High Street Heroes in Upminster

PUBLISHED: 11:42 16 November 2015 | UPDATED: 11:42 16 November 2015




Although the convenience of the London Underground may attract residents to live in this Essex town, they soon realise that a thriving high street means they have much of what they need on their doorstep, writes Emily Talbut

Despite its geographic proximity to London, this attractive Essex town manages to combine new and necessary developments alongside charming remnants of the past that locals are keen to preserve and visitors are keen to enjoy. Boasting an Anglo Saxon church and one of the last few working, Grade II listed windmills in Greater London, there is much to admire here.

This is particularly noticeable in the high street where major national chain stores are nestled beside local goods and services suppliers, including, but far from limited to, a fancy dress shop, stationery suppliers and a shoe stockist. With more than 180 shops and restaurants to choose from, locals have access to everything they need, whether they wish to stand by homegrown businesses, opt for well-known names, or settle for a perfect blend of the two.

An impressive array of local eateries can also be found here, as well as a bakery and butchers, while upkeep of this flourishing local food trade is assisted by occasional Italian markets featuring stalls and street entertainers to delight residents.

The town centre itself is fringed by the family friendly Upminster Park, making it feel like a complete breath of fresh air from the culture of the capital just a tube ride away. Though Upminster may have accepted a gradual infiltration of more famous businesses onto its high street, the heart of this town and an emphasis on preserving the traditions of the past remains the same. With this sense of local pride, this vibrant centre of commerce has a bright future for many years to come.

Here Essex Life meets some of the friendly faces you might come across on a trip into Upminster….

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