The Borough of Havering is situated in East London and makes up a segment of Outer London.
Havering is made up of major communities such as Hornchurch, Rainham, and Upminster.
Havering’s principal town, Romford, is popular for its retail and night time entertainment centres.
The Havering borough is mostly suburban with several protected open spaces. The borough was created in 1965 by combining Hornchurch Urban District and the Municipal Borough of Romford.
Havering’s name refers to the Royal Liberty of Havering which was situated in the region for hundreds of years.
The borough of Havering has a total land area of 112.27 km2 (43.35 sq mi) and a population density of 2,300/km2 (5,900/sq mi). This makes it one of the London Boroughs with a lower population density than others. This is because much of the area is reserved parkland with over half the borough (23 square miles) being part of the Metropolitan Green Belt.
As of mid-2017 the population of Havering was estimated at 256,000.
Havering’s area codes are 01708 and 020, and its official website is www.havering.gov.uk
The London Borough of Bexley by the River Thames borders Havering to the south. The London Borough of Barking and London Borough of Redbridge border it to the west, while Essex is to the east and Dagenham to the north.
Over 7,000 businesses have their offices in Havering with Romford being the borough’s commercial hub. Other parts of Havering with significant commercial activity are between Rainham and the River Thames to the south. That’s where Rainham Steel has its headquarters.
As the main retail district of Havering, Romford has many shopping galleries with many connected to the main Liberty Shopping Centre. In the north of Romford lies Romford Market which is the largest market in the borough of Havering and its surrounding areas.
Hornchurch and Upminster are also major retail centres that feature extensive high street shopping venues.
Some of Havering’s popular neighbourhoods are Ardleigh Green, Collier Row, Chase Cross, Harold Hill, Rainham, and Elm Park.
North Ockendon, Noak Hill, Havering-atte-Bower, and Wennington are some of Havering’s exurbs with green buffers of parkland or farmland.
The Borough of Havering’s most developed areas include Emerson Park, Gidea Park, Upminster, Hornchurch, Harold Wood, and Romford which are all traditional garden suburb districts.
Some of Havering’s major places of interest include: The Diver, Fairkytes Arts Centre in Hornchurch, Langtons, Brookside Theatre, Liberty Shopping Centre, Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia, Romford Market, Gidea Park, Queen's Theatre, Rainham Hall, Upminster Windmill, Bedfords Park, and River Thames.
The Borough of Havering is partly bordered by the M25 motorway to the east, separating the borough from North Ockendon. The A13 near Rainham and the A12 near Romford are the area’s main trunk radial routes. The A124 local road starting at Canning Town ends at Upminster while the A127 trunk road to Southend starts at Gallows Corner.
Havering makes up a section of the Havering and Redbridge London Assembly constituency.