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Things to do in London Borough of Havering, Greater London


The London Borough of Havering is in the extreme north east of Greater London and is part of Outer London. It is next to The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and its southern boundary is on the north bank of the River Thames. The M25 runs to the east of Havering.

Facts and Figures:

The Royal Liberty of Havering is the borough's former title, which dates back to the area's charter given by Edward IV in 1465. Now a borough like any other, Havering covers an area of 112 square km. (43 square miles) and has over 242,000 residents. It is the second least populated London borough after Hillingdon.

The majority of the population in Havering is White with just 4.8% of Black or Mixed ethnicity, the lowest proportion in any borough. Havering has one of the lowest unemployment rates in London, and has the most disabled badge holders.

More than half the borough is green-belt or park land.

The borough still has evidence of its earlier occupants - the Romans had a staging post at Durolitum which today is known as Romford.


Romford is the borough's main commercial centre with many office developments close to the railway station. It has always been closely tied to transport links in and out of London over the centuries, by road and later by rail. The Romford Canal plan stalled after just two miles!

The London Borough of Havering has three country parks, providing open space for walking, sports activities and nature watching.

Romford's famous market celebrated its 750th anniversary in 1997 and has no doubt seen a big change in its wares over the centuries. It sells clothes, antiques, food and records. More traditional shops can be found in and around the Liberty Shopping Centre with its major stores.

Romford is also the hotspot in Havering for nighttime entertainment. In fact it has the highest concentration of bars and nightclubs outside the West End.

Borough Attractions:

Havering Country Park is well known for a most unusual activity. It is a popular area for hot-air balloon flights in its open green space. Hornchurch Country Park is a popular place for birdwatching and Bedford Park is home to a herd of deer which can sometimes be spotted grazing in quiet glades.

The Upminster Windmill is a popular attraction to visit. This smock-style mill was built in 1803 and became high-tech when a steam engine was added in 1811 to drive the millstones. Unfortunately it increased the rateable value of the mill overnight from £30 to £77!

Also in Upminster is the Tithe Barn Museum, which offers a fascinating look at past times with its 14,500 domestic and agricultural implements.

The Queen's Theatre in Hornchurch always has a full program of productions, both amateur and professional.

Getting There:

The underground District Line runs east-west through the borough of Havering from which there is an extensive bus service linking all other districts. The borough is also served by two overground railways the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway and the Great Eastern Main Line.

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