10 Things to Do in Loughton That You Shouldn't Miss

December 14, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Loughton (/ˈlaʊtən/) is a town and civil parish in the Epping Forest District of Essex, and part of the metropolitan area of London and the Greater London Urban Area. It is located between 11 and 13 miles (21 km) north east of Charing Cross in London, south of the M25 and west of the M11 motorway and has boundaries with Chingford, Waltham Abbey, Theydon Bois, Chigwell and Buckhurst Hill. Loughton includes three conservation areas and there are 56 listed buildings in the town, together with a further 50 that are locally listed.
Restaurants in Loughton

1. Epping Forest

Epping IG10 4RW, England
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4.5 based on 75 reviews

Epping Forest

Reviewed By Sahara D - Geelong, Australia

We had a beautiful walk in Epping Forrest and enjoyed many varied tracks to the pretty lake. Spotted some shy wild squirrels and all around was lovely greenery in very peaceful surrounds. Lots of photo opportunities and birdlife on the lake. Plenty of carparks and some places to get a snack. Very enjoyable!

2. Topgolf Chigwell

Abridge Road, Chigwell IG7 6BX, England +44 20 8500 2644
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4 based on 618 reviews

Topgolf Chigwell

Topgolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favourite local bar. You can challenge your friends and family to addictive point-scoring golf games that anyone from the hopeful pro golfer to your neighbour's 7-year-old can play all year-round. Just picture a 240-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets in the ground. The closer to the centre or "bull's-eye" you get and the further you hit your microchipped balls, the more points you get. Score even bigger with Topgolf's extensive food and drink menu that is sure to impress even the pickiest foodies. It's not golf - it's Topgolf.

Reviewed By sammyedwardsx

Me and my boyfriend have stayed in the area and we decided to go, we absolutely loved it compared to the usual driving ranges back at home. We would love to have one of these in Manchester. I’d advise you to go in the week...MoreGreat to hear you enjoyed your Topgolf experience. We look forward to welcoming you back.

3. Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge

8 Rangers Road, Chingford, Waltham Forest E4 7QH, England +44 20 7332 1911
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge

Reviewed By wingate - London, United Kingdom

Arrived here early Sunday morning to avoid heavy bank holiday traffic.Very interesting to zee an original Tudor building.Lots of information inside gives you an idea of the life of the Forrester's 500 years ago.

4. Lee Valley White Water Centre

Marshgate Cottage Station Road, Waltham Cross EN9 1AB, England
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5 based on 1 reviews

Lee Valley White Water Centre

Lee Valley White Water Centre was host to the London 2012 Olympic Games and you can now experience a range of activities at this venue. Rafting the Olympic course is a must for anyone ticking things of their bucket list! You'll get several runs down the course. We progressively up the fear factor each time and by your final run you’ll be Surfing, high siding, spinning and nose dunking with the very best! You can also choose from our range of other white water activities and a choice of canoeing and kayaking sessions, from family paddling on our lake to mastering our two white water courses.

Reviewed By kristieupthehammers

WELL!! what an absolutely FANTASTIC time had today at Lee Valley White Water Centre.. my friend and I spent the afternoon rafting in the rapids.. Our instructors were ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!! professional.. friendly.. Fun and very caring! THANK YOU RICH A AND IAN.. you made our day so much Fun!!! we will definitely be coming back and we highly recommend this as a fun day out!!! big up you guys kristie young (and best mate Jill) x

5. High Beach Church

Church Lane | High Beach, Epping Forest, Loughton IG10 4BF, England +44 1992 760492
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

High Beach Church

The Church of the Holy Innocents was built in 1873, designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield in Victorian Gothic style and is situate in the heart of Epping Forest. It is open every Sunday afternoon between 2.00 and 5.00 pm from the beginning of May to the end of September for visitors to look around and enjoy home-made cake and light refreshments in its tranquil churchyard. Visitors are encouraged to ascend the church tower to learn how to ring the carillon or to sit inside the church and listen to the Father Willis organ being played. On the altar cloth in the left hand chapel you can see the cattle brand marks for the local area depicted on the altar cloth and the carpet leading up to the altar shows the two varient spellings of High Beach/Beech.

Reviewed By JRFossil - Epping, Essex

This beautiful old church is set in the idyllic Epping Forest, The surroundings are picturesque all year round with frosty silvery branches in the winter, bright green shoots in the spring, green leaves and ferns in the summer and browns, yellow and gold leaves in the autumn.
Flowers can be found in the graveyard for most of the year ad the daffodils and bluebells are a sight for sore eyes. You can stop on the narrow forest road right next to the church and checking out some of the names and ages on the gravestones is interesting.
If in the area, or if you live nearby its well worth a visit, preferably on a sunny day.

