Whilst there are good transport connections into central London, Ilford does have all the ingredients needed to have a good night out. With a theatre, pubs, restaurants and clubs all within easy walking distance of one another, there is no need to travel far.
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Restaurants in Ilford
There are numerous restaurants in Ilford to eat at, with cuisine from around the world, including Indian, Thai and Mexican. The Wok Wala on the High Road gets consistently good reviews, and they have an interesting range of new milkshakes which appeal to some. Another good restaurant is Mirage Steak Restaurant on Eastern Avenue. Portions are large enough to satisfy even the hungriest steak lovers, and there is also a selection of Turkish dishes. Other notable restaurants include the Thai Royale on Woodford Avenue, and Yen Lin on Goodmayes Road.
Pubs and Bars in Ilford
Ilford has a mix of local pubs, and pubs part of national chains. The Great Spoon of Ilford on Cranbrook Road, is part of the Wetherspoon chain of pubs, for example. Specialising in cheap food and drinks, it is a good place to start the night before moving on to one of the other pubs and clubs in the Ilford area. Slightly upmarket from The Great Spoon, is O’Neills on Station Road. Again, part of a chain pub, this Irish themed bar has food throughout the day, and a good range of beers and spirits including Guinness of course. Live music is also a feature at the weekends, with Irish folk and Indie bands proving popular. For a drink in a more traditional looking building, The Cuckhold a short distance away in Wanstead might be better.
Clubs in Ilford
There are half a dozen nightclubs in the Ilford area to choose from, with Faces Lounge and Club on Gants Hill being perhaps the most prominent. They encourage membership, but it is possible to pay on the door, and various offers and a good vibe entice locals and visitors alike. Close by to Faces, is Visage 80’s bar. This appeals to an unpretentious crowd who are more interested in having plain, simple fun. 80’s music and neon lighting go hand in hand to give the place a retro feel that is more cheesy than cool, but all in a good way. For other clubs, it is best to ask in the local bars and clubs to see what the locals recommend.
Other Entertainment in Ilford
The Kenneth More Theatre was opened in 1975, and provides a stage for both professional and amateur productions. If visiting during the Festive season, be sure to catch the pantomime, which is a firm favourite with the locals. Located on Oakfield Road, it’s worth contacting the box office to see what may be on when you are in the area. The I-Scene complex in Ilford has a cinema and a bowling alley for those people seeking a more relaxed way of spending an evening in the area, or looking for something to do before hitting some pubs and clubs.