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

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.

1. High Beach Church

Church Lane | High Beach, Epping Forest, Loughton IG10 4BF, England Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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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 Lindsey L - London, England, United KingdomLondon, England, United Kingdom

Full of character in the heart of Epping Forest!

Lovely quaint church full of character in the heart of Epping Forest.Visited here on Christmas Eve last year. Very nice, friendly atmosphere and a good service.Lovely surroundings.Thanks for your lovely review Lindsey and we look forward to you joining us

2. St John the Baptist Church

Church Lane, Loughton IG10 1PD, England Sights & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

St John the Baptist Church

St John the Baptist is a very fine piece of Victorian architecture and probably the main sight in Loughton. It is about 20 minutes walk from Loughton station and on the 20 and 167 bus route.

Reviewed By Jan G - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Venue for My daughters wedding

This church is really amazing inside, the alter reminds me of Russia and the Tsar all very gold and splendid.It has a lovely calm atmosphere. I am so looking forward to the ceremony in March 2013. Will write new review then.

3. Epping Forest Visitor Centre

High Beech, Loughton IG10 4AF, England Traveler Resources, Visitor Centers
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High Beach Forest Centre, situated at a traditional Epping Forest beauty spot, is a great place to picnic and an ideal stop on your way through the Forest. Volunteers are on hand to help you, with maps, leaflets, souvenirs, events and lots of information on the Forest's wildlife. High Beach Visitor Centre is operated by the Friends of Epping Forest on behalf of the City of London.

Reviewed By MarshaS74 - Colorado Springs, ColoradoColorado Springs, Colorado

Talented Teenage Artists Featured in Epping Exhibition

After we visited Elizabeth l Hunting Lodge we wandered over to the visitors center. I was pleasantly surprised at what a fine conservation center it is. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) which in Britain denotes a protected area -in this

4. National Jazz Archive

Loughton Central Library Traps Hill, Loughton IG10 1HD, England Museums, Specialty Museums
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National Jazz Archive

The National Jazz Archive holds the UK's finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. Founded in 1988 by trumpeter Digby Fairweather, our vision is to ensure that the rich tangible cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers. We programme a range of concerts and talks throughout the year, and welcome visits from researchers and jazz fans to our home in Loughton.

Reviewed By mikewalker002 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

No borrowing

Enthusiastic staff. Loads of information and material. Only problem, you can't borrow anything - even the music books. Difficult to practice if you're not at home.

5. FSC Epping Forest

Paul's Nursery Road | High Beech, Loughton IG10 4AF, England Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Educational sites, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
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FSC Epping Forest

An education centre in the heart of Epping Forest, delivering courses to schools, families and adult learners.

Reviewed By happyessextraveller - EssexEssex

Visitor Centre is good for young children.

My older grandchildren used to attend half-day courses at the Epping Forest Field Centre every summer, and now their younger brothers are following in their footsteps. They just love going to the centre. The Field Centre is hidden behind the Kings Oak and

6. The Gardeners Arms

103 York Hill, Loughton IG10 1RX, England Nightlife, Bars & Clubs
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The Gardeners Arms

Reviewed By StLuciaRM - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

True Definition of a great English Pub

On a sunny Saturday after a walk in Epping Forrest we arrived thirsty and hungry at the Gardeners Arm pub. What a great little find! Reasonable priced bottles of wine and proper pub grub! Recommend the Hot salt beef sandwich, served in thick farmer style

7. Loughton Arts Centre

187B High Road, Loughton IG10 4LF, England Shopping, Gift & Specialty Shops
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Reviewed By happyessextraveller - EssexEssex

Do visit!

I have been to the Art Centre on a few occasions and although it is a tiny space, they manage to fit in a lot of original art work, some of it is exceptionally good. It is also a good place to find out what is going on, because it doubles as the local tou

8. Cycle Rhythm

228C High Road, Loughton IG10 1ET, England Spas & Wellness, Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms
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Cycle Rhythm

Cycle Rhythm is a state-of-the-art indoor cycling studio offering a high intensity, low impact workout with proven benefits. Our classes combine music, passionate instructors and high-spec cycles to create an exhilarating workout suitable for everyone, no matter their level of experience or fitness. Designed to engage your entire body, a Cycle Rhythm class is sure to burn calories, blast fat, tone muscles and help you to achieve increased cardiovascular strength and endurance in just 45 minutes.

Reviewed By AlisonLoughton - Loughton, United KingdomLoughton, United Kingdom

OMG.......What A Workout!

Love this place. State of the art bikes and motivating Instructors. Makes normal Spinning classes seem so boring. There are flat screens at the front so you can see your position in the room, will bring out any ones competitive side!! Some great deals in

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