Facts about South Woodford
South Woodford is an area of east London, England, located in the historic county of Essex. Bordering Woodford Green to the north, Snaresbrook and Wanstead to the south, Redbridge to the east, and Walthamstow to the west, it is situated 8.9 miles (14.3 km) north-east of Charing Cross.
Similar to much of south-west Essex, the area expanded rapidly in the 19th century, forming part of the conurbation of London and becoming a suburb. It became part of the Metropolitan Police District in 1839 and has been part of the London postal district since its inception in 1856.
South Woodford’s retail and business area is centred on George Lane, the location of South Woodford tube station and Woodford Green High Road. There are several leading chain store shops, such as Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Boots and a number of smaller shops, restaurants and cafes.
There is a seven screen Odeon cinema, which opened in 1934 as a Majestic and is the only cinema in the area. As of November 2017, its freehold is for sale. Next door, The George pub, an 18th-century building on the site of an earlier inn, was originally a stopping point for stagecoaches, with several bars.