Epping Forest
Just 250 yards from EdenGarden
Epping Forest, photo taken January 2011
Connaught Water
Chingford Golf Course
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EdenGarden Guest House and Spa is situated in Chingford, which is in the North East of London. It is on the London/Essex borders and very close to the borders of Hertfordshire and Middlesex too. Just 200 yards from EdenGarden is access to Epping Forest.

It is also conveniently located just a mile from Lee Valley Regional Park, which stretches 26 miles along the leafy banks of the River Lee, from Ware in Hertfordshire, through Essex, to the Thames at East India Dock Basin. On the way, it takes in nature reserves, country parks, heritage sites, working farm experiences, white water rafting, ice skating, athletics, fishing and bird-watching.

Rail Links: Chingford has very good transport links, including an "end of line" main line train station to Liverpool Street. It also stops at Walthamstow to transfer to the start of the Victoria Underground line. As both Chingford and Walthamstow are end of line stations, you are almost always guaranteed a seat when travelling to the City or to the West End. Click here for Transport For London Maps

By Road: (journey times will vary depending on time of day). We are 7 minutes from Junction 26 on the M25, 7 minutes from M11/Nth Circular (A406) junction, 25 minutes from Blackwall Tunnel.

Airports: If you require public transport from airports, contact us by email for more information. We are 25 minutes by car/taxi to London City Airport 35 minutes from Stansted Airport, one hour from Heathrow (very dependent on traffic flow) and one and a half hours from Gatwick Airport.

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Around and About

Chingford is possibly one of the best parts of London to live or stay. It is on the outskirts of London, so has the advantage of being convenient for travel to the centre. But it is also far enough away to be close to the countryside too. We are situated within 200 yards of the start of Epping Forest. In addition, we were conveniently situated for the 2012 Olympics.

Some visitors will not wish to leave the relaxing surroundings of our spa, but for those that do, here are some of the local attractions.

Within Walking Distance

Connaught Water SwanRestaurants: We are totally spoilt with restaurants. There is a wide selection ranging from takeaway to good quality restaurants, all within 5 minutes walking distance. This includes several very good Chinese, Indian, Italian, Coffee Shops etc.

Walking: Epping Forest begins just 200 yards from us. There are many, beautiful walks ranging from 15 minutes to all day. Epping Forest.
Less than 15 minutes walk is the Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge, originally built for Henry VIII in 1543.

Within 10 Minutes Drive

White Water Rafting

Waltham Abbey is one of those towns whose history is interwoven with that of its most important building, the Abbey itself. You could easily spend a whole day visiting the Town, The Abbey and the Gunpowder Mills. Five minutes by car or also by bus. Waltham Abbey
Gunpowder Mills: Explore the fascinating history shrouded in secrecy for over 300 years. Gunpowder Mills

White Water Rafting: Lee Valley White Water Centre, also in Waltham Abbey, is the best place in the world for white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking. After all it is the host venue for the Canoe Slalom events at the London 2012 Games. Set in the picturesque 1,000 acre River Lee Country Park, part of 26 mile long Lee Valley Regional Park. White Water Rafting

Gillwell Scout : Gilwell is the home of Scouting in the UK. Gillwell

Chingford Golf Course is a public one. It is laid out over the old hunting grounds of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I; where the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin roamed in the 1730's and where golf was first played in Essex on an officially recognised course in 1888. Chingford Golf. Also, a further half mile away is the West Essex Golf Club: West Essex. In addition Chingford also has a seperate Driving Range and a 9-hole Pitch and Putt.

Within 30 Minutes Drive

Queen Elizabeth 2012 Olympic Park: Info

Epping: Around 15 minutes drive from Chingford is Epping, a small market town mentioned in the Doomsday Book. Epping is a sought after residential area with many famous TV and Music stars living here. Attractions include Epping Ongar Steam Railway and many small villages dotted around the area. Near Ongar is the Secret Nuclear Bunker. Designed for up to 600 military and civilian personnel, their collective task being to organise the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war. Obviously now that we have told you about it, its no longer quite so secret!

Enfield: Attractions in Enfield include Forty Hall Estate, Capel Manor and Myddleton House.

Walthamstow: William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum. For an unusual, fun (possibly boozy!) afternoon/early evening out at weekends only, you might consider visiting God's Own Junk Yard, The Wildcard Brewery and Mother's Ruin Gin Palace - all on the same site in Shernhall Street. Have a look at their websites to see what they offer.

Stratford: With the regeneration of this area due to the Olympics in 2012, Stratford is evolving as the place to be. The new Westfield Shopping City is the largest indoor shopping centre in Europe. Stratford has many cosmopolitan restaurants and the Theatre Royal. DLR Rail links to Docklands and Canary Wharf, ExCeL Exhibition Centre , Emirates Thames Cable Car and The O2.

Football: Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, West Ham, Leyton Orient and Wembley (Some of these may be more than 30 mins on match days!)

Alexandra Palace: The People’s Palace is yours to enjoy, the 7 acre Palace is surrounded by 196 acres of beautiful parkland, and grounds that boast a pub & restaurant, ice rink, boating lake, pitch & putt course, 1,500 free parking spaces and much, much more. Ally Pally

St Peter's and Paul's Church, Chingford Connaught Water in the snow, Chingford

A cob protects its cygnets and some stray ducks from a playful dog on Connaught Water
St Peter and St Paul's Church, Chingford
Connaught Water in the snow