Enjoy a richer, more rewarding lifestyle
On the edge of Epping Forest, surrounded by unspoilt countryside, the leafy village of Theydon Bois offers the best of all worlds: a vibrant community, excellent amenities and a relaxed rural atmosphere, all within a Tube journey of central London. Named after the family of Bois (de Bosco), who held the manor in the 12th and 13th centuries, its proximity to ancient woodland – along with its picturesque duck pond and its iconic avenue of 170-year old trees extending across the village green – provides an ideal backdrop to a modern country lifestyle.
Day-to-day essentials can be picked up in the local shops, where a supermarket supplements the services of an artisan baker and two traditional butchers’ stores, to name but a few. The superb cuisine in the local cafés and restaurants attracts diners from the wider area, while the two much-loved village pubs – The Bull and the Queen Victoria – are both perfect for a relaxing drink or a long, lazy Sunday lunch. The Blue Boar in nearby Abridge is well worth a visit for a night out, while the neighbouring market towns of Loughton, Epping and Waltham Abbey offer a wide range of tastes from all corners of the world. They are also home to high street stores, larger supermarkets and an assortment of independent boutiques.
Theydon Bois is in an area that is renowned for its choice and standard of schooling, with a superb selection of both state and private schools available for all ages; the village is home to a private nursery and its own primary school. There are a number of thriving churches, and an excellent range of clubs and community groups, including an active drama society and horticultural society, while the modern village hall hosts a vast array of activities, including yoga, bowls and badminton. One of the jewels in Theydon Bois’ crown is its sprawling 18-hole golf course (one of a number in the area), and both the lawn tennis club in Sidney Road and the cricket club in Avenue Road are very popular. As for the sporting highlight of the year, that is undoubtedly the annual Donkey Derby, which draws crowds of thousands from all over Essex to enjoy a great day out with the family.
Just beyond the village, Epping Forest and its miles of open-access countryside provides endless opportunities for walking, riding, mountain biking and fishing. In addition, the tranquil Lee Valley Regional Park, which hosted a number of London 2012 events, now offers white water rafting, athletics and cycling tracks for the use of all.
THEYDON BOIS UNDERGROUND STATION (0.7 MILE) TIMES TO:
|Epping underground||2 mins|
|Stratford underground||25 mins|
|Liverpool Street||35 mins|
|Bond Street underground||47 mins|
DISTANCE BY CAR TO:
|Epping Forest||5 miles|
|Waltham Abbey||5 miles|
|Westfield Stratford City||13 miles|
|London Stansted Airport||19 miles|
|London Southend Airport||34 miles|
|London Luton Airport||35 miles|
Train times from tfl.gov.uk and may involve changes. Mileage is approximate.