The Greater London suburban town of Romford has come a long way over the years. Originally a market town in the county of Essex, it has since become more independent and is now one of biggest retail and commercial districts in the Greater London area outside of the capital itself. Romford is a confident, upwardly-mobile kind of place right now. Entertainment is also big business for Romford and is responsible for a big chunk of the town’s economy. From huge 16-screen multiplex cinemas and shopping malls to paintballing and a thriving nightlife scene, Romford attracts punters from all over the London area and beyond, hoping to get away from the crammed parts of Central London for a good time.
A compact, fuel efficient economy car is perfect for Romford where you will encounter few difficulties whilst driving.
Driving in Romford
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Important things to note
Like in most large towns, traffic in Romford can get quite busy at times and unsurprisingly at rush hour. Avoid these hours and you should be fine.
There isn’t a huge amount of free parking available in Romford city centre, however there are plenty of large, secure car parks, many of which are attached to shopping malls.
Parking fines are handed out quite readily in Romford so be vigilant when leaving your vehicle.
Highlights & Hotspots
Romford Greyhound Stadium provides entertainment for the entire family and doesn’t cost the earth. Rated as one of the best nights out in the Greater London area, people flock in their droves to try their luck. Booking tickets in advance is highly recommended.
Mayhem Paintball has been going strong since 1987 and boasts 16 different playing arenas. The range of different props and setting is impressive. Cars, full size tanks, a coach, and a recently added town provide the perfect backdrop as you let off some steam with a bit of friendly fire.
Hainault Golf Club offers players of all abilities the chance to try two different courses and features a decent club house complete with outdoor terrace. It is also home to one of its most popular restaurants, the Imperial Oriental, which serves classic Chinese dishes in a lively environment.
Romford comes alive at night and there is a wide range of pubs, bars and clubs to choose from. South Street is just off Romford High Street and has a number of venues to choose from to suit all tastes. The Goose Romford is an unassuming and cheap pub with an outdoor area and friendly staff.
Romford doesn‚Äôt have its own airport but is just an hour away from London Gatwick and an hour and 10 minutes from London Gatwick. Each of these large, international airports accepts flights from all corners of the globe.
London City Airport is a little closer, being accessible via the A12 going west and then the A406 southbound.