Romford is a large suburb of East London. Part of the London Borough of Havering, Romford sits twenty three kilometres northeast of Charing Cross. According to the London Plan, Romford is one of the thirty five major metropolitan and commercial hubs of the capital. Historically, Romford was a market town in the country of Essex. Predominantly rural in the early eighteen hundreds, Romford saw development and urbanisation through a shift from agriculture to light industry and retail as well as commerce. The opening of the local train station in the late eighteen thirties also helped the market town make the move to a suburban area. In the nineteen thirties, Romford had developed sufficiently and became a municipal borough of ever growing London. Since nineteen sixty five Romford is officially part of Greater London.
In the last fifty years, after being absorbed by Greater London, Romford has developed sufficiently large local economy, based on retail, commerce and hospitality. At the moment, Romford is one of the largest commercial and retail hubs outside central London. There are a large number of bars, clubs and pubes situated across the suburb. Retail shopping locations are abundant, office and commercial space in Romford is substantial and still growing. The borough council has taken on the challenge of developing Romford as a local centre of culture and arts. The area makes good use of a number of cinemas, theatres and various other performing and display art venues. In the early nineties, Romford was one of the powerhouses for production of electronic and dance music, effectively rivalling the labels of Central London.
One of the main places of interest in the area, is Romford Market. The market was formed in twelve forty seven, making it one of the oldest such establishments in England. It was Romford Market that helped put the town on the map, and was instrumental to developing and sustaining its local economy. Over eight hundred years ago, King Henry the Third formed Romford Market with an official royal charter. However, the original market was formed as a sheep market though it expanded to cover a wide range of goods and produce over the centuries. Nowadays, Romford Market gathers three times a week, and features all sorts of products and items for buyers to choose. Most people find a day at the market to be a great outing, full of positive experiences. Romford Market is still one of the largest such gatherings in the South East of the country, with over hundred and fifty permanent stalls. Romford Market is not just the stalls, the place also features a large number of cafes and eateries, where people can grab a drink and bite. There are also bars and video game arcades.
Specialised retail shopping however is best done at either one of Romford’s large shopping centres. One is Romford Shopping Hall featuring nearly fifty different brand stores. The other is the well-known Liberty Shopping Centre – offering a choice of over one hundred brand name stores. Romford Market gathers every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from eight thirty in the morning to four thirty in the afternoon, and until five o clock on a Saturday, regardless of the weather. In the month leading to Christmas, Romford market is open every day until Christmas, including Sundays. The Market is also a good spot to get entertained and amused, as Havering Council frequently stages various shows and performances there, ranging from street football to opera singing.
For current information on events, locations, travel options as well as special market stalls featured at the next market gathering please visit romford.info, the official Romford Market Website and Havering Council website.