6. Coda Falconry

Stubbins Hall Lane | Lee Valley Park Farm, Waltham Abbey EN9 2EF, England
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5 based on 158 reviews

Coda Falconry

Welcome to Coda Falconry - we are an award winning bird of prey centre based within the Lee Valley Park Farm, Essex and pride ourselves on the outstanding care and devotion given to our diverse collection of birds. Our friendly and approachable team will be on hand throughout the day to answer any questions you may have regarding the birds within our centre - we strive to make your day an unforgettable and interactive falconry experience that both children and adults can enjoy. As well as flying demonstrations throughout the day, Coda Falconry also offers a wide range of "Falconry Experiences" for those who would like to learn more about training and flying birds of prey or who simply wish to encounter a magical moment (or several!) when flying our birds to the gloved hand.

Reviewed By Chris H

An absolutely outstanding experience - “one of the best days ever” to quote my seven-year old son. Emily, Elliot and Luke took us on a wonderful woodland walk with a beautiful barn owl named Dusk. It was brilliant to have Dusk flying around us and perching on our gloves for food and a lift as we went about the walk. All of the staff were extremely knowledgeable about all the birds, patiently fielding all sorts of inquisitive questions and enthusiastically passing on a never ending supply of interesting facts. I think what impressed us most though was the genuine bond between the birds and the staff and it was a joy to watch the interactions between them. We’ll definitely be back for more and looking forward to the next experience.

7. The Three Colts

54 Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5EE, England +44 20 8504 0407
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4 based on 63 reviews

The Three Colts

A country style pub set in the town of Buckhurst Hill Recent refurb has kept old style charm yet has created a warm , clean pub for the community A dining room for freshly cooked food and a garden for the whole family.

Reviewed By Gina W - London, United Kingdom

We came here a fortnight ago. Seven of us with ages ranging from 89 to 2 years old. Four adults and three children. Not only were the staff lovely and really helpful but their customers were too.
Everyone one of us loved the food. Lots to choose from. We all had something different. The Australians with us and I myself would definitely come back!

Forest Road | Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, Waltham Forest E17 4PP, England +44 20 8496 4390
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4.5 based on 262 reviews

William Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to William Morris - designer, craftsman, writer, socialist and conservationist. The Gallery is housed in the Grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856.The William Morris Gallery reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment and won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013. William Morris Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Free entry.

Reviewed By Corb2000 - Yorkshire, United Kingdom

This former childhood home of William Morris is now a small museum telling the story of him, his family and colleagues. This provides the wider context of the Arts and Crafts Movement, along with other social and arts groups who were active at the same time, while also including some fascinating examples of the Morris family's individual skills. My visit was rather rushed so I plan to return when I can take my time looking around (and enjoying something to eat in the attractive cafe).
Good points:
+ Exhibits and displays provide a useful historical context for William Morris's work
+ Well selected variety of exhibits
+ Attractive grounds in the surrounding park and an appealing cafe
Not so good points:
- A little out of the way (but well worth the trip)

9. Valentines Park

Valentines Park Cranbrook Road | Redbridge, Ilford IG1 4UA, England +44 20 8708 8100
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4.5 based on 305 reviews

Valentines Park

It's beautiful to visit in the Summer,it is reasonably safe to visit but I would like to see more benches for us to sit on.Toilets need to be kept clean by both the public and the cleaners.....

Reviewed By westham16

A great day out for all the family beautiful Gardens and lakes plus also a boating lake, also has a cafe real treat for the family.

10. Bebs Bites Indian cookery

644 High Road, Woodford, Redbridge IG8 0QJ, England +44 7971 302927
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Bebs Bites Indian cookery

Authentic Indian cookery lessons in a relaxed fun and informative setting in the Epping Forest area. Eat as you go and enjoy a unique local night out whilst you learn to master fresh spices and cook healthy real indian food Italian cookery lessons also upon request.

Reviewed By Mckenzie85 - London, United Kingdom

My wife and I wanted to try something different, Bebsbites is a fantastic culinary experience. Ranjeet is an amazing host and teacher, her knowledge of Indian cuisine is extensive and detailed, she explains and guides you through every step and the end results from your...MoreDear J & H, Thank you very much for your kind words and I'm pleased to hear that i will see you again. regards, Ranjeet

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