Leyton joined the tube network and Central Line on 5th April 1947, transferring across from the London and North Eastern Railway. The station here first opened back on 22nd October 1856 as “Low Leyton”, gaining its present name in 1868.
The majority of station buildings here date from its time as a rail station, with Victorian-era platform shelters. The ticket hall is much more modern and non-descript. The station is very close to a section of the controversial M11 link road, which in turn saw the demolition of some older station structures here.
The Pub: Leyton Technical, 265B Leyton High Road, E10 5QN
The Leyton Technical just under five minutes walk from the tube. Head out of the station and walk North on Leyton High Road. The Leyton Technical is based in Leyton Old Town Hall, so its easy to spot as it’s such an impressive and imposing Grade II listed building. Part of the complex also housed a Technical Institute, which gives the pub its name.
Inside, a number of heritage features have been maintained and preserved including a tiled mosaic floor and lavish chandeliers by the main bar. Overall it retains somewhat of a grand aura. As an Antic pub it also has a number of their usual hallmarks including slightly ‘weathered’ furniture and eclectic trinkets(such as antlers!) and old paintings on the wall. There is even an old Piano near the door, but I’d guess it may have been awhile since its seen active service! As well as the main area around the bar, there is also a side room as well as plenty of cosy nooks to relax in.
Beer wise, the Technical had a good selection with Tim Taylor’s Landlord and a number from Sambrooks brewery including Junction and Battersea Rye which I hadn’t seen before. The menu consists of solid pub grub such as Sausage and Mash, Fish and Chips and the like. As we visited on a Saturday afternoon, brunch was also on the menu.
The Technical advertised having regular quiz and comedy nights too. It also opens till 1am at the weekend with live DJs. I was immediately impressed upon coming in here as they were playing a Rick James song which I thought made for a good atmosphere. It was pretty busy on the Saturday afternoon we dropped in with a mix of people with their kids to others just enjoying a weekend pint.
I really liked the Leyton Technical. It’s great to see pubs open up in slightly more unusual buildings, especially where historic elements of the building are preserved as they have been here. On top of that, it’s got a good atmosphere and strong ale selection. I’d highly recommend heading along the Central Line at least once to check the Technical out.