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Coordinates: 51°35′36″N 0°01′33″E / 51.593453°N 0.025717°E / 51.593453; 0.025717

South Woodford
South Woodford is located in Greater London
South Woodford

 South Woodford shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ405905
London borough Redbridge
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district E18
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Chingford and Woodford Green
Ilford North
Leyton and Wanstead
London Assembly Havering and Redbridge
List of places: UK • England • London

South Woodford is a suburb of north-east London in the London Borough of Redbridge, situated 8.9 miles (14.3 km) north-east of Charing Cross. Together with Woodford Green and Woodford Bridge it forms the area known as Woodford, the origins of which date back at least to the Saxon period. It was part of Essex until 1965.



South Woodford's retail and business area is centred around George Lane — the main high street for the district — and Woodford Green High Road. There are a number of well-known chain store shops and a good selection of smaller shops, restaurants, cafes, and two post offices, including a royal mail sorting office.

There is an Odeon cinema in the High Road, which is the only cinema in the area. Other amenities include a number of green areas, many of which form part of Epping Forest.

There are numerous churches and chapels representing many Christian denominations, as well as several synagogues and a mosque.

This area was also, 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.




George Lane itself is split into two by the Central Line rail track with the northern part of the road containing the majority of shops and businesses. There was originally a level crossing at this point, but now a flyover carries traffic between the east and west sides of George Lane.

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. The roundabout is named after a pub/transport café which was demolished when the roundabout was enlarged to accommodate flyover sliproads onto the newly-constructed motorway.

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.


From South Woodford many other local places can be reached using the bus services. 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 Serving Operator
123 Ilford Hainault Street to Wood Green Station London Underground via Tottenham North Circular Road (Southend Road) Arriva London
179 Chingford Station National Rail to Barking London Road via Woodford Green High Road Woodford Green, George Lane, Hermon Hill First London
549 South Woodford Station London Underground to Loughton Station London Underground via Buckhurst Hill George Lane South, Hermon Hill Docklands Buses
958 Mobility * Woodford Kings Avenue to Ilford Hainault Street via Wanstead High Road Woodford Green, George Lane, Hermon Hill First London
W12 Wanstead Station London Underground to Walthamstow Coppermill Lane via Walthamstow Woodford Road, George Lane, Hermon Hill First London (CT Plus from 6/10/10)
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)
W14 Woodford Bridge to Leyton Asda via Leytonstone Woodford Road, George Lane, Hermon Hill Arriva London
N55 Night Bus Woodford Wells Horse & Well to Oxford Circus London Underground via Leytonstone High Road Woodford Green, George Lane, Hermon Hill East London


Churchfields and Oakdale schools, both with junior and infant departments are in the area, together with St Josephs' Convent voluntary maintained school.

Notable individuals associated with South Woodford

For a comprehensive list of notable individuals of Woodford:

Current residents include:

Nearest areas

The nearest London Underground stations are South Woodford, Snaresbrook and Woodford on the Central Line.



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