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Speedy connections to Liverpool Street mean you're never too far from the buzz of the capital

"Many people don't realise it's only a quick train ride into central London from Barking Station!"

Natalie Mills

"Barking has a lot to offer - shops, schools and river walks...and with a massive regeneration programme already under way, its future is very bright..."

Joshua Mugume

"Investment from the Mayor's Out of London fund has made a marked difference with new public spaces and community projects..."

Joshua Mugume

What is your favourite place?

Where do Romford locals go?

Virgin Active, Repton Park

Not somewhere accessible to every local, but worth a mention all the same. The pool here is set within a converted church and is one of the most relaxing places to come and reflect upon your day...or just reflect on life.


Great Middle Eastern-style food, stunning venue and a fantastic atmosphere. Will certainly be going back! You can spend your whole evening here, as there's a cocktail bar with live music for pre or post-dinner drinks.

Golden Fleece

A hidden gem in Forest Gate Village overlooking Wanstead Flats, this pub has recently undergone a full refurbishment and has a huge beer garden at the rear.

The Larder

Great Coffee and Cake - It has only just opened!

Wanstead Park

Home to a variety of wildlife, Wanstead Park and its pond are fantastic on a lazy Sunday; take a stroll and feed the ducks and geese.

Panda's Kitchen

Chinese takeaway if you're in between the Forest Gate and Upton Park Area. All fresh ingredients, amazing portions and cooked with loads of colour and flavour!

Wanstead Flats

A fantastic green open space situated between Forest Gate, Manor Park and Aldersbrook.

Wanstead Farmers' Market

Great locally produced food. Look out for TTaste street food serving freshly made gyoza (Chinese dumplings) served with TTaste homemade chilli oil.

London Fish Bazaar

This excellent fish shop buys in their fish from Billingsgate Market. They cater for a variety of cultures, with a range of exotic fish.


A fantastic Asian confectionary shop selling both sweet and savoury treats on Green Street, close to Upton Park Underground Station.

Vijay's Chawalla

A down to earth vegetarian Indian restaurant, with tasty, inexpensive, healthy and authentic food.

Dynamix Health Club

The perfect place to go to relieve stress after work. It has an amazing free weights room and a cafe serving healthy juices and shakes made from a choice of protein brands.


This cafe next to Wanstead Park Station makes a great cappuccino!

Corner Kitchen

Fantastic family orientated cafe serving unique stone baked pizzas, homemade cakes and featuring a basement playground with dedicated activities throughout the week for under 5's. Great place to take babies and toddlers.

Pie Republic

Great traditional pie and mash.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Goodmayes, Becontree, Seven Kings, Longbridge, Newbury, Hainault, Fairlop, Barkingside, Fulwell and Clementswood

What do you love about Romford?

Why do you find Romford a great place to live?


"I like Romford because Firstly, my work place, Queens hospital is here Secondly,beautiful area with good parks, schools & shopping centers Last but not the least people here are lively & friendly."

February 2015


"Great transport options into London but not far from some fantastic country parks, best of both worlds"

February 2015


"Romford is near enough to the centre of the City for some action, yet close enough to the Essex countryside for peace with contentment!"

December 2014


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"The name Upminster is derived from "higher church" and appears in the Domesday Book as Upmunstra."

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Child-friendly activities near Romford

NCT Bumps & Babies Group

Mumspace upstairs at Mothercare
We are very pleased to be starting up a new Bumps & Babies group every Tuesday from 1st October 2013 9.30am - 11.30am. This is being held in the newly refurbished Mothercare in Romford opposite Queens Hospital. There is a new 'Mumspace' facility where we will be meeting and there is even a lovely big Costa in store so you can grab a cuppa to bring up with you. Everyone is welcome no need to be a member. Expectant parents new parents second third or fourth time parents! Come along for a chat. Website

Multi-Sport Holiday Club-Dorothy Barley Academy

Dorothy Barley Academy
Inspire to Engage is Premier Sport's brand new holiday course initiative. Your children will keep busy and active with a huge variety of activities and sports for them to enjoy during the school holiday. The fun environment on our holiday courses means they mix with loads of children of their own age, get active and most importantly have fun. The scheme is not avaliable on Good Friday and the Easter Bank Holiday on Monday 6th April. Website

Upminster Barracudas Activity Day Camps

Coopers' Co & Coborn School
Coopers' Co. & Coborn School enjoys extensive sporting facilities as a specialist sports school. These include an all-weather pitch, sports hall, gymnasium, dance studio, archery range, motorsports track, indoor swimming pool, as well as playing fields and a hard area with 2 newly laid tennis courts, so there's plenty of space for all Barracudas activities both indoor and out. Our Upminster Camp offers fun activities during the school Easter and summer holidays. The camp is for children aged 4.5 to 16 years and offers more than 80+ exciting activities including sports, crafts and creative arts. Flexible hours from 8am to 6pm means busy parents can relax knowing their children are well entertained all day! Website

Messy Morning

Claude Ramsey Library
This is a chance to: have fun through messy play, be able to explore different textures and materials, and enable parents to meet other parents/carers with children the same age. This is a drop in session so no booking is required. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting a bit messy. Website
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