Havering Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Havering

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!

Must see attractions in Havering

Regions & Neighbourhoods in Havering

Collier Row
The area where Collier Row sits today was little other than agricultural land up until the 1930s, when a housing estate was developed to accommodate London’s expansion. Shops and main roads soon fol...
Elm Park
Elm Park in east London was developed in the late 1930s to accommodate working class residents who suffered from overcrowding in the city’s slums. Recent regeneration has brought about a revival of ...
Harold Hill
Harold Hill is the name of the one of the post-war housing estates erected in East London to house people living in slums in the city. The area suffers from high crime rates and vandalism, and it is g...
If you’re wondering how this East London neighbourhood got its name, it’s because of the church that has existed here since the 13th century, with an unconventional bull’s horn mounted on one of...
Located in northeast London, in the borough of Havering, Rainham is mostly residential, although several large companies have chosen to have their headquarters here. Throughout the 19th and 20th centu...

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