Ilford is one of 12 designated metropolitan town centres in London.

Retail and Leisure activties                                                        

The town centre benefits from excellent retail shopping with the Exchange Mall at its hub, anchored by Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Next.  

Should your tastes run to sports and exercise rather than retail, you are spoilt for choice. With two leisure centres located within the town centre, Ilford golf course on the door step and many other activities within a short hop, skip or jump. To view a wide range of  leisure options, visit the London Borough of Redbridge website. 

Culture and History

If you prefer culture and history, Ilford boasts the Hospital Chapel of St. Mary & St. Thomas of Canterbury - Ilford, built in the 12th century Known locally as The Hospital Chapel, this is one of the gems in Redbridge’s Crown – Graded II* by English Heritage, it is the oldest building in the London Borough of Redbridge, founded circa 1145AD by Adelicia (Adeliza), Abbess of Barking, as a hospice for 13 aged and infirm men.

Ilford Lane is a vibrant ethnic businesses and residential community hub, with a range of shops, restaurants and faith centres.