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 an overall area of around 14.99 square miles. The borough is located in between Epping Forest and Essex in the north, Redbridge towards the east, Newham and Hackney to the south, and Haringey and Enfield towards the west, exactly where the River Lea and Lea Valley and the surrounding parkland forms a green corridor separating north and east London. Significant districts are Leyton and Leytonstone in the south, Walthamstow at the centre, and Chingford in the north.
In accordance with population estimates from the middle of 2014, Waltham Forest is a borough with a permanent population of around 268020 inhabitants. 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 towards the south having inner-city characteristics, and more affluent residential development towards the north with open spaces, parks, and playing fields.
Historically called the seat of the Arts and Crafts Movement under the stewardship of William Morris, Waltham Forest continues to help numerous contemporary artists and art groups. The annual E17 Art Trail, which contains open studios, exhibitions and events, is the largest art event in the borough, and there is certainly now a similar occasion in Leytonstone. Waltham Forest was among the list of six London boroughs that hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics.