Ilford is located in England, north east London and is managed by the London Borough of Redbridge. Ilford was previously know as Great Ilford, to distinguish it from a nearby area called Little Ilford, which is part of the London Borough of Newham. According to new figures, Redbridge is growing faster than the London average in population and is fast developing, becoming younger and diverse.
Served by the central line on the London Underground since 1947, Ilford is easily accessible. Its surrounding areas include Barking to the south, Gants hill to the north and Seven Kings to the east. The Great Eastern Main Line serves Ilford railway station and is travel card zone 4. With frequent trains between Liverpool street and Shenfield, Ilford provides quick access links to central London.
Ilford is a diverse multicultural area, dominated by an ethnic minority population. There is a high Jewish population towards the north of Ilford with a large south asian community widespread across all other areas. 63% of people living in the borough are UK born, with the rest of the population mainly coming from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Ilford has earned its part in history with the unearthing of a complete skull of a mammoth in 1860. This fantastic piece of history is available to view at the Natural History Museum but was originally discovered on Ilford high street.
Announced as the fastest growing tourist designation in Europe 2011 due to its close proximity to the London Olympics, Ilford is fast becoming a developing area.
The Exchange shopping mall, in the heart of Ilford, is an indoor shopping centre housing over 80 shops. Many markets and convenience stores can be found across Ilford, selling local goods and cuisine, catering to its diverse multicultural society.