Forest Gate station's first incarnation opened in 1840, but didn't last long, closing just three years later. Locals weren't entirely pleased, and sustained pressure led to a reopening in 1846. The station has remained open ever since. Today it's a busy commuter station serving a residential district in the east London borough of Newham. Just five miles and 13 minutes from London Liverpool Street, the station is in Travelcard Zone 3, and is set to get busier in 2019, when new Crossrail services arrive.
The first thing that strikes you about Forest Gate is the abundance of terrace houses and green spaces. It's a quaint and quiet suburb but there's also much to do hidden within the area's streets. Throughout the 20th century The Upper Cut Club - where Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and Pink Floyd once played - was the area's major draw, but today Forest Gate is a foodie haven, and a particular favourite with lovers of Indian food.