Lying on the eastern fringes of Greater London, Havering is characterised by it's suburban scenery and includes the main centres of Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster. Despite being just 30 minutes from central London, it is lucky enough to count over half its area as protected countryside, parkland and nature reserves; you're never far from beautiful, countryside scenery. The borough has one of the lowest unemployment and crime rates in Greater London, but enjoys a lower level of cultural diversity with only 5% of the population coming from ethnic minority backgrounds.
If visiting Havering, you're lucky to be based between two culturally rich places; London and Essex, however you will also find plenty in the Borough itself which is worth exploring. Thames Chase Forest Centre is a great place to start with its great scenery, walks and picnic opportunities! It has a visitor centre with interactive exhibition, a cafe and a shop set in 140 acres of community woodland, all of which is fully accessible via footpaths, cycle and horse rides. There is also a vibrant arts scene; look at the latest programme of events on at The Queen's Theatre or Fairkytes Arts Centre, both of which offer a great range of top-quality performances. To experience the real feel of the place, try village life in Havering atte Bower or market day in Romford's 750 year-old market!