Town guide: Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 12:31 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:43 25 August 2016

'Hornchurch' Mike T, Flickr, CC 2.0

'Hornchurch' Mike T, Flickr, CC 2.0


Known for its green spaces and diverse choice of cuisine, Hornchurch has much to offer.

Nestled in the district of Romford, Hornchurch has benefitted much from its close proximity to London. But despite being close to the capital, the area also boasts beautiful scenery and many tranquil places to escape to. The vibrancy created in Hornchurch is clear to see, with so much variety that the whole family will never run out of things to do. For the children, there are numerous play centres, both indoor and out. For adults there are some exciting bars or, if relaxing is more your thing, there are spas and beauty salons in which to enjoy some ‘me’ time.

You’ll also find The Hornchurch Country Park, a former RAF base which has now won awards for its mix of heritage, ecology and conservation. The park is rich in wildlife, contains recreational lakes for fishing and a play area for the children. Known for its vast array of restaurants, Hornchurch is perfect for satisfying your taste buds. Visitors can expect more exotic cuisines, such as Thai, Indian and Turkish grills. However, if you prefer more continental tastes, there are also many authentic Italian or British restaurants serving high quality, classic dishes.

Shopping in Hornchurch is another delight. Visitors are spoilt for choice with an array of shops. For everyday items there are a number of convenient stores and many well known brands. However, if it is something a bit more special that you are after, Hornchurch has some wonderful boutiques for clothing and the home.

Here are a few people you may come across on a visit to Hornchurch…

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Clarkes Floors and Furniture

Cliff Radley, Colin Bridgen, Lynn Blowers, David Butler and Kevin Clements

Clarkes Floors and Furniture stocks everything from carpets, rugs, vinyl, sofas, blinds, pictures, mirrors, dining sets, furniture, lighting, accessories and gifts for the home.

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Havering Fancy Dress

Megan O’Connell

The Havering Fancy Dress shop is here to help all your costume ideas and creations come to life.

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Lynne Adams, Carly Stafford

Apache is a little different, offering classic styles in the finest Italian fabrics available. All ages and all sizes are catered for, with new styles added every week and friendly staff.

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Hornchurch Jewellers

Vijay Lodhia

With a focus on new concepts, fresh ideas and great service, Horchurch Jewellers specialises in handmade diamond jewellery, jewellery repairs and watch servicing alongside great brands in store such as Carat, Fiorelli and Ti Sento

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Ross Clark, Terry Peace, Ashley Ellis, Jason Smith and Jayne Clifton

Beresfords is the largest, family-owned independent estate agency in Essex and has been operating for more than 45 years.

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Queens Theatre

Sarah Soliman, Grace Coppin, Thom Stanbury, Susan Stavri, Nadiah Scammell, Maureen Wilson and Jan Sullivan

The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch offers the best in house-produced theatre, visiting live entertainment and inspiring Learning and Participation projects.

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Home sweet Home

Susanne Blackledge and Cheryl Nash

Home Sweet Home is a boutique style shop offering a wide range of furniture and accessories for the home

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Godfreys of Hornchurch

Cheryl Windsor-Smith, Catherine Thompson and Janet Maitland

Meet the Godfrey girls from Hornchurch High Street. This is just one of the eight Godfreys bakery shops in the Hornchurch and Romford area.

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Fleur Couture

Holly Lane

This established florist can cater for all occasions: weddings, funerals, corporate occasions and all other events. In house consultations are available by appointment and there is free local delivery.

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