon-Sat. Times
W12 Wanstead Station London Underground to Walthamstow Coppermill Lane via Walthamstow Woodford Road, George Lane, Hermon Hill CT Plus Daily. Times
W13 Woodford Wells Horse & Well to Leytonstone Station London Underground via Wanstead High Road Woodford Green, George Lane, Hermon Hill CT Plus (See route N55 for a night service) Daily. Times
W14 Woodford Bridge to Leyton Asda via Leytonstone Woodford Road, George Lane, Hermon Hill Tower Transit Daily. Times
N55 Night Bus Woodford Wells Horse & Well to Oxford Circus London Underground via Leytonstone High Road Woodford Green, George Lane, Hermon Hill Stagecoach London Daily nights. Times


South Woodford has a good selection of schools including Nightingale Primary, Snaresbrook Primary, Churchfields and Oakdale which are both split into infants and juniors. There is also Snaresbrook Preparatory and Woodbridge Secondary School.

Forest School is an independent school, within close proximity to South Woodford, in that the playing fields are arguably in South Woodford.


  1. ^ "Mosque search". 31 August 2010.
  2. ^ Map showing wards in Redbridge, London Borough of Redbridge