The London Borough of Waltham Forest is a London borough in north east London, England. The local authority is Waltham Forest London Borough Council. It covers a total area of around 14.99 square miles. The borough is located between Epping Forest and Essex in the north, Redbridge in the east, Newham and Hackney towards the south, and Haringey and Enfield in the west, where the River Lea and Lea Valley and the surrounding parkland forms a green corridor separating north and east London. Main districts are Leyton and Leytonstone in the south, Walthamstow in the centre, and Chingford in the north.
Based on population estimates from the middle of 2014, Waltham Forest is a borough with a permanent population of about 268020 individuals. The north and south of the borough, split by the North Circular Road, contrast markedly in terms of ethnicity and socio-economic indicators, with built-up urban districts in the south having inner-city characteristics, and more affluent residential development to the north with open spaces, parks, and playing fields.
Historically referred to as the seat of the Arts and Crafts Movement under the stewardship of William Morris, Waltham Forest has continued to support lots of contemporary artists and art groups. The annual E17 Art Trail, which includes open studios, exhibitions and events, is the largest art event in the borough, and there's now a comparable event in Leytonstone. Waltham Forest was among the six London boroughs that hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics.