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  • 1. History

    Romford was first recorded as Romfort in 1177. Historically, Romford was a market town and was further developed in 1839 when a railway station was opened in the town. Through the years, Romford’s key industries have changed from agricultural and light industry to retail and commerce.

  • 2. Now

    Romford has grown in the 20th century due to the suburban growth of London. This suburb to the north east of London is now one of the biggest commercial, retail and leisure areas outside of Central London.

  • 3. Events

    Romford is home to several exciting events including the Leytonstone Festival, Offset Festival and Harold Hill Summer Festival. Leytonstone Festival is a community celebration that includes many music and theatrical performances and the Offset Festival is a unique event that offers performance from new bands and the artists who inspired them. Harold Hill Festival includes the H...Read morearold Hill Big Lunch which is a big picnic in the park and many other activities such as dance workshops and activities for children. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Romford has many attractions to choose from including the Romford Ice Arena, Kidspace Romford and the Havering Museum. Romford Ice Arena offers a range of great skating activities for kids and is also home to the Romford Raiders ice hockey team. At Kidspace Romford there are a variety of fun activities for both adults and children to enjoy. There are electric go karts, one of t...Read morehe largest climbing frames in the UK and a 7 metre climbing wall. The Havering Museum tells the story of the people who have lived in Havering throughout the centuries. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    At Romford Greyhound Stadium you are sure to find an exciting atmosphere and a fun filled day or night out. Romford Market originated as a sheep market and has been in one of the largest and most popular street markets in the UK for centuries.

  • 6. Business

    Retails and commerce are the main business industries in Romford. The area is offers great leisure, entertainment, retail and commercial facilities outside of central London.

  • 7. Transport

    Romford offers excellent transport links to London and has regular services to Canning Town, Stratford, Leytonstone and Dagenham. Romford town centre has received a very high Public Transport Accessibility score of 6 because of the area’s road, rail and bus links.

  • 8. Entertainment

    Romford has a wide range of bars and clubs to choose from and offers a great night out. With the town’s proximity to London, visitors have a host of world class shows and theatrical productions to choose from.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Romford’s most famous landmark is its historical market. The market is still run today and offers hundreds of stalls selling food, clothing and groceries.

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    The Prodigy filmed the video for their song ‘Voodoo People’ at Romford Market.


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