There have been substantial changes to the London border town of Loughton in Essex over the last thirty years. What was once a small village 13 miles from Central London. It featured in the Doomsday Book but only began to develop for a small village into a town in the 19th century. It was connected to London by the Eastern Counties Railway in 1856 but became better known to Londoners when the line was electrified and transferred to the London Undergound as part of the extended Central Line in 1948. Due to it’s growth from within Epping Forest, Loughton became known as the ‘Eastenders Playground’ – providing access to nature and forest hiking.
Today, it is known as an Eastenders’ playground for a very different reason. Loughton is home to many of the scenes in the hit television show, The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE). Bars such as Bar Luxe and Nu Bar are both based in High Road, Loughton. Many of the stars in the show have opened shops in the high Road too helping reenvigour the area after many independent stores were forced to close as the town centre saw the arrival of Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury’s as well as the original single supermarket Morissons (previously Safeway).
TOWIE star Lydia opened Bella Sorella and filming has taken place in the store at 251 High Road, Loughton. Fellow star Jessica (Sister of Mark Wright) opened ‘With Love Jessica’ down the street at 148 High Road shortly afterwards. The High Road is home to many independent restaurants and boutiques as well as several chain stores and estate agents.
Many other small businesses have thrived in Loughton as the town has grown, encroaching on the grasslands along the Central Line towards Buckhurst Hill and around the Debden area of the town. Epping Forest College has also grown in size and stature, delivering an increase in daily visitors from the college generation. There are many independent service providers such as IT and computer support and website design in Loughton.
The town is also a hotbed for medical and holistic treatment providers and spas. One of the leading colorimetry experts in Essex is based in Loughton. Colorimetry allows the alleviation of symptoms of dyslexia, migraines and meares irlen syndrome. Click here for more information about Dyslexia tests. There is also a large concentration of respected specialists in private medicine in the area. Many people can recommend a good psychiatrist in Loughton or hypnotherapy treatment in the area.
Small businesses in Essex market themselves in a number of ways. Many advertise in local paper The Guardian, at Loughton Station, through leaflet delivery or on the internet. There as also a thriving community of business networks in Loughton. Getting to the first page on Google for a local Loughton search is also a great way to be found. This relies on a good Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) program. Find about about an SEO consultant in Loughton here.
Loughton is also home to many religious institutions. There are a number of churches in the town as well as a thriving Jewish community based around Loughton Synagogue. There are a number of people that offer Bar Mitzvah lessons for children approaching religious adulthood. For more information about Bar Mitzvah lessons, click here.
If you haven’t been to Loughton, it’s a beautiful place to stop and have a stroll when visiting the natural beauty of Epping Forest. It can be reached from the M11 or junction 26 on the M25 or by train via the London Underground Central Line.