The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Ilford

Ilford Insights
Ilford Crime Rate
Living and working in Ilford
Schools in Ilford
Shopping in Ilford
Hotels in Ilford
Top places to visit in Ilford
Top places to eat in Ilford
Ilford FAQs
Ilford Locksmith

Ilford Insights

A large town in the capital, Ilford is known for its different range of schools with “good” and “outstanding” Ofsted ratings. It is also home to many public places that are used for exploring, visiting, and exercising. With great access to the city centre, Ilford is popular with having many cycle lanes and routes if you don’t fancy getting the tube to explore in and around the area. Ilford is also a very multi-cultural place to live in with a wide diversity.


Ilford Crime Rate

The borough of Redbridge, where you’ll find Ilford, is generally not a dangerous city as its crime rate is low compared to other boroughs in London, such as Westminster. The Ilford crime however, is the highest crime rate compared to other towns in its borough, with anti-social behaviour being the most reported crime, followed by vehicle crime whereas Ilford’s crime rate for bicycle theft has the lowest reported incidents. Make sure you read our blog here on How to Help Prevent Car Break ins.

Ilford crime rate


Living and Working in Ilford

Ilford is not as cheap as other towns outside London. Even though it is not in the centre of London, it is still expensive due to the easy access to the centre of the capital. An average house in Ilford would cost £431,996 (2021) while an average room rent would cost £638 per calendar month. Ilford has an average salary of £36.9K, which compares very well to the UK’s average salary, in addition to a high employment rate.


Schools in Ilford

Primary Schools

St Stephen’s Primary School and Christchurch Primary School have an Ofsted rating of “outstanding”. Vicarage Primary School and Avenue Primary School are both very popular with a “good” Ofsted rating.

Secondary Schools

Valentines High School, Seven Kings School, and Ark Isaac Newton Academy are amongst the very popular and they have an Ofsted rating of “outstanding”. Other choices include Eastbury Community School and Mayfield School with an Ofsted rating of “good”.

London School of Management Education

Offering many different facilities for prospective and international students, the LSME is the perfect choice for preparing yourself for the university as it has many different courses. Undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses are awarded by the University of Chichester, besides the teacher training courses provided.


Shopping in Ilford

Exchange Ilford is the main shopping centre in Ilford, offering more than 90 stores, including fashion brands, dining options, and department stores. There are many facilities provided that suits everyone, from kids to community events. A further choice is Ilford Retail Park, which is typically for large chain stores, such as Lidl and M&S.


Hotels in Ilford

Cranbrook Hotel –

Located only 5 minutes walking from the Ilford train station, which provides access to central London in few minutes, the hotel has a 24 hour reception service that can suit your arrival any time. Valentines Park is also few minutes walking, offering guests a relaxing place nearby.

Ilford Hotel Goodmayes –

The hotel is highly rated by couples. It offers parking, Wi-Fi, and 24 hour reception facilities.

Park Hotel –

The hotel is also within a walking distance to the train station and Valentines Park in addition to being located between two of the busiest shopping parades in Ilford.


Top 10 Places to Visit in Ilford:

  1. Valentines Park
  2. Valentines Mansion
  3. Kenneth More Theatres
  4. South Park
  5. Seven Kings Park
  6. Hainault Forest
  7. Redbridge Museum
  8. London Sri Murugan Temple
  9. Fairlop Waters Country Park
  10. Thames Barrier


Top 10 places to eat in Ilford:

  1. Capricho Portuguese Kitchen
  2. Filika Restaurant
  3. Elvet Steakhouse
  4. MyLahore British Asian Kitchen
  5. Cristina’s
  6. Sahara Grill
  7. Provender
  8. Vijay’s Virasat
  9. Spice
  10. Figo Leyton


Ilford FAQs:

Where is the hospital in Ilford?

King George Hospital, located in Barley Lane, is the main NHS Trust hospital in Ilford. It offers a 24 hour emergency department service for any healthcare emergencies that can happen to the residents.

What is the closest airport to Ilford?

The closest airport to Ilford is London City (LCY) Airport, which is only 3.9 miles away. The second closest airport is London Heathrow (LHR) Airport, which is 23.5 miles away.


Need a Locksmith in Ilford?

Covering all of Ilford, Keytek Locksmiths will help you keep on top of the safety tips. Whatever your Ilford emergency is, whether it is an Ilford lock and door issue or an advice needed for additional security, make sure you are as safe as possible. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Ilford provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more, is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on-site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!

There are many other things you need to consider living in Ilford, from moving houses to different commercial services, so check out our Moving Home Checklist  to help you along the way! If you’re considering improving the security of your home further still, checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!

View our Keytek® Locksmiths Ilford page to find your local Locksmith today or call us on 020 3727 5842! Make sure you follow the latest burglary and crime statistics in Ilford here!