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Leyton and Leytonstone are classic ‘East London’ destinations, situated in the London Borough of Waltham Forest about 7 miles north east of Charing Cross. Predominantly a residential area, it’s famous for its traditional English Victorian terraced houses and for being home to part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympics Park; which played a large role in the hosting of the London 2012 Olympics. 

We mention all of this as we’re currently actively recruiting homestay host families in the Leyton and Leytonstone area. These are local families who have a spare room and are able to host an international student guest for a short-term stay while they need to live in London to complete their study or work placements. Homestays really allow students to immerse themselves in British culture, life and language, in a way that simply can’t be achieved staying in a hotel! 

HFS London matches international students looking for homestay placements with host families in their desired area. 

Why Leyton and Leytonstone? 

There’s nothing more traditionally ‘London’ than the East End, so Leyton and Leytonstone fit the bill nicely for those looking to authentically experience the capital. A diverse community resides here, so students from all over the world can feel at home whilst still enjoying a new place. There’s a real community feel to the neighbourhood, so this combined with its fantastic transport links into central London makes it an attractive place to stay. 

Leyton Sixth Form College is considered the best sports college in London (no surprise given the Olympic facilities down the road!), and with lots of other universities and higher and further education institutions in the wider area, it’s easily commutable for those studying nearby. 

What is there to do in Leyton and Leytonstone? 

Despite it being your home and perhaps you not always being able to see the wood for the trees, there are still things to do in Leyton and Leytonstone that will be of interest to international visitors. These may not seem like much to you, but they’ll be new experiences for your guests – so why not take them along on an evening or weekend? 

Cycle around the Lee Valley VeloPark

Velodrome facilities aren’t easily available everywhere, and the Lee Valley is Olympic standard! Anyone can book in to try out cycling in the velodrome, on the road trails, on mountain bike terrain or along BMX tracks – no experience necessary! 

Ride down the ArcelorMittal Orbit

Another iconic fixture in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the tallest sculpture in the UK… with a helter skelter attached! It won the Turner Prize for its art and visitors can enjoy great views across the park and further afield from its viewing platforms before riding the slide back down. Book online for the best prices. 

Shop local at the New Leytonstone Market

Most countries have a market culture, and visiting one somewhere new is always fascinating. The new Leytonstone Market offers entertainment and children’s activities alongside stalls selling street food, upcycled furniture and homewares, clothing, a bar and local business’ products. 

Become a Host Family in Leyton and Leytonstone

If you live in Leyton or Leytonstone with the space to host international students for short-term stays, and fancy earning some extra cash in doing so, get in touch! The HFS London team will guide you through the application process and are always on-hand to offer support and advice through all homestays. Contact us now to discuss getting your property on the homestay register and to take the first step to welcoming guests as soon as possible

Not in Leyton? HFS are also looking for hosts in neighbouring Stratford, Walthamstow, Wanstead and Clapton.

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